Carbonating Water: The process and use

Carbonating water is often called as club soda. Carbonating water is simply water with carbon dioxide dissolved in it. How is this done? This is done through the process of carbonation. Carbon dioxide is gas and gas usually doesn’t dissolve in water. CO2 is only slightly soluble in water. But the solubility of this gas in water increases when pressure is also increased. This is why you have to force the CO2 gas into the water to make them soluble.

There are CO2 tanks that are used in homes to create this effect of carbonation. You can even have your own carbonation setup done at home so you can easily make your own club sodas whenever you want. Do take note that it is required that you use cold water as cold water makes it easier to keep the carbon dioxide in the water.

Have you ever noticed your sodas or beer losing their fizz when exposed to warmer temperature? That’s because warm liquid decreases the solubility of the gas to the water so the CO2 happily escapes quickly and you are left with a flat liquid. So, if you want to carbonate your water then it’s best that you use really cold water. You can also use it straight away right after since it’s already quite cold.

Club soda has many different uses. You can add flavors to your club soda to enjoy or you can use it to mix with your alcoholic drinks for cocktails to make it extra special. It’s quite popular for the British people to use club sodas as a mix for their alcoholic drinks so they could enjoy that fizz that makes it more refreshing especially on warmer days.

People are becoming more and more concerned about what they eat or drink. Many ads show just how much sugar and chemicals are actually in the commercial sodas we consume. Soft drinks contribute to the number of obese individuals ballooning in the recent decades and that’s because a can of soft drinks contains hundreds of calories and we tend to consume several cans of soft drinks a day without knowing the amount of calories we just consumed. The awareness of this gave rise to the healthier alternative and that is with carbonated drinks using carbonated water or club soda. There are artificial flavors you can buy that give your carbonated water the taste almost similar to the well known sodas you buy at stores but minus the calories with the addition of too much sugar. Also, Phosphoric acid is one of the ingredients of soft drinks which trick your brain so it won’t know it’s consuming a very sweet drink. Without the sugar and phosphoric acid, you can still enjoy a very refreshing drink with fizz.

So if you are planning on switching from your regular soft drinks to a healthier alternative then buying your own carbonation setup at home would be a great idea. You can buy the individual parts and set it up yourself and save even more money if you know how to get it done. You can then enjoy carbonating any liquid you want from your regular fruit juices to cocktails.