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Old 09-08-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Can you carb beer bottles with a Sodastream?

Can you carb beer bottles with a Sodastream?

Just wondering, could be a dumb question, but it is early and I'm not awake yet


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Old 09-08-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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I guess if you had beer syrup.........


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Old 09-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Watch the video on their website.

http://www.sodastreamusa.com/product_info.aspx

You load up a 2 liter bottle with water, then stick it in the SodaStream machine and blast it with CO2. Instant soda water. For flavors, they pour the syrup into the bottle with the water.

I think you could do this with fermented wort instead of water. Just fill up the bottle with your fermented wort, stick it in the machine and blast it with CO2.

Would be a fun experiment if you own one. I wouldn't buy one just to try this, however. Maybe a friend who has one would let you experiment. Or smuggle some of your fermented wort into a store and try it there. Make sure you get a video for us to watch if you go this route!
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I think I read elsewhere that beer in a soda stream turns into a foam disaster. Never tried it though.
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/sodastream-256109/
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:29 PM   #6
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Short answer appears to be: NO

Oh well, was just a thought haha, was thinking of getting one so I can make cherry cola, can't buy it anywhere here so was wondering if beer would work but maybe not. Seems some have had success.

If I get one I will probably try it and see what happens though.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:44 AM   #7
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Psst. Get a keg setup, build or buy a carbonator cap, and your soda water will be cheaper for it, and you can use it to force carb small quantities of beer (good for taste tests) or force carb a full keg. You can then get a kegerator/keezer setup, add faucets and dispense beer!

Really though, if you're even considering any sort of carbonator, go for the co2 tank and carbonator cap. The investment of material is the same cost as a sodastream, plus more versatile.

However... if there are people around who are non-technical...or whatever the appropriate term for scared of the co2 tank regulator adjustments, tank valves and connecting the ball lock. (Like kids, some girlfriends, some mothers) then get the sodastream (and then say it's for them and get the kegging setup!)

Compare this: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Detail.bok?no=247 with this: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=131624
Both have the same cost structure for initial equipment. (120 vs 99-150 depending on sodastream)
The sodastream unit is only capable of 60 liters per mini tank which holds 14.5oz co2.
The small co2 tank weighing 5 pounds, (in accordance with 60 liters/14.5oz * (5lbs*16oz/lb)) is expected to give over 300 liters. A sodastream tank "refill" or exchange costs $15 per tank (usually $30 for two tanks) and a 5 pound refill will cost around $20.

Force carbing beer this way does cause some foam, but you can let it rest for a day and it'll be fine.
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my friend has a soda stream thing and he a stout that was in a conical which had finished fermenting. I offered up the Idea to try out the soda stream device on a bottle of stout, we did and it really wasnt bad for a warm, green stout. Didnt foam up or anything I thought it was pretty cool.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #9
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I have a Soda Stream, and it works great for carbonating tap water. If I add the SLIGHTEST amount of juice or essential oils before carbonating, I get a foam fountain that tops any pornographer's dreams. So I personally do not recommend trying Soda Stream wort/beer carbonation. The green stout post above does seem like some evidence in favor of the experiment, but I would only try this OUTSIDE. I do recommend getting a corny keg and a 5# CO2 bottle, and force carbonate the whole batch.


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