How Does a Carbonator Work

Carbonators have become a thing in our daily lives; it fits well in our kitchen and dining tables, it turns plane water into fresh sparking water all at the touch of a button, the carbonator can be used for any drink, not just water.

Anyone can operate a carbonator it is very safe, quick, and easy and it comes with a fizz infuser technology which makes it safe even for kids to use. People often ask the question “how does a carbonator work” well there is a much simpler way to explain it, read below to know how does a carbonator works.


Here is a simple principle on how does a carbonator works; Carbonators are designed in many shapes and sizes however they all work the same when carbon dioxide gas (CO2) under pressure is infused with water causing bubbles to form when the liquid becomes effervescent and gives a fresh sparking taste to the drink.


A soda fountain is a device that dispenses soda water or soft drinks. A soda fountain could also be a shop or counter selling drinks from a soda fountain.

Furthermore, a Soda fountain dispenses carbonated soft drinks called fountain drinks. They can be found in restaurants, convenience stores or concession stands.

The device combines flavored syrup or syrup concentrate and carbon dioxide with chilled and purified water to make soft drinks, either manually, or in a  vending machine which is essentially an automated soda fountain that is operated using a soda gun. Today, the syrup often is pumped from a special container called a bag-in-box  (BiB).


Here is how a soda fountain carbonator works; first, CO2 is dissolved into the water by lowering the temperature of the water or increasing the pressure of the CO2 gas using a Carbonator.

Secondly, carbonator pumps or booster pumps introduces a force that increases the pressure allowing the CO2 to dissolve into the water.

Thirdly, the soda water is then mixed with the flavored syrup, creating the soft drink. Along this line, the syrup and carbonated water mix together and exit throuth the nozzle, this is done by the customer as he operates the lever on the soda fountain.

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Fourthly, the soda fountain has a tube in which the syrup stored in plastic bags are connected to, the soda flavoring is drawn from the plastic bags using air pressure when the customer pushes down the lever.

In addition, the ice bin keeps the soda cold and also provides customers with ice for their drinks. The ice dispenser contains a rotary device that slowly pushes the ice toward an opening.

Finally, the ice falls through the opening, down a chute, and into the customer’s drink. A bin at the bottom with a grate over it catches the ice cubes. This is a brief description of how a soda fountain carbonator works.



Soda drinking fountains began as an attempt to replicate mineral waters that bubbled up from the Earth. Long time ago, humans had this believe that using this mineral waters either for drinking or bathing could cure diseases.

This belief brought up several research and industries such as Benjamin Silliman, a Yale chemistry professor, was among the first to introduce soda water to America though soda drinking fountain started in Europe.

In 1832, John Matthews of New York City and John Lippincott of Philadelphia began manufacturing soda fountains. Both added innovations that improved soda-fountain equipment and the industry expanded as retail outlets installed newer, better fountains.

Before mechanical refrigeration, soda drinking fountains used ice to cool drinks and ice cream. A soda fountain is also referred to as a postmix machine in some markets. Any brand of soft drink that is available as postmix syrup may be dispensed by a fountain.


The idea of carbonation isn’t new. Beer has been around nearly as long as humans have, and this process produces CO2 that gives beer its foamy head.

However, the process of carbonation wasn’t applied to non-brewed drinks until the 18th century.  The English chemist Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen, connected a bottle of water to a keg of brewing beer and noticed that some of the gas produced by the process dissolved into the water and was released when he opened the bottle.

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CO2 hadn’t been identified at the time, so he called it fixed air. This discovery is explained in the PDF Pamphlet by the English chemist, Joseph Priestley.

So, how does carbonation work? Carbonation is the process of forcing CO2 to dissolve in water. This principle involves two things: low temperature and pressure.

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CO2 dissolves much better in cold water than hot. At a temperature of about 45°F (about 8°C) that most soda makers recommend, 2.2 pints (1 liter) of water can absorb about 0.1 ounces (3 grams) of CO2.

At a typical room temperature of 60°F (about 15°C), that falls to just over 0.07 ounces (about 2 grams).

