|Peter wrote: |
|It's not really a warranty issue, it just doesn't work to add the flavor first - trying to pressure carbonate with flavor already added causes extreme rapid expansion (think shaking up a can and opening it). It's not a problem though - adding the flavor afterwards works fine, and you don't have to add their crap, you can add your own after and it works fine. |
I bought two Primo Flavorstation 110s for $30 each on Ebay. That's the same price as a CO2 tank. The Primo website "store locator" falsely lists stores as distributors. I went to three listed stores and they never heard of Primo. The CO2 tank is the same kind that is used for paintball. Supposedly, some paintball dealers can refill the tanks cheaply but it isn't food grade CO2. Otherwise, you have to buy a replacement tank from Primo. Thus, you may as well buy an entire Flavorstation just to get the tank. It's still a better deal than SodaStream.
I have successfully used this to carbonate artificially sweetened root beer. Success depends on the amounts and types of solutes in the root beer. Root beer made only with small amounts of essential oils and flavor chemicals, but NO FOAMING agents, can easily be carbonated with the Primo Flavorstation, although it voids the warrantee. I flavor one gallon of water, at a time, before carbonation. I doubt that this would work with sugar sweetened root beer. Also, if sugar gets into the release valve, it will gum it up. There are no such problems with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.