Premix refers to the ready-mixed,ready-to-drink softdrink that has usually been packagedin 5-gallonstainless steeltanks. The premix itself is identical to the beverage of the same brand that is being sold in bottles or cans, and is already carbonated. The softdrink is thendispensed from a simple premix dispenser, which does nothing more than refrigerate thecontainer and dispense the drink.A premix dispenser is suitable to outlets which regularly sells the respective softdrink, but in relatively small amounts.
This Premixed Soft Drink Carbonation Tester is constructed of tempered glassandstainless steel with a quick connect on the bottom, and a 100 psi gauge and a relief valveon the top. Used in the 1960s to check the pressure of premixed soft drinks beforeshipping them off in 5 gallon tanks by truck, it is operated by connecting the tank to thequick connect, bleeding off gas to allow the glass to fill and then shaking it up. The pressure is then read from the gauge.At thesodaplant, aquality controlmanager would periodically check the carbonationlevel of the premix tanks with a carbonation tester before they were shipped out.
Postmix refers to the system where a specialsyrup(concentrate) of the softdrink isshipped to the outlet, usually in a returnable tank or a disposable bag-in-boxcontainer.On location, the softdrink is mixed to order from the postmix syrup, chilled and purifiedwater andcarbon dioxide(from a gas cylinder), and usually served directly from a gun-type nozzle.