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How much soda does a Bag-in-Box syrup make?
One (1) 5-gallon Bag-in-Box syrup will yield approximately 30 gallons of soda.
One (1) 3-gallon Bag-in-Box syrup will yield approximately 18 gallons of soda.
How long will a CO2 cylinder last?
One (1) 20 lb. CO2 cylinder will yield approximately 90 gallons of soda;
One (1) 10 lb. CO2 cylinder will yield approximately 45 gallons of soda.
What is the syrup to water ratio?
Regular sugar syrups are typically 5 parts water to 1 part syrup, a 5:1 ratio. Other ratios are 4:1, 3:1, 6:1. Be sure to read the label for each product.
What is the difference between “Pre-Mix Syrup” and “Post-Mix Syrup (BIB)?”
Pre-mix is soda which is ready to drink. It is the product that is in a bottle or a can, but can also be prepared in large 5-gallon containers known as “figals.” Those containers are bulky stainless steel refillable tanks at about the same cost as a can or bottle soda product.
Post Mix is the combination of BIB syrup AND carbonated water mixed together at the nozzle. An average 5-gallon name brand syrup is approximately $65 and will yield approximately 30 gallons of product. The Post Mix system is where the real cost savings and profits are to the seller.
What does the carbonator do? Do I need one for my Fountain soda water dispenser?
The carbonator combines CO2 gas and water together giving you carbonated
water (sometimes called seltzer water or soda water).
Do I need a water filter for my fountain machine?
YES! The quality of your water will determine whether or not you need a water filter. The long term performance of your beverage dispensing equipment will be affected by the quality of your water. If your water tastes “funny” or displeasing, then your soda will also taste “funny” or displeasing. Remember, your drink is 87% water, so good quality water will produce a much better product than poor quality water. The syrup and carbonation cannot disguise water that tastes bad. You definitely don't want your "hard" water to leave calcium deposits inside your fountain machine, eventually rendering it nothing but scrap!
Do I need a water regulator to install a fountain machine?
YES! A water regulator chokes down the flow in the event your water pressure is in excess of 50 psi. In many places your water pressure will fluctuate as people nearby use more or less water throughout the day. This is terrible for soda systems, because it will cause your ratio of syrup to water to change. The best way to prevent this and guarantee a consistent final product for the customer is to use a water booster to artificially boost your water pressure higher, then a water regulator to reduce it to exactly 50 psi. In this way, during periods of high pressure there is no problem because the water regulator will not allow the line pressure to exceed 50, and in periods of low water pressure, the water booster keeps the pressure higher so that your equipment doesn't try to operate with too little water. Still not sure? Let us come give you a free estimate to install your equipment.
Do I need a water booster to install a fountain machine?
A water booster is needed in the event your water pressure is less than 40 psi. This is important because you don’t want to burn up your carbonator from low water pressure.
What size water line is required to run a fountain machine?
Beverage dispensing systems require a water line of 3/8” to ½” and never the small ¼” sized water line. This is important because you don’t want to burn up your carbonator from not having enough water.
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