Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Of course, my husband has been a father for 15 years now, but this year he gets to be a father times two!

It was actually just a coincidence that I got him a really neat gift – I had been looking for this for a while and just stumbled across it 2 weeks ago. He has been trying his hand at brewing his own root beer for a while, but the homemade method of carbonating the brew with yeast left something to be desired – his favorite thing is to have a lot of carbonation and yeast carbonation is rather weak. So I had been looking for an inexpensive method of carbonating small batches of soda while he tweaks his recipe.

I found the SodaStream web site just before last weekend, and that same weekend there was a $20 rebate for the SodaStream in our newspaper! I love newspaper coupons!! What’s really great is that it is sold locally at Kohl’s and Williams-Sonoma, so I didn’t have to pay shipping and wait on it.

Anyway, SodaStream is a non-electric little carbonator that uses CO2 cartridges. They market it as “earth-friendly” because you can make your own sodas and soda waters and it supposedly cuts down on waste…I would say that is arguable just because we didn’t drink a lot of sodas before, but it’s a good idea for people who do, I guess. There is information in the package on how to recycle and get the CO2 cartridges refilled. We have just made our first batch! Since we haven’t tried it yet (we are awaiting some friends who are coming over to sample it with us), I can’t tell you if it worked, but it sure looks like it so far…

UPDATE: It was very good – and easy, with their flavors! We’ll see how easy it is to add your own flavors soon…

5 thoughts on “Happy Father’s Day!”

  1. We have that same carbonator! I bought it for Leif for Christmas. It has cut down on the amount of soda we drink completely. Now we just drink straight up carbonated water. I love it! They warn against carbonating anything other than water (carbonate the water first, THEN add the extras), so you’ll have to let us know how it works for you guys! I’m excited to hear all about it…

  2. You know, I asked him about that – he is going to do like the instructions say and carbonate the water only and then add his brew of stuff-that-makes-root-beer. He will just make it super concentrated I guess. That will probably take a lot of experimentation!

  3. That gift was meant to be! The coupon at the same time you found the site? You don’t get much more of a sign than that. Glad it was a great day for your family.

  4. Whoa! Wait!
    I can make my own carbonated water?
    I must get me one of these – I spend way to much on my ‘sparkling water’ cuz i love it so!!

    This is at kohls? can you send me a coupon?

    YAY!!

  5. I got the rebate in the Sunday newspaper coupon section, I can’t seem to find it online anywhere…although there are a few SodaStream coupon codes on some of the coupon sites. Keep an eye on the newspaper!

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