Remember the old soda siphons?
Those quaint little glass bottles usually encased in a wire mesh cage, no doubt in case of explosion.
Well way back when, these were the primary method of getting fizzy water for either soft drinks or to mix with spirits.
>>> Fast forward 50 or 60 years and most fizzy drinks come in aluminum or plastic containers, which are now found to add considerably to the immense quantities of waste generated by our non green society.
Well, I say — BRING BACK THE SODA SIPHON!!!
Fortunately a company called Soda Stream, which is based in the UK has done exactly that with a nifty dispenser, complete with a large carbon dioxide cylinder and a number of plastic recyclable bottles.
Some years back I purchased my first Soda Stream dispenser and haven’t looked back since, making no doubt tonnes and tonnes of fizzy water at a very low cost; at initially 5 cents a bottle thanks to the large and also recyclable CO2 container. However, one day, on a trip to Kmart, in order to recycle my carbon dioxide cylinder, I was told that the cylinders weren’t available. Damn, I thought.
After that thought- came “I’ll do it myself”.
After a trip to the local plumbing shop, I was able to produce a fitting which, when attached to a bulk carbon dioxide cylinder, was easily able to fill my Soda Stream containers.
Thus reducing the cost of a litre of soda water to less than one cent.
The cost was already pretty low, at about 5 cents, using the standard soda siphon Soda Stream, recyclable CO2 containers, but, being intent on reducing costs, I produced my own system.
If anybody would like to avail themselves to this simple fitting, in can be screwed to any bulk carbon dioxide bottle, I use a bottle which weighs around 15 kilos, which sits outside my kitchen door and lasts for around 6 months, filling some hundreds of litres of water with CO2 bubbles.
The fitting is available from Australian Lightwing. Call (02) 6686 8658.
Of course, you will need to purchase a bulk CO2 cylinder for around $40.00, and also pay the annual rental on the cylinder, but rest assuered even with these costs taken into account, the cost per litre is absolutely minimal.