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Peter Smith is a freelance writer exploring the frontiers of food, technology, and popular science. He's a regular contributor to Smithsonian's Food and Think and has also written for GOOD, Wired, The Believer, Popular Science, and The Art of Eating. He shares his enthusiastic curiosity for analog tech and faits-divers here.

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Photo by Jason Samfield.

Photo by Jason Samfield.

Cross-posted from Gilt Taste.

I don’t want to sound too much like a soda jerk, but there’s something truly refreshing about making your own fizzy water. And if you’re going to make carbonated water at all, why not live deep, suck the marrow out of life, and clone your favorite top-shelf mineral water?

Here’s what you should know.

First off, since you’re going to be drinking a lot of homemade Gerolsteiner, you should probably pick up a keg to fill. If you’re not sure of how much you can handle, you can use an off-the-shelf gadget like iSi or SodaStream for starters, but they’ll only give you a liter at a time. Sooner or later, you’ll want to upgrade. (I’ll be honest. I only started this quest to find fountains and fountains of sparkling water because I happened to have three empty kegs that I needed to put something in.)

Two of my kegs came from my dad’s high school buddy, who, after years of serious home brewing and heavy drinking, discovered the miraculous power of AA, probably with a little prodding from the local brass. Dad’s a pharmacist and along with the kegs, ... Read more