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What items do I need to dispense soda for a post mix Bag-in-Box system?
- Dispenser (soda gun, draft arm, tower, counter electric, drop-in, ice/beverage combo)
- Cooling System (cold plate, remote cooler, etc. — Unnecessary for counter electric, drop-in, and ice/beverage combo dispensers)
- CO2 Tank
- Regulators (primary & secondary)
- Syrup Pumps (1 for each flavor desired)
- Hose/Tubing (high pressure & BIB hose)
- Stainless Fittings
- BIB Connectors (1 for each syrup pump)
How much space do I need for a soda fountain?
Beverage dispensers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the support equipment components are no different (Measurements and Specifications can be found in the “Features” section of the item details for complete soda systems). Generally speaking, the boxes of syrup and the CO2 tank typically take up the most space (5 gallon syrup boxes are 11″ x 15″ x 8″).
Syrup pumps can be configured in different ways in order to best utilize the available space. They can be mounted sideways to use less horizontal space and can be in a single row/column or multiple rows/columns. We’ll configure them according to your specifications at no additional charge!
Standard carbonators are approximately 12″ x 12″ x 12″ and a 20lb. CO2 tank is 28″ tall with an 8″ diameter.
What is the difference between a Pre-mix and Post-mix soda fountain system?
- Pre-mix is soda ready to drink (carbonated water & syrup mixed) as if you were buying it in a bottle — not much savings here. Major syrup distributors sell you the soda in bulky refillable stainless tanks for about what you can buy it for on sale at the local supermarket. Basically, glorified soda out of the bottle being dispensed from a faucet.
- Post-mix is where the REAL savings lies. It is the combination of carbonated water made from a carbonator and BIB syrup mixed together at the fountain head as it is being dispensed into the cup. On average, 5 gallon Bag-in-Box name brand syrup is approx. $85. It will yield about 30 gallons of finished product. Do the math, BIG savings here!
Do I need a water line?
YES! Since a soft drink is approximately 5 parts water to 1 part syrup, having an adequate, clean, water supply is absolutely essential.
Additionally, the carbonator MUST have a source of water in order to operate. Food grade braided nylon, copper, or stainless tubing is acceptable for your main water supply.
What size water line do I need?
A minimum 3/8″ inside diameter is required. Anything less then this will starve the carbonator pump and create noise within the pump, poor carbonation, and cause premature failure of the carbonator.
Do I need a cold plate sink?
YES! Your carbonated product must be dispensed cold to keep the CO2 gas in your soda. The warmer the drink, the more gas leaves the drink when dispensed.
What does a carbonator do?
The carbonator combines CO2 gas and water together resulting in carbonated water (seltzer).
What size C02 tank do I need?
A 20 lb tank is an average size at most commercial facilities. Although not necessary, smaller tanks will work just as well (i.e. 10 lbs, 5 lbs, etc.)
How long will a 20 lb CO2 tank last?
Providing your system has no leaks, the average CO2 consumption rate for a medium sized restaurant is approximately 1-2 five gallon boxes per month.
How many drinks will I get from one five-gallon box of syrup?
Although there is not a fixed number, here’s an easy way to estimate how many drinks you would get from one 5-gallon BIB.
- Your soda bag holds 5 gallons of syrup.
- There are 128 ounces in 1 gallon. So, there are 640 ounces in 5 gallons.
- Your soda fountain system will mix water and syrup at a 5 to 1 ratio.
- Divide cup size by 6 for number of ounces of syrup used per cup.
Example for 10 oz. cup: 10 ÷ 6 = approximately 1.7
There are approximately 1.7 oz. of syrup used per each 10 oz. cup
- Divide ounces. of syrup used per cup by 640.
Example: 640 ÷ 1.7 = approximately 376
- This is the estimated number of servings per 5 gallon bag in box, not factoring in ice**
**These estimates do not account for the amount of ice in each cup. More ice per cup would require less syrup, thus more servings per box of syrup.