using REAL coke syrup So as most of us know, the Sodastream flavor suck. I've heard that people buy real coke boxed syrups at Sam's Club. So I bought coke zero syrup last weekend. I've read that the ratio is around 5 or 5.5:1 so for the one liter water bottle, you need about 6.1-6.75 oz of syrup.
Now my only question is about the boxed syrup. It comes with some sort of nozzle made for real fountain soda systems like in a restaurant. How do you remove this nozzle? I tried to twisting and pulling but nothing.
Samsclub.com sells a quick connect it is a TEE connections but a pinched piece of hose and a clamp will seal one side. And a length of tube on the other side will allow you to measure into your soda stream. just have a way to close the other hose look online for a hose pinch. http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/large-tubing-clamp.html they will have hose too
Here's the approach I take... Buy the bag-in-box at sam's. If you look inside the spout there will be 5 or 6 holes. A cutoff Chopstick from peiwei will fit nicely inside one of the holes. Press down somewhat firmly so the chopstick will hold open the valve. Transfer the syrup from the bag-in-box to gallon water jugs with screw-on caps. Store in a cool, dry place and use at your leisure.... However, I'm not sure it it really makes sense to do this... Currently I can buy a two liter of coke zero for anywhere from $1.25 to $1.69. A 2.5 gallon box of syrup at Sam's is $36+tax. A 2.5 gallon box of syrup will make just about 26 2-liter bottles of coke zero. 26 2-liters at $1.25 each is $32.50. So... unless you just can't get it where you are or can't get it for less than $1.50 per 2-liter or just want to do it for the "nerd factor (like me)," you are probably better off just buying it from your local store by the 2-liter bottle. Now if the pricing for cans cans or "convenient" smaller size bottles is used it is an entirely different story....
Let me know how that works for you??? I was just thinking of doing this. To be honest though, have you tried making your own syrups with your own flavoring. You can take equal amounts of sugar and water and whatever flavoring you want- warm it up on the oven and then stick in the fridge for up to 6 or 7 weeks. We've done a key lime flavoring, ginger ale flavoring, etc.
Set the box on the edge of a table counter with the nozzle set into place. Use a container to collect the syrup. ( I use a pitcher) Unscrew the cap on the box. Use the end of a wooden spoon to press the center pen. Syrup will flow down. The box is shelf safe but we store the syrup pitcher in the refrigerator. We use 5 oz of syrup per liter. Fill the bottle to the top of the text on the bottle,carbonate and add the the syrup to the top line on the bottle
CHI Company was found in a quick google search. http://www.chicompany.net/
I just pushed in the checkvalve as M Walkup says above and poured 1 gal of coke syrup into a threaded 1 gal plastic bottle, inserted a push pump, and voila! three squirts into a glass and add carbonated water to an excellent result.
As a physician, I can say that more and more studies are showing it to be an unhealthy sweetener. While both it and sucrose (table sugar) are pretty equal calorie-wise, several studies have come out showing that long-term consumption of HFCS is causing fatty liver disease, which can cause other problems. This is mainly because the liver cannot break it down like other sugars and turns it directly into fat instead. Another issue with it is that it does not trigger the release of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is responsible for the metabolism of sugars and aids muscle and other tissue in using glucose (the basic sugar that all carbohydrates are broken down to by the liver). Glucose that's not used up again gets turned to fat. Insulin also helps trigger satiety so that you know you've eaten enough. With HFCS, you continue to eat more than needed and again, the excess gets turned to fat. These factors are why HFCS is being labeled a major cause of the obesity epidemic in this country. And, of course, obesity contributes to numerous health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.