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Old 02-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #11
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Well, i found the ultimate lazy man shortcut that may shut me up for a while... conventional frozen juice concentrate. The obvious approach seems much better than those sodastream flavors. I thaw in the fridge and put two short slits on opposite sides of the can top for slow accurate pouring. Filling the remaining space of a carbonated sodastream bottle gives the right sweetness, tartness, and real fruit flavor. The bubbles elevate it over over the flat version of the mix.


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Old 02-13-2013, 02:23 AM   #12
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I've never used refrigerated water. Just cold tap water.

Here's what the lady that was demonstrating the machine told me: Fill it to the water fill-line, hit the carb button (short presses, a little less than 1sec each) until it makes that loud buzzy noise. Make it buzz 3 times (approx 1/2 second to 1sec each).

Vent bottle using pivot mechanism on machine, detach, addy syrup (SLOWLY), and gently rotate the bottle end-over-end to disperse. Dont shake it.
Some observations on that... wow, it takes many, many presses for my refrigerated water to reach that buzzing stage. I stop at the first buzz and it gets hyper bubblified even after blowing out half the co2 when i unscrew bottle. I like the results, but fear the co2 costs will be punishing.

By the way, i started sweetening some drinks with cold corn syrup, and it takes more than a tumble to mix. You can see the blob first glue itself to the sides. After much rolling of the bottle, it then detaches to a heavy blob which crashes from end to end when you turn end over end. Leave it at room temp to disapate for half an hour, then refridge. Wow, a huge amount of syrup is needed to sweeten to even half the commercial levels... but tastes less grassy than sugar.

But what i focus on most is frozen juice concentrate. Man, the various brands act differently. Minute maid pink lemonade is sublime. Cut slits on either side of the top, defrost, and fill the whole top of your sodastream bottle with it... perfect and dreamy... nothing like the uncarbonated kind.

Old orchard brand has no sweeteners or additives, but kind of foams up when added... i will have to try smaller pouring holes. Welches grape came out bad for unknown reason... seems to kill the bubbles. Some generic brands taste ok. I want to try mixing lemon and orange like they do fresh in italy. Or use a weak lemonade as a base to add flavor drops like blueberry.

After this zippy taste of natural pulpy fruit, commercial sodas taste like its all a load of corn syrup to cover up mediocre artificial taste.


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Old 02-13-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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^that's cool. It never occurred to me to use juices/concentrates in the sodastream.

the pink lemonade one sounds great.

I did forget to mention in my first post that all the syrups I use are the sodastream concentrates, and are @ room temp. I could see how a cold blob of syrup would take a while to mix
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:45 PM   #14
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The pink lemonade may have been a lucky find. Many other flavors foam a lot or taste strange with carbolic acid. I think lemon or lime makes a great compatible base to work with. Then, other flavors can be added afterwards in moderation to donate some sweetness and variety without creating a volcano.

Grape makes a good add on, and of course is the pink on lemonade. My minute maid limeade was too acidic, and I had to add a ton of grape to form a balanced ruby limeade. Orange is so disappointing... it foams horribly and tastes strange, so will have to stay as an add on. Some of these foamers, like the old orchard line may work if I can stick in as a long narrow popsicle then recap fast.

I like a generic brand of berry punch, although they simulate the blueberry with grape plus pear. And also most cheap brands have an off taste like the pasteurization cooked it too long. By the way, there is a new but expensive way to pasteurize cold with high pressure.

Next I want to resume on a non foaming coffee mocha, with maybe the powder wrapped in corn syrup.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:10 AM   #15
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Mmmmm, i seemed to have achieved an even higher level of nirvana with the lemonade plus flavor drops approach. I started with pure minute maid lemonade, cutting the pour slits on the bottom of frozen concentrate can as usual. Last into the sodastream bottle, i added about six drops of ameretto flavor drops from capella flavorings... zowie! http://capellaflavordrops.com/flavordrops.aspx

The highly concentrated flavor drops don't work well alone, but really shine against a lemonade base. I've got a bunch of flavors from them using the 10℅ discount code on their web site. I also have some bakto flavorings coming in from amazon, but its only affordable to get their variety packs including somewhat dull flavors with the good.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:36 AM   #16
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^that's cool. It never occurred to me to use juices/concentrates in the sodastream.
Me too!

I love my sodastream
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #17
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I should note a few pitfalls i found. Like i said earlier, lemonade or especially limeade can get a bit acid when carbolic acid is added from bubbles. Maybe some calcium powder or something could be added to reduce tooth erosion, since i am so addicted to it?

Also you can go weak on the frozen concentrate and add flavor drops, but not too much. If you accidentally quadruple the dose for instance, it tastes very weird, not more intense. I mention this after trying the bakto line of flavorings, which are easy to overdose because they don't come with a dropper top.

I tried frozen concentrate of pina colada mix which turned out all foamy and lumpy but delicious. Such a mess that i will only do it occasionally for novelty.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #18
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I tried using smuckers boysenberry syrup, i guess made for waffles... it didnt come out well for reasons i dont understand. The syrup itself is incredibly delicious... that berry hybrid has an interesting history found on wikipedia. Maybe because i didnt completely chill the syrup, it foamed a lot. But i capped it with bubbles left and rolled it a lot to let its corn syrup reluctantly mix. It had to warm a bit in order to mix, so i cooled it again before opening to allow the co2 to redissolve. The sweet to tart ratio was about right with carbolic acid, but it just tasted bland or fighting the acid instead of complimenting it. Really disappointing because there are so many fruit syrups that sound good.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #19
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I have some juice concentrates that I bought for wine making at www.homewinery.com and out if curiosity used some in carbonated water and it worked well. You can buy pint sized ones or 64 oz containers, wide variety of fruit flavors like watermelon, pineapple, passionfruit, etc. Something to consider.
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I'm now making real diet coke with my soda stream!

I got a FreedomOne+ adapter from CO2Doctor.com. That allowed me to connect my sodastream to a 5lb bottle I got at my LHBS. Saves me a ton of money. I also found a local source of supply for diet real coke syrup (Restaurant Depot - business license required). I know they say to charge only water and add the syrup later. But I charge it after I've mixed the syrup in. The trick is to not overcharge it, and to release the pressure slowly. I had to fiddle around with it until I got the proportions right, and figure out how to get the carbonation right. I use very cold water and very cold diet coke syrup (the diet coke syrup is a lot thinner than the soda stream syrup). The colder the solution the better it absorbes the CO2 (in my experience). I always wipe it down after I charge it to get the solution off the injector. So happy!


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