What are seltzer bottles? Perhaps this article can offer you further information in answering this question. There are two types to discuss – the antique, collectable bottles and the bottles that are currently on the market to make homemade seltzer water.
Many people are collectors of antique seltzer bottles. These are bottles from earlier centuries, usually made out of bottle glass – many with etched designs on the bottles.
There are many antique seltzer water bottles marketed on the internet including the antique New York Seltzer Water bottles that were made in Czechoslovakia in the late 10th century to early 20th century. These bottles are only genuine if they have the mark “made in Czechoslovakia” on the bottom of the bottles. The metal top has on it N.Y. Seltzer Co., Detroit, MICH. (Note the old state abbreviation for Michigan.)
Another collectable is the seltzer water bottle made and marketed by Scholtz Brothers Jackson Bottling Company in Philadelphia Pa. Bottle collectors can find this bottle at several websites on the internet.
For making homemade carbonated or seltzer water, the internet is full of websites that sell soda siphons and devices for this purpose but all you really need is a seltzer bottle and chargers. Seltzer bottles come in many sizes from 1 liter to 2 liter and many different shapes. The bottles will hold regular tap water. Most seltzer bottles look like old thermos bottles and have a spray device built in the lid.
The seltzer bottles themselves have many different prices depending on the material the bottle is made of. You can get aluminum, glass or stainless steel. The aluminum bottles come in varies colors. The bottles with the plastic parts are usually not very cost effective as they do not last very long. The most popular bottles are the stainless steel ones. They can be bought at any store or at many websites over the internet.
The CO2 charges are canisters of pressurized carbon dioxide and come in two types – one a snap-on type an the other is a screw in type. The charger fits into the spray head. When you press the trigger or plunger, you will get fresh carbonated seltzer or soda water.
The chargers usually come in boxes of 10 and each charger will carbonate about 1 quart of carbonated water. You then just dispose of the charger. After using all 10 in the box, you just need to order another box. Chargers can be purchased at many stores as well as a great number of websites on the internet. The price of these chargers comes out to less than buying club soda from the store. You can even join a club where the price of your chargers can come out to being even cheaper.
Once you have the devices necessary for making seltzer or carbonated water, you are quickly on your way to making great tasting soda pop or soda water for your family. You can add pieces of fruit to your water for a refreshing, low sugar drink or you can buy flavor packages that can also produce low calorie drinks. You can also use your seltzer water to mix with alcohol for cocktail hour with the adults.