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.

Bring Back The Soda Siphon!!

>>> 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.


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.

Fresh Sparkling Water!

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.

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