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Hacking for Bubbles

June 14, 2013

By Intern #1.

As it turns out, working with artists is exposing me to kitschy home appliances I never would have known existed. Case in point: the SodaStream.

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I had some vague notion of this machine’s existence but no clue as to its popularity. In case you are just as oblivious as I, allow me to explain what this appliance is. It is simplistic in design and is essentially plastic housing for a CO2 canister and a pour spout allowing people to carbonate water and create their own sodas.

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Supposedly, only water should be run through the machine but I can’t fathom a world in which a machine with the power to carbonate liquids could possibly exclude booze. Reasons like this are probably why I am not allowed to own said appliance. Also- why I do not own a deep-fryer. I’m just the intern. I’ll leave it to the artists to go rogue and exploit the kitchen gadgets.

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So, the deal with these SodaStreams is that they have a proprietary CO2 canister that ends up costing the user a lot of money that hardly makes at-home carbonated beverages seem worth it. But, the geniuses on the internet have come up with several hacks (modifications) to make the threading fit regular paintball CO2 canisters and large tanks alike.

The most hilariously named hack of them all is the FreedomOne. I don’t know about you, but I imagine an entire ad campaign of people frolicking into the streets, tossing their SodaStream CO2 canisters aside as if they were the bras from recently liberated women and slow-motion running whilst high-fiving one another. Be freed from the burden of costly proprietary CO2 tanks (but not your soda addiction) and get the FreedomOne! In all seriousness though, of the hacks available, this one seems the most logical since it will work with all the past and present SodaStream models and various sized CO2 tanks. Links are posted below for several how-tos and sites for ordering parts.

Long live fizzy drinks and down with the man!

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