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Old 01-10-2013, 06:13 PM   #11
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Well I just put a different silicon on, the last stuff never dried. This stuff actually did... I re-mixed the yeast and sugar, this time using warm water, not hot. In one of the bottles the top is a little foamy, is this a good sign?
yeah. sounds like its working.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #12
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When making bread you use 100 degree F water, which feels warm but not hot to the touch. It sounds like you have got it
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yeah. sounds like its working.

Okay great. When should it start producing? How often should I change it?
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I read some places where people change it out evry 3 weeks. It does not seem to last that long for me.
I have a 2 L bottle and a 4 l bottle running in tandem. I change one of the bottles every 10 days but i could stretch it to 14 days if i wanted.
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Hot water will kill the yeast. You want to use luke warm to warm water.
I agree with this.
Also the more oxygenated the yeast is the faster it gets to work. I always let my mix sit a good ten minutes before adding it to the bottle. I also put a bubble stone in the yeast bowl for a few seconds to give it that extra bit of oxygen. Sounds odd I know but I usually have bubbles going anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour after its all hooked up. I was horrible about remembering to change it at first but now I do it about once every three weeks. Even after all that time I still get steady bubbles but I still change it.
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It's makin' bubbles! Not a whole ton, but it is! I think having an actual diffuser would help, too....
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Actually IME a diffuser has little to no use when it comes to DIY, the reactor lacks the pressure that is needed to use a diffuser successfully. Best way that I've found is to just stick the tubing up the filter intake so the bubbles can be chopped up by the filter motor.
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I had no luck with a diffuser or airstone. I bought a bubble ladder on ebay. It is excellent. Virtually all of the co2 is diffused before it gets to the top of the ladder. And i have seen a noticeable improvement in plant growth and vigor
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excellent! I used one of those for awhile. They are surprisingly efficient, and since there is no back pressure, work really well in conjunction with a DIY system.
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Alright I will put it in the filter intake. Right now I have it in the filter, because I am suspecting as it goes through the sponge it will break it up, but I will put it in the intake thanks!
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