Homemade Carbonated Water
Seltzer / Sparkling Water / Homemade Soda Pop
Save money, and the environment, by making your own carbonated water at home. After the initial investment (less than the cost of a Soda Stream), you can make your own carbonated beverages for less than $0.05 (5 cents) a bottle.
Do-it-yourself Home Carbonator
(You can get these all from Amazon and/or various local and on-line brewing supply places ):
- Aluminum CO2 tank (Any size will do, I use a 5 pound tank because that is what I had on hand)
- Single gauge CO2 regulator with check valve (You can use a double gauge if that is what you have)
- 3 feet of thick plastic hose or beverage tubing: 1/4″ interior diameter X 1/2″ outside diameter
- 2 hose clamps
- Carbonator Cap by Liquid Bread
- Disconnect, IN (gas) Ball Lock, 1/4″ MFL
- Teflon tape
- Empty 2 liter pop bottle
Refer to the photos above. Connect the hose to the Regulator at one end and the Disconnect at the other end with the hose clamps. Use the Teflon tape to seal the threaded connections.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you set your carbonator up so that the tank is secure and can’t be knocked over.
Set the regulator to 40 psi.
Close the check valve and, release the Cap from the Disconnect. You now have your own home-made seltzer.
Open the bottle with care!
Tips and ideas:
- I like my seltzer with a slice of lemon and lime.
- I sometimes top-off the bottle off with juice to make a nice flavored water (grapefruit is my favorite)
- Note that cold water carbonates best, but you can carbonate other things with success as long as it’s cold..
- You can get actual coke product flavorings “Bag in a Box” at places like Sam’s club or GFS and make real coke in your home. You can even use the syrups from Soda Stream. Adjust the amount of syrup to suit your own taste.
- The Cap will fit on small pop bottles as well, so you can easily recarbonate flat soda-pop.
- Carbonate apple juice, Hawaiian punch and Kool-aid
- Carbonate box wine to make cheap “Champagne” (just make sure the wine is cold)
Homemade Mineral Water!
Here’s a simple recipe
Add to the water before you carbonate it
- 1/4 tsp. magnesium sulfate (epsom salts)
- 1/4 tsp. calcium chloride (Ball Pickle Crisp granules)