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I could never afford a Sodastream, so one day, I found and bought a Fizzgizz device.

It has it's drawbacks - you have to carbonate everything all at once because once the CO2 cartridge is breached, it leaks.  You can't use it for a 20 ounce bottle of water, and then put it away for a day or two, and use it again.  You have to carbonate as much as that cartridge will carbonate all at once. That means you need to have enough bottles to store what you carbonate.

On the plus side, you don't have to carbonate just water, as you do with the Sodastream.  With the Fizzgizz, you can carbonate any beverage - coffee, tea, juices, Kool-aid, milk...  You can recarbonate sodas that went flat. You get a better and higher carbonation rate. You can create any flavor you like and carbonate it - as sweet or not sweet as you want.  You control all the ingredients.

With the Sodastream you can only carbonate water, then add the flavoring.  If you try to carbonate anything other than water, you void the warranty on the device, and you might (according to warnings I've read from Sodastream) damage it.

Another downside to the Sodastream is that all the flavorings are too sweet. They contain at least 2 sweeteners (mostly artificial), even the diet ones.  You don't control the flavors or the ingredients.

I am such a control freak that I prefer the Fizzgizz, with its flaws, over the Sodastream.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:26:07 PM PST

  •  Sounds reasonable to me (7+ / 0-)
    Another downside to the Sodastream is that all the flavorings are too sweet. They contain at least 2 sweeteners (mostly artificial), even the diet ones.  You don't control the flavors or the ingredients.

    I am such a control freak that I prefer the Fizzgizz, with its flaws, over the Sodastream.

    If I'm going to make my own carbonated beverages, I want full control over the ingredients.  Otherwise, what's the point?

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:59:43 PM PST

    •  idle thought: is there any sort of danger (4+ / 0-)

      attached to making your own carbonated drinks?  Back in the day, when my dad ran a store for a while, I remember dropping cases of bottled drinks on hot days off the truck and then running for the hills as the bottles exploded.  Just came to mind as I had a buddy who years ago lost an eye to an exploding bottle of homemade beer

      •  I dunno, entlord. (3+ / 0-)
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        bigjacbigjacbigjac, broths, Noddy

        Anytime there is carbonation, you want seriously thick glass bottles.  I say this as someone who has never brewed her own beer but has read a lot about it.

        But beer...beer, the carbonation comes from the yeast.  And then you are talking Mother Nature deciding you didn't do a good enough job of controlling your carbonation, and just exploding those too-thin bottles.  This could happen with homemade sparkling wine, too.

        I don't think the same effect would come from putting some CO2 into a liquid.  We do it all the time at work: it's called the soda fountain.  It ain't natural, and it probably won't blow anything up.  Might make ya fart, though (giggle).

        Srsly, artificial carbonation like from a seltzer bottle won't blow up, afaik.  What nature does...all bets are off.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:06:43 AM PST

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      •  I re-use soda bottles (1+ / 0-)
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        old wobbly

        Collect them from friends and at parties and such, sterilize them, and set them aside to re-use.

        You can carbonate your beverages, bottle them in these former soda bottles until the lids stop sealing (that's about 6 - 10 times), then use the soda bottles as planters or cloches and get "fresh" bottles.

        The worst I've had happen is that the sides split and made a mess when I overcarbonated a bottle.  Usually, I undercarbonate.

        Now, when I yeast carbonate, I've had bottles explode in the heat, which is why I keep them chilled.  A wine cellar, a refrigerator dedicated to keeping beverages chilled, or setting aside a portion of he refrigerator for the bottled sodas would all work to prevent such explosions if using glass beer bottles (and do use beer bottles or bottles rated for sodas).

        All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

        by Noddy on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:02:00 AM PST

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  •  Never heard of either (5+ / 0-)

    I don't drink carbonated anything, but it sounds like you made a great choice in fizzgizz.

    I've been looking for a great juicer. Right now I'm using one of those old time manual juicers. It's getting harder to do every day....

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:09:02 PM PST

    •  I used to have a Champion juicer. (6+ / 0-)

      From what I understand they're the top of line, practically. Some folks who owned a juice bar I used to frequent back in the day recommended it; it's what they used basically.

      It's particularly good if you like vegetable juices, which I did, but it will do fruits too. A lot of people like apples in veg juice blends, but I prefer straight veggies: carrot, celery, beet, etc. Yum.

      Unfortunately for me, I'm allergic to anything that involves clean-up chores in the kitchen. Cleaning the Champion was a major chore (imo) and I eventually stopped using it. Then eventually sold it at a garage sale ... I expect cleaning any brand of juicer is going to be about the same, so if you're okay with that, you'd like the Champion.

      Got #Bqhatevwr? There's a mug for that! #Bqhatevwr coffee mug at my BoldyLiberal* store on Zazzle

      by jan4insight on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:15:48 PM PST

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      •  I hesitate to own more than one hammer for fear (4+ / 0-)

        that everything would start to look like a nail.  the same for carbonaters and juicers.  As it is, I drink about one 12 oz carbonated drink per 3 days and 2 Gatorades per week and rely on water for the rest of my fluid intake.  I am sedentary enough that any large variation in this can result in packing on the pounds so anything that would induce me to experiment could be a bad thing for me (also I am a complete sugar freak left to myself which is bad for a diabetic but I was raised on cane syrup and never lost the taste)

      •  Thanks for the info (0+ / 0-)

        I don't mind cleaning the thing as long as it will take the whole fruit etc.

        El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

        by mint julep on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 11:55:41 PM PST

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  •  Ha ha. Carbonated Coffee (4+ / 0-)

    Now that's something I haven't heard of before.

