It seems like everyone has a Soda Stream these days. They’ve become as popular as Keurig’s or Tassimo’s. Who can resist the cheap bubbly drinks? The best part of having a Soda Stream is how cheap and convenient it is make your own soda. Although I resisted buying one for a long time, over Christmas 2020, with free shipping and lots of time on my hands, I decided to take the plunge and enter the world of making my own soda.
One of the first things I realized is that you need to buy a couple more of their refillable bottles. I also learned the hard way that you have to add Co2 to water and not to something like lemonade. The Soda Stream received its first full clean, no more than 10 minutes after being unpacked.
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The first thing I noticed after purchasing the Soda Stream is how quickly we were going through the canister. After doing a couple quick google searches, I found that hacking the Soda Stream has been made super easy.
- Contact your local home brew beer store and see if they sell larger Co2 tanks for Kegerators. In most cities there will be several home or you brew beer stores that sell supplies. I purchased a 10lb tank as I didn’t want it to take up too much space.
- Do a quick search on Amazon for a Soda Stream Co2 Tank Adapter.
- To connect your new tank to the Soda Stream, simple connect one end of the hose to the tank and the other to valve where the Soda Stream normally connects. We have one of the manual Soda Streams and just leave the back of the machine off all the time. If you really want to get fancy, you could drill a hole into your counter or through the back of the Soda Stream. I would suggest trying it with just the back plate off and see what works for you.
The beauty of using the Kegerator tank is that it’s only $20 for a refill that will last you at least 6 months of daily use. Compare this to the cost of replacing the small tanks, and you will make your money back in no time. This reduces the cost of the system to just pennies per drink. The initial cost of a 10lb or 20lb tank will range in price, depending on where you live but ultimately, you will find that you are making far fewer trips to the store to swap tanks.
- I’m not sure if it’s necessary, but much like the valve on the BBQ tank, I will turn off the Co2 valve after every use and clear the lines into the bottle I’m filling.
- If you don’t like the flavors sold by Soda Stream, you can use any Mio or Kool-Aid flavor. Just bubble some water and use the carbonated water to fill your glass. This opens the door to custom drinks everytime you fill your glass.
- You don’t have to stick with the chemical flavors either. Cut up some fruit and add it to a glass of fizzy Soda Stream water for a thirst quenching drink on a hot summer day.
- If you find that you’re not getting as much fizz as you would like, it helps to give it a good press on the manual system and chill your water prior to adding the Co2.
Hope this helps you make the most of your Soda Stream! If you have any other ideas for hacking your machine, we’d love to hear from you!