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Another working principle of carbonation is Pressure. The higher the pressure of the CO2 gas, the more quickly and completely it will dissolve into the water. So, to carbonate water, you chill it and then apply high-pressure CO2.


The Carbonator pump is specially designed to pump water much greater than the pre-set CO2 pressure to give you a potent level of carbonation.

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It’s internal carbon blades will hold up to unusually hard conditions such as low water or no water situations for a short period of time before breaking up and bulging into the front of the manufacturers round disc label.

However, this pump is a water-lubricated pump. So at least 20lbs of water are required for good performance to your carbonator.


With more people making switch from sugary sodas to healthier carbonated drinks or beverages and experimenting with their own recipes, carbonating drinks at home and getting answers to this question ‘’how does a carbonator work ‘’ is imperative.

Carbonating drinks at home is not a difficult task. Getting a carbonation machine can be quite expensive but the good news is that you can still carbonate your drinks and beverages at home without using the carbonation machine.

Now how does it work? It’s a very simple task. Just get 2 plastic bottles (20oz) with caps, 3 ft of tubing fish aquarium size, drill, drill a little bit smaller than the tubing, scissors, funnel, toilet paper, vinegar, baking soda and liquid you want carbonated.

  1. Drill hole in caps.
  2. Cut the ends of the tubing.
  3. Stick each end of the tube into a bottle cap and screw the caps on. One end of the tube should be in the bottle about an inch and the other end should reach the bottom of the bottle.
  4. Pour the liquid you want to be carbonated into the bottle that has the tube going to the bottom. Leave about an inch and a half-space at the top for air. Screw the cover back on.
  5. Fill the other bottle with vinegar about 1/3 full and leave the cover off.
  6. Take a square of toilet paper, put a tablespoon of baking soda on it, and fold it.
  7. Drop the toilet paper baking soda into the vinegar bottle, quickly screw the cap and shake the bottle.
  8. Pick up the bottle with your drink and shake it vigorously. You’ll see bubbles coming out of the tube. Shake until there are no more bubbles coming out of the tube. Let it sit for a minute or two.
  9. Pinch the tube above the bottle (bottle with a carbonated drink) and slowly open it. Bring the other bottle to the sink, pinch and release it.
  10. Pour, drink, and enjoy your carbonated drink.


Carbonation process is a very important step in the preparation of beverages or soft drinks. Carbonation is a process of adding carbon dioxide gas to any liquid. This process should be done with care because it’s tricky.

Carbonation process also means dissolving a quantity of carbonic gas into different products in other to obtain a gasified final product. This process is used for wines, soft drinks etc.

Carbonation also imparts sparkles on beverages and drinks, gives it a tangy taste, and prevents spoilage. Carbonated beverages do not require pasteurization.


Carbonation is the process of carbon dioxide dissolving in a liquid and this process works on all kinds of liquid, beverages, and drinks carbonation. There are many Carbonators that can get your drink and beverage fresh. Go ahead and get that taste refreshing bubbles in your drink.


The Maccann’s carbonator is part of the Soda Carbonator E series, this machine makes a reality the impossible marriage of holding together gas and water at room temperature by high pressure.

How does a carbonator work - Mccann's carbonator E series

The Electrical cord is 115VAC, 60Hz Single Phase, 6.5 amps, 1/3HP with 2 Gallon Tank Stainless steel Base. The Mccann’s carbonator also has rubber feet for sound isolation brass water pump with integral strainer.

Finally, the Mccann’s Carbonator has (2) 3/8 MF Soda Water Outlets and 100GPH, 250 psi By-Pass.


A vending machine is an automated machine that dispenses small articles such as drinks, snacks, beverages, etc. When employees or clients are thirty or feel like snacking, a vending machine helps in quenching their thirst because it quickly dispenses drinks and snacks.

A soda vending machine is appreciated by anyone who is thirsty and in need of a cool drink, and do not have the time and energy to visit a shop

Now, how does a soda vending machine work? It’s pretty simple.

  1.  Stock the vending machine with soda
  2. Test and troubleshoot. Put money into the machine to confirm that it reads coins and paper money.
  3. Collect proceeds of sale

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