90 BILLION Bottles and Cans used in USA last year*
MAKE YOUR OWN SOFT DRINKS AT HOME
I have a CO2
Charger from Soda Club USA
( Soda Club International
) to carbonate filtered tap water. I buy concentrated syrup flavors from Prairie Moon Beverage Company
in 4oz 120mL bottles. I sweeten with Generic Aspartame (Equal). I've never used sugar, so I'll provide a link to the syrup company's recipe page.
I estimate a 16oz 450mL Soft Drink costs me about 17 cents.
Soda Charger from Soda Club International
Concentrated Soda Flavors from Prairie Moon Beverage
Generic Aspartame, or Sugar, Sweet-n-Low, Splenda,...
Recycled glass bottle for Syrup (I use Snapple Bottles)
Concentrated Syrup Flavors: Quantity discount ........ 24 - 4oz 120mL bottles @ $2.79 each
NatraTaste (same as NutraSweet or Equal) On Sale ...... 4.2 oz 120g 120 packets @ $3.00 each
Charger ...... $79.99+$19.99 S&H * One Time Charge for Carbonation Machine & 2 Carbonating Bottles* Includes 2 refillable cylinders of CO2 makes 60 Liters of Carbonated Water ea.* Divide the start up cost of the charger it is about 83.3 cents per Liter for first 120L* For gas refills the cost goes down to about 50 cents per Liter.* Watch for sales - I got free shipping. Right now gas refills are on sale for 1/2 price
When I amortize out the cost of the Carbonater I am saving money
Here are the REAL savings that I love:
I don't have a car. Carrying home big bottles is a pain
Grocery delivery option costs too much also
I don't have to go to the grocery as often
I don't need as much fridge/cabinet space
I can sweeten to my preference
I can reduce the flavor for a lighter soda
No Caffeine (some premixed syrup is Caffeinated)
I can drink plain soda or any of 6 flavors right now (could easily be more)* 61 flavors are available!
I can just flavor the soda water with a lime, lemon or orange
I also like unflavored seltzer
Fruit Juice and seltzer mixed half and half tastes great.
I don't have to deal with recycling
I don't need to store anything except the charger and back up cylinder
In the fridge* 6 Snapple bottles of syrup, * 2 1 Liter bottles of plain soda* 12 - 4oz 120mL bottles of concentrated syrup -*
* lined up at the back, or side, of one shelf they consume 1.75" depth
Fridge savings aren't only space, but also electricity
Public benefits I like:
City doesn't have to deal with my recycling: driving to dump, separating etc
No factory recycling my bottles
Trucks aren't driving water from a factory, to a store, and then to my house.
Grocery isn't storing soda
Grocery isn't air conditioning soda space* I think a rack of 4oz bottles could replace the space with maybe 3' width?
Bottle company employees, trucker, stock clerk & Cashier in grocery do not have to
lug around big bottles
Giving my business to entrepreneur (Prairie Moon) instead of huge soda companies
There are probably more reasons. That's just how it works for me and why I like it.In the following steps, I'll show how I mix syrups, carbonate water and make sodas.
BIG NOTE ABOUT MEASUREMENTS AND COSTS
There are huge possibilities for cost differences. I like a lightly flavored, lightly sweetened, highly carbonated soda. If you like a different style your costs and measurements will be different.
Costs change drastically with quantity also. I can only tell you what it costs for me.*I rounded all Metric conversions to what I think is probably the common size used.*
* For example the 4oz bottle of concentrate actually contains 118mL. I used 120mL for the calculations.*
* A single serving in the U.S. is 16oz, that is 473mL. I used 450mL for the single serving conversion as I think that is the standard size used in many countries.
Please let me know if you find a large error. Small mismatches in conversions are probably because of the simplification of measures.
*Soda Club USA