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    Sparkling Lemonade (Chanh)

    The US is weirdly averse to sparkling lemonade, usually offering it flat in deceptive conventional soda cans. Visit civilization, like Australia, Europe, or even India and you can get the real bubbly thing (Fanta or upscale brands). I think the problem is that US lemons are so harsh that adding...
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    Overlooked WW2 Fun Facts...

    After half a century following the dramatic narratives of WW2, I suddenly ran into new material that underlines basic forgotten facts. I'll mention some numbers by memory that may only be 80% right; better details avail from sources like videos by authors...
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    Cheap bulk yeast?

    I want to stash a pound of yeast in my freezer... what search terms should I try for amazon? Distillers or bakers, and not champagne or brewers? I want it cheap and fast acting. I have been very happy with baking yeast for my cran-grape cider, but am tempted to try something else for variety...
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    Absurdities in Russian Airliner Crashes

    Russia has had a bad safety record with airliners but there doesn't seem to be any web site tally. I thought I would list what crashes stick in my mind that had any connection to Russia and maybe others can add to it or correct me. Many are from the Air Disasters tv series. I don't mean to...
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    New cap design from Sodastream

    It sounds trivial, but the new sodastream caps are worth replacing your old ones even by this frugalphile. The old design was annoying... with no friction ribs you could tighten it up, but maybe not unscrew with it's trace of wetness. I guess they were trying to prevent you from overtightening...
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    Your Ultimate, Favorite Flavor?

    You may have tried to copy favorite commercial soda flavors, or experimented with creative recipies that gave the thrill of novelty, but which ones actually held up over time as an ultimate satisfier? I have tried mixtures to feed my coca cola addiction with only weak success. I have had...
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    car purchase advice forum?

    Is there a forum for giving advice on what car model might fit some particular needs? I mean of the whole range of the new and used market, not what this or that dealer has. I haven't kept up because every year seems to be less and less inspiring. For example, in my case I look for the...
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    cola agave

    I'm in the strange position of trying to use up a stockpile of expensive, healthy agave syrup that I got on a deep sale. It seemed a perfect match for Zaterain root beer extract, but after countless sodastream attempts it is unretrievably gross and out of the question. I then tried rainbow...
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    Leaky sodastream dispenser?

    Has anyone found and diagnosed a co2 leak in their sodastream dispenser? I imagine seals wear out, but not sure how to diagnose. Symptoms: a white puff comes out of the shell of the dispenser when injecting co2 into the bottle... before the buzzer/overfill valve releases, by the way. This is...
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    Inflatable Boats, Anyone?

    Has anyone noticed a quiet revolution in inflatable boats due to the new drop-stitch technology? I don't mean those blimpish motor dinghies, but more like kayaks, small sailboats, or stand up paddleboards. They use thin, high pressure panels that are flat rather than bulbous and can even form a...
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    Great Summer Memoirs to Read

    I've run across the most interesting accounts in early Texas history that you would not expect at all given the usual top-down narrative. Here are some examples, and it pays to search for a most suitable version from your library or online source (bookseller or sometimes avail in audio or free...
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    cola skews

    I earlier posted about interesting flavor twists for the classic coke flavor (or sodastream natural cola, but not yucky pepsi). Since coke is such a mainstay, we need variety over and above the commercial cherry coke. I found banana, amoretto, and horchata flavor drops from Capella better than...
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    Ice in my Co2 bottle?

    Help, I seem to get clogs of "snow" from my paintball bottle... or at least it plugs and gets spit out of my sodastream injector (with co2doctor adaptor). Is this an artifact of a refill or of the adjustment or wearing out of my system? I did get the impression the clerk that I recently gave...
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    no added sugar...

    I wonder why I see fermentation stop dead when there is still sweetness left in these new no-sugar-added fruit juice cartons. I wonder if my yeast can only handle glucose but not the fructose? My technique is sacrilegious in every way, but it works fine with off the shelf pasteurized corn...
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    "In defense of soda" article

    Here is a great article in response to the S.F. food-nazis impending stiff soda tax... http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-defense-of-soda-2014-07-23?siteid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20marketwatch%2Fpf%20(MarketWatch.com%20-%20Personal%20Finance%20News)...
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    Bubble Tea Syrups?

    Has anyone tried to add bubble tea syrups to carbed water, such as sodastream? Foam volcano or affordable real fruit taste? Pretty tempting price per ounce and nice exotic flavors. I saw econo jugs of Possmei Flavored Syrups can be subscribed to in Amazon, and have sugar and real fruit (or...
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    New developments in home forced carb

    I'm quite disappointed this forum hasn't noted recent new offerings that are competition to sodastream home carbonation. Here is what little I gathered here and elsewhere. Oh, somehow I missed sodastream offering alternative "natural" syrups with real sweetener rather than with that vile...
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    Ignorant mob bully Coke from BVO?

    Isn't it correct that that Coke was bullied from using a wonderful product for us all due to ignorant and superstitious mob rule via social media? I mean the BVO that allowed coke to integrate refreshing real fruit ingredients into a consistant product...
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    Starbucks sodas introduced

    Now starbucks has seen the light, and in certain locations will fizz up your coffee or any of their existing drinks for no extra charge in certain locations like Atlanta, Austin, Singapore, and Hong Kong(?). http://www.starbucks.com/promo/sodas...
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    misc offbeat discoveries

    In making soda, I mostly ignore recipes and try to learn the principles of what is needed. So after finding most everything needed lemon juice to counter the sweet, I took my pint bottle of fancy lemon juice and shot some into too-sweet but tasty commercial soda cans. Wow, did that make generic...
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