FWx Beer Hacks: Will a Sodastream Save a Flat Beer?
Can a Sodastream recarbonate a flat beer? Let's find out.
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I'm Ethan Fixell and this is FWX Beer Hacks. Now,
let's pretend that last night, you opened a bottle of
beer and failed to finish it. Whew, I'm getting palpitations
just thinking about that. That is sacrilege! Well, you can't
just dump that flat beer out. It's still beer! So,
what if there were a way to re-carbonate that sucker?
Perhaps with a SodaStream? [LAUGH] Well we've all seen the
warnings. Do not use product for anything other than for
making carbonated water or soda. So what I'm about to
try is certainly not condoned by the SodaStream brand, but
I am gonna try it. I will however, respect another
of their rules. Carbonating bottle must be properly in place
before operating appliance. Otherwise you're sure to have a beer-splosion
all over your floor. That's because CO2 bubbles form at
tiny irregularities called nucleation sites. Usually, soda bubbles start out
in microscopic scratches along the bottle's surface. But any additional
suspended particles, such as tea, fruit, sugar, or beer proteins,
will act as additional nucleation sites. So if you fail
to seal the bottle to the machine, all the excess
CO2 will force the liquid out. That's why we're going
to be transferring the flat beer into the carbonating bottle.
With the bottle locked into place, we're going to give
it one pump of CO2. Spritzy. You might to very
slowly allow the excess gas to leak out. Otherwise you
could end up like a contestant at a spring break
wet tee shirt contest. [SOUND] That's as good as new.
Still, like my eighth grade health teacher taught me, prevention
is the best cure. A vacuum wine pump and rubber
stops will definitely prevent some of the CO2 loss, but
it might draw some out in the process. Your best
bet for keeping your brew fresh, is a reuseable silicon
rubber bottle cap. Invest in a couple of those and
you can save your Soda Stream for making sweet, delicious