Originally Posted by 6SpeedBowtie
LOVE that bar!!!
A simply beautiful build all around.
I couldn't help but notice that you have a soda dispenser at the bar. What did you go with and how do you have it set up at the bar? I've told my friends for years that I'll know I've "made it" if I have one of those set-ups in my house.
Originally Posted by jamis
I've also toyed with the idea of a soda gun... details!
I posted a reply to another member in the "bar ideas" thread, but I'll copy and paste it here:
I definately wanted a soda gun system for my bar, but the prices are pretty high. Luckily, I stumbled across a seller on Craiglist who sold me an entire system plus a 20lb CO2 tank for about 1/4 of the price of a new system. The system I have will handle 4 syrups - 3 carbonated and one uncarbonated - plus water and carbonated water. It's similiar (although not identical) to the systems sold here: http://www.sodabarsystem.com/index_S...spenser_IC.htm
Thankfully, the guy I purchased the unit from gave me a pretty detailed walkthrough on the setup and had all of the tubing clearly labeled, so hookup wasn't that difficult. That being said, there is quite a bit involved in a typical gun setup and it takes up quite a bit of room (the gun itself, a refrigeration unit, syrup pumps, CO2 tank, a carbonator, and syrups). Everything except the gun itself is in the room directly behind my bar.
Bag-In-Box syrup can be found at some Sam's Club, but not all. I believe that it is only stocked at the locations that have a snack bar. There are also places online that sell the syrup, but the shipping costs make it much more costlier. I'm still trying to find a good location to find small sizes of BIB syrup since my only current option, Sam's Club, is pretty hit-or-miss.
A word of caution: If you are thinking of owning a soda gun to save money, think again. First of all, most bag-in-box syrups are sold in 5 gallon sizes and range in price from $50-$65. (You can also find 2.5 gallon boxes, but they aren't as popular). The 5 gallon box will make about 30 gallons of soda, which is about 57 2-liter bottles!! Some quick math works out to about .90-1.15 per 2-liter. Not bad, but keep in mind that most syrups have about a 90 day shelf-life (diet sodas are even worse). That's a lot of soda to drink, and that's only for one flavor!
Since it's only my wife and me, we only use one box of syrup at a time, unless we have a party coming up. (And to be honest, I've drank soda for quite a while after the best-if-used-by date without any noticeable change in taste.)
All in all, there are definately more cons then pros, but you can't ignore the "coolness" factor.