iSi Soda Siphon, Brushed Aluminum, 1 Liter
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- Store bought selzters often contain added salt - control the purity of yours at home
- Let's you control the source of your water.
- Cuts down on waste
- Easy to use; Co2 chargers purchased separately
- Safe - has secure neck threading and a pressure regulating system
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A great way to be green and get an excellent product is to make your own soda water at home. iSi is the industry leader and our Austrian made chargers guarantee high quality and taste for you.
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Yes, I really like this item...but I was initially so-so until I figured out the right method to make the water as fizzy as possible.
Like others, I was initially dismayed about the quality of the fizz, however after about 20 CO2 cartridges worth of trial and error, I think I've figured out the best possible method to make the water very fizzy:
1. Use cold water. Yes... I know, everyone has been suggesting this...but seriously, this really makes a difference. I'm not talking about cool water here... the water needs to be COLD. And the secret trick that no one really seems to be talking about here is that the cold water needs to be poured into a chilled siphon! Before first use, put the empty metal siphon in the freezer to get it nice and chilled. After that, every new batch will stay cold since you'll be storing the siphon in the fridge before refreshing it.
2. after dispensing the (single) CO2 cartridge into the water, SHAKE THE CANISTER VIGOROUSLY 20 TIMES BEFORE PUTTING IT INTO THE FRIDGE. The instructions suggest shaking it 5 times. I found 20 works alot better
3. keep it in the fridge for at least an hour before dispensing for the first time.
By following the steps above, you should get a premium-level output. Sure, its not going to be ultra fizzy like the artificially charged soda can drinks, but the seltzer water is of surprising quality when following these directions.
Lastly, I wanted to make a few additional comments about this product that haven't been discussed too much in the other reviews:
1. The siphon is of high quality. It's very solidly built.
2. It's made in Austria, not China like many of the knockoffs here on Amazon and Ebay
3. This is actually a very cost-effective way of making soda water if you purchase the co2 in bulk. I bought a 100-pack of chargers here for about 34 bucks... making the cost per quart 34cents!
4. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE ISI CARTRIDGES! ANY 8 GRAM "FOOD-GRADE" CO2 CARTRIDGES WILL WORK PERFECTLY INCLUDING NTG, MOSA AND THE WHIPIT BRAND (CO2 NOT NO2!!)
Hope this helps some of you on the fence about this product.
In our family, the pleasant surprise is that my teen son is happy to drink carbonated water all day long and hardly ever drinks sweetened drinks any more. Big win there. (Which, of course, won't work for all teens. I just lucked out and it works with mine. He used to drink a lot of lemonade, sweetened iced tea, and soda.) So, you know, that's enough for me right there. But here's the more generic things.
1. 60 cents/liter if I buy the cheap cartridges from Amazon that are on the 3 for 4 special. Buy a bunch at once and shipping is free.
2. My son and I both find the carbonated water more thirst quenching. This is a big surprise to me, 'cause I used to take those flavored Poland Spring waters and shake all the carbonation out before I'd drink them. Now I love it. Go figure.
3. As others have mentioned, no longer schlepping the bottles back and forth (full and empty) is a big win.
1. The waste of the cartridges bug me, but at least they're recyclable.
2. This is the main thing. Sometimes, it leaks. I can't figure out what I'm doing differently when this happens. But sometimes when I put the top on and then the cartridge, the gas and liquid start oozing out the top (at the point where the plastic top meets the metal bottle). It can't be tightened at that point to fix it. Though I've been able to just shake it up as normal and dispense into a sports bottle and it's still carbonated and all... maybe not quite as much, but it's fine. And then I start over and the next one is inevitably fine. So who knows what the problem is, but there it is. (The only thing I can think is that the plastic parts aren't seated correctly when this happens, but I check and don't see a problem. So, hmmm.)
Anyway, I do still recommend this to you if you're looking for carbonated water in your household. Do chill the water beforehand and shake well, as has been mentioned elsewhere.
Update, September 2010: I think I figured out how to stop the leaking. I think it happens because the "measure tube" (the cylidrical part that goes inside the bottle first) is not making good contact with the "siphon tube and washer" (the long strawlike piece with the disk on top). What I've been doing lately is to be sure not to push the cylinder too far into the bottle, leaving it out just a bit. Then, I figure, when I screw on the lid, it will push that down as much as it needs to. So far, so good. No leaks since I've been paying attention to this.
Update, May, 2012: We stopped using this for a long stretch and I'm just picking it up again. One of the things I realized bugs me about it is that the inside of the bottle seems to be unlined aluminum. I am likely going to upgrade to the glass model.
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