Setting up a Home Soda Fountain
|Legal Disclaimer: I cannot promise that this information is correct or useable in any
form. If you have any serious questions concerning your system or safety
issues, please consult a proper soda fountain technician or the
manufacturer of your equipment!
Soda water in contact with Copper or alloys containing copper (such as Brass) will react producing toxic compounds. If those compounds are ingested, you could become violently ill and/or die. Please take the appropriate precautions, such as using stainless steel fittings and installing a secondary flowback preventer.
CO2 compressed gas can cause frostbite when exiting the tank. The tanks are heavy, and if they tip and fall, could break the valve off causing the tank to rocket through walls killing or injuring yourself or others. Please secure the tank in accordance with proper safety regulations.
A large CO2 leak could cause you to suffocate; check for leaks and proper ventilation. If you are in a small apartment or other enclosed space, it is recommended that you vent the used CO2 gas from the syrup pumps outside. Be sure to keep an eye on the CO2 main gauge, as a significant movement of it may indicate a large leak.
You must comply with all local and federal health and safety regulations, and it is your responsibility to know what those regulations are.
Throughout these pages you may see trademarks of other companies, such as Coke, Pepsico, or others. Those trademarks are property of their respective owners. (Duh.)
|So, you want to setup a home soda fountain do you? Well,
you have come to the right place. The chief ingredient you will need is
time; time to locate the parts, time to go back and get the parts you missed the first time
around, time to set it up, and so on. (I'm not kidding... I made seven
trips to Home Depot and Lowes.) Don't try to do it all in one day though;
I spent a couple of afternoons working on it over a period of two weeks.
The first step is to figure out what kind of system you want to install! There are several types, which you can see below:
For the vast majority of home users, the Post-mix system with ice bin will be the preferred method. The bin should be insulated, so you can get away with adding ice only every few days, or possibly even every week if the insulation is really good and you load the bin down with lots of ice. Post-mix systems with a refrigeration unit are harder to find, impossible to service yourself, weigh a lot more, cost more to run, and are generally a pain. But if you can invest the effort, they are a lot easier to use on a daily basis, since they need no ice.
Nevermind, I want to go back to the Index