Kefir water (not to be confused with milk Kefir) is also super tasty and really easy to make once you source the ‘grains’. We only flavor it with fruit slices, so it ends up tasting more like a cider than lemonade.
Soda streams are great and highly recommend investing in a glass bottle model.
Yeah the SS consumables price (CO2) makes me wonder about cost effectiveness but my daughter with environmental engineering degree got it for me to reduce waste. Bed Bath & Beyond with a coupon is best price for CO2.
It’s not, but it’s small, and convenient. The video you posted is larger, bulky, and more for retailers, distributing numerous drinks, than small servings for home use. It’s a tradeoff. Some people won’t mind the industrial stuff, but they either have their own distillery already, or are into nano brewing. e.g…, their SO can’t say much because they already lost the garage and/or kitchen to this stuff.
I used to keep a keg of carbonated water on hand when I had a homebrewing setup, it was just a pepsi keg and water from a local spring. We’ve really hard water where I live so it’s mineral water I suppose. One could also use salts for brewing and RO water to really tweak the mineral profile. I only did it because I had the stuff for beer already, but I kind of miss having mineral water on tap.
I considered a sodastream for a bit, but whether or not it’s more economical depends on your own habits. For example, I live alone and don’t drink a whole lot of sparkling water- so it’s cheaper for me to just buy the store-brand stuff. (i also live in a dorm, so I don’t really have the extra space.)
On the other hand, if you drink a lot- or have a family who does also- it could make a lot more sense. A lot of people also don’t consider the brands you typically buy- La Croix for example is pretty expensive, so you might find yourself saving with the sodastream even in smaller amounts.
I also like homemade iced tea- black with lemon, or a herbal blend if I don’t need the caffeine.