gettin’ busy with the fizzy

You may remember a while back when I asked for opinions on the SodaStream home soda maker.

Well, I finally got one.  Actually, I got one soon after that conversation, but never set it up or gave it a try.  First, because I still had other pre-bought soda to get through (I don’t drink it all that often, so it took me a while), & then because I was really nervous about using it.  I’m not good with new machinery & had visions of CO2 exploding, water spraying everywhere, syrup mixes spilling & getting everything sticky.  So I put it off…& put it off…& put it off.

But finally, I worked up my courage & gave it a try. It was amazingly easy to put together & make that first bottle of soda.  I chose Lemon-Lime from the sample pack the SodaStream came with.  I was also hugely relieved that it didn’t need to be plugged in somewhere, because if there’s anything I don’t have, it’s extra outlets & counter space. :cat

I was so excited to try the soda for the first time, but I have to tell you—I was disappointed.  Yeah, it was a little warm having been made with water straight from the tap, but aside from that, it tasted like cheap, generic soda to me, & flat cheap, generic soda on top of that.  And I thought to myself :ohcrap because once again—of course—I had gone totally overboard, buying up big bottles of nearly every flavor syrup they had at the same time I bought the machine.  Yeah, the smart thing would have been to wait until I’d tried the sample flavors that came with the SodaStream itself, then go back & only buy my favorites…but no one has ever accused me of being smart. :elvis

So like I said, I was disappointed, wondering if I’d wasted an awful lot of money & how bad the rest of the flavors were going to be if even the Lemon-Lime was kind of gross.  But I left it in the fridge overnight, & an amazing thing happened.  It tasted better the next day after sitting for a while & getting much colder.  I still can’t say I loved it, because it still seemed flat to me, but it was…less of a disappointment.

After finishing that flavor, I tried another—Diet Pink Grapefruit. Oh, I had such high hopes for this one, because I absolutely adore all things grapefruit.  And this time, I added a bit more carbonation.  Okay, a lot more. LOL  And instead of trying it immediately, I stuck it straight in the fridge & left it overnight.  I think that really helped, because when I finally gave it a sip, it was good.  Not as grapefruity as I’d hoped, but very much like Fresca, which is exactly what they compare it to.

So now I think I’m going to like this thing.  I’m eager to try their Diet Cola & Root Beer &…oooh, Cherry Cola.  (Wish they had that in diet.)  And after a bit of trial & error, I think I’ll be able to find a balance of carbonation that I like.  It still doesn’t fizz as much as regular (pre-bought) soda when I open the bottle or pour it into a glass, but maybe it doesn’t need to.  If it tastes fizzy enough, maybe I just need to get used to that aspect of making my own soda.

And I already have a new SodaStream shopping list started:  Second CO2 canister for back-up.  More Pink Grapefruit mix.  Extra bottles—preferably the smaller ones—so I can have more than one flavor on hand at a time.

But once again, I would love everybody’s opinions on this.

Did you feel the same way at first?

Have you found what works best to make for a fizzier, tastier drink?

And what are some of your favorite flavors to mix up with the SodaStream?


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  1. Mary Kirkland says:

    I don’t have one but my brother’s step son has one and he said he really likes it.

  2. Anne says:

    I don’t have one, but I tried some at Costco and I thought it was pretty good, but not as perfect as brand diet coke. The demonstrator did start with cold water and it was quite carbonated (which is how I like it). The cost of the syrups and stuff didn’t seem to be a savings to me since I only buy soda on sale, though not having to cart around the heavy packs or 2 liters would be a plus.

    • Heidi says:

      The Diet Cola I tried tasted more like Diet Pepsi than Diet Coke to me. And, yeah, I’m a Coke fan. But it wasn’t awful.

      I think the syrups are expensive at first glance, but since they make something like 50 liters of soda, when you do the math, it really is a decent savings.

      I like the idea of not having to store 2-liter bottles of soda when I buy them…also on sale because I don’t drink it all that often. And being able to jump around picking & choosing the flavor I’m in the mood for instead of being stuck with a whole bottle of the same flavor til it’s gone. Altho, when it’s a flavor I really like, I don’t mind so much. 🙂

  3. Michelle Libby says:

    So I was one of the people who said it’s good, get it when you asked before. We do three pumps of the O2 for fizziness. That’s three times it makes a horrible sound. Usually the first time takes longer, then the second and third are much shorter. We like it for the amount of soda we drink.

    Good luck.


    • Heidi says:

      Well, I still think it was a decent purchase. :yummy

      And I noticed that about the CO2…first pump is long, then the next two start grinding earlier than you expect. :cat

  4. Victoria says:

    I got mine for Christmas, so yeah, been all through that experimentation and refinement phase. I think the perfect amound of carbination if 3 looong squirts (hold it down as long as you can). Also, just really run the water COLD before you carbonate. At times (when we’re thinking ahead) we’ll keep a full bottle of plain water in the fridge for future use. There are 4 of us, so usually not much, if any left, after we all have 1 glass. My fave flavor is cream soda with a tablespoon of the orange flavoring added. And if you are a Diet Coke fan…just skip the diet cola. Very disappointing.

    • Heidi says:

      I went to the SodaStream website looking for info about something & read thru their FAQs. They even say cold water carbonates better, so to always get water from the fridge or pre-fill the bottles & keep them refrigerated. Very smart, & it did work better once I tried it that way. I always have a pitcher of cold water in the fridge for drinking, anyway. :fangs

  5. CarrieHGill from WI says:

    I’ve often thought about getting one, but I am a hude Coca Cola fan! It’s pretty much the only one I drink, so I guess I’ll be passing on it for awhile…

    Love these icons! :hot

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