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Soda Fountain

Hey guys - who is using a soda fountain in their home theater/media room?

I've wanted to add one to my bar for so long but I worry about the mess and the maintenance.

Cost is a factor as well because I can buy a lot of cans/bottles before I make up the cost of the machine.


Just curious what solutions people are using.

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I'm interested in this as well.

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Well dang, I was hoping to see some opinions too. I know my wife constantly talks me out of it when I bring it up. We don't drink soda all that often, so I never really push the idea. She says they get filthy and are a cleaning nightmare. I've never worked in the service industry, so I have no experience.
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I would advise against it. After 25+ years in the restaurant industry, I assure you there are very good reasons most restaurants don't own their own soda towers, but 'lease' them from either Pepsi or Coke. Granted, the 'leases' are very inexpensive, but the soda concentrate you are committed to buying from them forever, more than makes up for shifting maintenance (beyond daily cleaning rituals) , calibration, and repair away from the individual (or franchise) restaurant's responsibility. Yes, fountain soda is a huge profit center for restaurants, but that assumes volume sales. Typical home usage would not be cost effective. This doesn't even consider the CO2 you need, and all that associated equipment (tanks, hoses, and regulator).

Not trying to be a downbringer, but I would really research this more before pulling the (soda) trigger.

This is all IMO, and of course, YMMV.

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edited to add: both soda towers and soda 'guns' ( what you would see a bartender using) require running the hoses at the bottom of an 'ice well' to ensure proper serving temperature, so factor that, and the cost of the icemaker, and the required drainage / plumbing / maintenance into the total cost.

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I've looked into it a bit

The only place I've ever found that sells kegs of soda is Sprechers in Wisconsin

They have decent soda but it's made sort of like how you make beer, and it's got fruit left over in it and is very "natural". It's still soda but it nears carbonated juice.

If I could get some Huckleberry Soda from Orca in Washington I'd do it. They seem to sell it under multiple brands but don't seem very interested in selling directly to consumers.
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Hey guys - who is using a soda fountain in their home theater/media room?

I've wanted to add one to my bar for so long but I worry about the mess and the maintenance.

Cost is a factor as well because I can buy a lot of cans/bottles before I make up the cost of the machine.


Just curious what solutions people are using.

Thanks in advance!


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I used to run across a company in Atlanta GA who specialized in soda fountains for the home. He would set up the equipment in a basement closet, and then run lines to the theater, kitchen, wet bar, etc. His company provided all of the service and maintenance. Home Carbonation was the name of the company, and the owner was Michael Hodges. Might be able to track him down for some advice.

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Here is one place I have saved in my favorites. Our family has since given up pop though.

http://www.athomesoda.com/HomeEquipment/index.htm
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Sorry to bring up an old thread but I have a 9 head soda fountain at my house and it is AWESOME! I use bag in box syrups and ran all of the lines etc. Let me know if you want to see pictures or have any questions.

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Sorry to bring up an old thread but I have a 9 head soda fountain at my house and it is AWESOME! I use bag in box syrups and ran all of the lines etc. Let me know if you want to see pictures or have any questions.
pictures would be cool, is this even cost effective? how much per liter/gallon is the soda costing you?
when i last looked at this i found that
you can buy syrup bags at costco so your not on contract/have no obligations
C02 from a welding shop is the cheapest way to get that
and there are hobby/micro brewing stores or online to get the hoses/fittings required

even after all that it would still be cheaper to wait for 2L coke/pepsi products to go on sale.
$1 per 2L is a common sale price with real sales sometimes being lower
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Sorry to bring up an old thread but I have a 9 head soda fountain at my house and it is AWESOME! I use bag in box syrups and ran all of the lines etc. Let me know if you want to see pictures or have any questions.
Can you send pictures? I m greatly interested in!
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Sorry to bring up an old thread but I have a 9 head soda fountain at my house and it is AWESOME! I use bag in box syrups and ran all of the lines etc. Let me know if you want to see pictures or have any questions.
pictures would be cool, is this even cost effective? how much per liter/gallon is the soda costing you?
when i last looked at this i found that
you can buy syrup bags at costco so your not on contract/have no obligations
C02 from a welding shop is the cheapest way to get that
and there are hobby/micro brewing stores or online to get the hoses/fittings required

even after all that it would still be cheaper to wait for 2L coke/pepsi products to go on sale.
$1 per 2L is a common sale price with real sales sometimes being lower
Yeah I did the math recently and it is not cost effective. My goal would be to do it to avoid lugging cans or bottles around, leverage the bulk nature of the boxes.

Ultimately I decided against it because it seemed like a maintenance nightmare after reading up on the pumps, calibration, chillers, flushing the lines, how quickly the syrup expires, etc. it would be really fun and novel to have, but way more work than just having a soda fridge and bringing in cans occasionally for the volume we consume.
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I used to drink alot of soda but it slowlt started to taste worse so I stiooed drinking it....

I loved HI-C ORANGE but they changed it and to me it tastes like crap now.......


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Skip the soda and do beer! I have a tap in my theater room, and it gets lots of love when we do movie nights. Pair it with popcorn, and it's like we're at the movies!
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My wife loves the soda stream. Tastes decent enough, but not exactly the same as a fountain.

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