Well, it’s definitely project time around these parts. Maybe it’s the Berkeley air that’s inspired me? The sweet swoosh of the salty breeze off the Bay?
More likely it’s boredom. Because when you move to a new place, you have to make new friends. And I’m still a little behind on that. Thus, projects are my friends! And they always return your phone calls.
Among my many projects this month was my new, fancy dancy home carbonating system. Homemade seltzer! Whenever I want it! Nerdy foodie jump for joy!
So now I have a 10 pound carbon dioxide tank that lives on my counter pretty much permanently and delivers me delightfully effervescent bubble water / soda / cocktails whenever I like.
The original plan was to spend hours visiting numerous hardware stores finagling parts and pieces and building this seltzer machine. Because, you know, I’m so hardcore.
And then I happened upon the incredibly fabulous Oak Barrel in Berkeley. Not only do they have everything for any home beer or wine maker, they also happen to have carbon dioxide tanks complete with the regulator and carbonator attachment to make a complete home carbonator system. Without any work.
Gasp. My planned day of futzing and messing and probably breaking the damn thing were smashed. Thank god.
Way too much money (but no headache) later, my fabulous carbonator is my favorite new kitchen appliance.
Info on how to build your own or acquire one pretty much ready-made, after the jump.