Tips-and-tricks guru Clifford Endo is the master when it comes to kitchen hacks, from converting an ordinary backyard grill into a smoker fit for the best rack of ribs, to speeding up the pickling process from hours to mere minutes with the help of a whipping canister. This week on You Can Do This!, Endo shares the secret to making DIY sparkling wine in minutes using inexpensive and re-usable tools from your local hardware and beverage supply stores.
Make Your Own Carbonator
1 primary double gauge CO2 gas regulator
2 beer line clamps
1 Tap Quick disconnect ball lock
1 carbonator caps
1 6-ft piece of beverage hose that fits the Tap Quick disconnect (hose length is at your discretion)
1 tank of Co2 (can be found at welding shops)
Attached your CO2 regulator to your CO2 tank. Tighten with pliers. Make sure all levers are in the off position.
Place two line clamps on you beverage line.
Attach one end of the line to your C02 regulator. Move clamp almost the way up to the connector spigot, leaving a sliver of beverage line between the clamp and the regulator. Fasten clamp as the widest point of the spigot coming from the regulator. Tighten clamp as far as it will go creating an airtight seal.
Attach the other end of your beverage line to your Tap Quick disconnect ball lock, and move the clamp almost the way up to the ball lock spigot, leaving a sliver of beverage line between the clamp and the regulator. Tighten clamp as far as it will go creating an airtight seal.
At this point turn your CO2 lever to on. Slowly open you CO2 tank and listen for any hisses in your beverage line. A hiss is a sign of a leak, immediately turn off your tanks and adjust and retighten clamps until the noise is gone. When there is no hiss of gas leaking you have an airtight seal and are ready to carbonate.
Fill and empty water bottle 3/4th of the way full with whatever liquid you want to carbonate. Make sure your liquid is cold. Squeeze bottle removing all the air and raising the liquid line all the way to the opening. Screw on the carbonator cap tightly. Your bottle should stay squeezed and without and additional air. The gas will fill the air space that you just squeezed out.
Put your bottle on the table and pull the sleeve of your ball lock disconnect back and place over your carbonator tightly and in the same motion releasing the sleeve locking the two pieces together. Shake for 30 seconds holding the carbonator cap and ball lock so they don’t come apart. Shaking the bottle helps works in the gas.
Disconnect the ball lock quick release. Turn off tank. And slowly open your carbonator cap. You have now just carbonated!