    ;)




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:28:24 AM PST

  •  morning folks; pears either another early morning (5+ / 0-)

    or insomniacs or the 'tweeners like myself who usually sleep in 2 or 3 hour snatches throughout the night and then up for an hour or two before trying it again

  •  My beverage choices: I'm guilty of buying (4+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, broths, Noddy, old wobbly

    bottled water,
    but only the cheapest kind,
    88 cents a gallon,
    Great Value drinking water,
    from my Walmart workplace,
    and I buy it because my wife and her family,
    my new family,
    ask for it.

    It does taste a lot better than Wichita, Kansas tap water.

    Besides that,
    I drink from the drinking fountains at work a lot.

    I don't know if that water is filtered,
    but it tastes pretty good.

    I drink a lot of coffee at work,
    made with tap water,
    and water from a Huyndai filtering machine
    in the break room.

    Not sure if anyone has changed the filter lately?

    My new bride, Tonia, drinks a lot of Great Value
    cranberry grape juice cocktail,
    which costs about a dollar a quart,
    four dollars a gallon,
    and she drinks about twenty gallons a month.

    She's worth it.

    My only beverage treat,
    other than a few sips of Tonia's juice,
    is my red beer,
    which is a project each time I prepare one:

    In a Mason jar,
    I put V8 juice,
    only a cheaper Mott version of V8,
    up to a spot between the words
    wide mouth
    and the word
    Ball,
    that much tomato juice.

    Then I add:
    salt,
    Worcestershire sauce,
    lemon juice,
    hot sauce,
    and molasses.

    (Molasses is a wonderful thing.)

    And one can of cheap beer.

    Stir and stir.

    My meal can be bologna and cheese and cheetos,
    but with my red beer,
    it's a delightful gourmet meal.

  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, old wobbly

    I drink one diet coke a day. I should drink more water. I bought a little container of Dasani Drops flavor enhancer. You squirt it into your bottle or glass of water, and voila, flavored water. Who knows what's in it, but it can't be worse then Coke, and it tastes good.

    Going to a bar-b-que this afternoon.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:33:40 AM PST

    •  The Dasani drops aren't bad. (2+ / 0-)
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      broths, Noddy

      No aspartame (I can use it). The Mio ones give me hives, not sure why, they didn't the first few times I bought them but the last one did; but the Dasani drops don't. I think it's stevia or sucralose.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:37:16 AM PST

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  •  Good morning :) (3+ / 0-)
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    broths, Noddy, old wobbly

    So today groceries and packing. Good thing about the move, my son is finally cleaning his room! I got up this morning to three filled bags of trash sitting in the kitchen waiting to go out when he gets up today. I guess he didn't want to wake me up opening the door to take them out, because I would have woken up as soon as the front door opened. The Christmas tree is coming down today. It was going to come down yesterday but my breathing was too sketchy. So far today is better.

    I didn't know that about sodastream. I'll have to really check into that before we get one (Dad's been suggesting it). I can't have aspertame, so if their flavorings have aspartame it's not worth it to me. I'll have to start keeping 2 liter bottles once we move, so I can save up enough to make soda all at once with the fizzgizz.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:34:07 AM PST

  •  Airports today, and home again tonight! (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly, Noddy

     Next time I hope to stay longer, and do less!  I hope my dad will be as peppy at 90 as he is at 85!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:23:28 AM PST

  •  Y'know, you COULD use dry ice. (1+ / 0-)
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    Noddy

    Seriously.  Hammer it into tiny pieces, place in drink.  Amusing fog effects, gives some fizz for awhile.  It's relatively cheap, you can buy small amounts, and with the right cooler, you can keep it around for a few days.

    bottled drink:
    http://www.dryiceinfo.com/...

    Fizzy fruit
    http://chemistry.about.com/...

    •  I've done that now and then, (0+ / 0-)

      especially to freak people out drinking foggy beverages...

      Not only am I all about freeing people from the clutches of corporate sodas, I am rather fond of making them go "Wow" or "Eeeww" - pretty much either reaction pleases me.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:54:07 PM PST

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  •  hot tea, around here! at least 4 cups a day (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy

    often more. that's from breakfast to after-dinner. 3 types of tea, starting with English Breakfast (strong) in the morning, trailing off the caffeine through the day; ending with a white-n-green fusion for the evening. whole milk and stevia. So that's usually about 5 8-oz. cups of hot flavored water a day.

    Everybody usually drinks milk with meals, in varying volume. Type 2 hubban' takes an 8-oz. glass of 1% and adds about 4 ice cubes to it, to get the carbs where he likes. Boychick drinks tons of milk, and ice water : steel vac. bottle, no more plastic water bottles for us; water & ice-cube water all go through the water filter... we have really great water here, but the City changed from old-fashioned chlorine-gas chlorination, which will off-gas out of the water, to chloramine, which does NOT go out of the water without encouragement! we have to add chemicals to the bird pond when we fill it from the hose!

    Nobody but me likes carbonation at all. I drink about one artisan root beer every 4-5 days? made with cane sugar, not HFCS. I grew up with Dads, but that is REALLY hard to find these days; currently being made by individual enthusiasts and some of them get it exactly right and some not-quite, when you can find it at all. Luckily, I managed to find a pretty local artisan brew that works for me (Steelhead), probably available only on the upper Left Coast.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:15:23 PM PST

    •  I mostly drink water (0+ / 0-)

      and hot tea.  Those are always on my desk at work. Once a week, I drink chocolate milk.

      But I am rather fond of carbonated Tang and carbonated cucumber water.

      I've carbonated other things because I could. Once a month or so, I'll make up a batch of carbonated drinks and refrigerate them, especially if I'm expecting company. And I use the Fizzgizz to teach other people to carbonate.

      I'm all about freeing people from corporate sodas.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:52:24 PM PST

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