Back before the plastic soda bottle became the defacto container for soda water, soda syphons were used to bring carbonated water to bars, restaurants and even homes. Filling a syphon is a bit different than a bottle, and there are benefits like very high pressure. Unfortunately, “seltzer men” are few and far between, but a few still exist and here is a short video on the process of filling glass syphons. For anyone who liked Fix the Pumps or is interested in using real seltzer water behind the bar check this out.
“In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, shlepping heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. Today, with only a handful of deliverymen left in the country, the siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don’t turn like they used to. Most of the old customers have passed on (or moved to Florida). But there are still bubbles being made by third-generation seltzer filler Kenny Gomberg. In the short documentary Seltzer Works, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink’s place in history. Find out more at http://www.pbs.org/pov/seltzerworks/index.php and http://www.seltzerworks.com/.”