This Is What Happens When You Put Flat Beer In A SodaStream

Ever have that moment when you reach for one last beer, crack it open, and then realize you've actually probably had enough for one night? Turns out you may not have to let that bottle go to waste. If you have a SodaStream, your flat beer may actually be salvageable. According to Food & Wine's FWx beer hacks, the machine can be used to re-carbonate your beer.

You'll want to start by pouring the beer into your SodaStream's carbonation bottle. "Carbonating bottle must be properly in place before operating appliance," host Ethan Fixell explains. "Otherwise you're sure to have a beer-splosion all over your floor." 

From there, give it a single pump of carbonation. "You might need to very slowly allow the excess gas to leak out," Fixell warns. "Otherwise you could end up like a contestant at a spring break wet t-shirt contest." Then just pour it into your beer glass, and it'll taste "as good as new."

You can use a SodaStream to make beer too

If you really want that freshly carbonated flavor, you can also try SodaStream's home beer system, the Beer Bar. With just some water and the accompanying beer concentrate, the Beer Bar makes a fresh brew pretty much instantly, according to the company's press release

Not ready to spring for a whole home beer-making machine? There are also ways to keep your beer from going flat in the first place (aside from drinking it immediately). Fixell recommends buying a few reusable silicon rubber bottle caps, which you can place over your beer bottle to seal it off and keep the carbon dioxide where it belongs — in the bubbles. 

Still, it's nice to know that if you have a seltzer machine, you have the option — even if your beer does happen to go flat, you can make it fizzy again in no time. No need to waste a perfectly good bottle or can.