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Baking soda in co2 generator

>Date: Sat, 5 Jul 1997 08:16:57 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Luvskribs at aol_com
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #814
> 2 cups sugar
> 1 teaspoon yeast
> 1 teaspoon baking soda
> 6 cups luke warm water.

>My question is - what
>is the baking soda for? I don't have any on hand, so mine is running
>it. Does it make Co2 longer this way?

I came up with the baking soda idea several years ago when I measured the
pH of my generator swill at less than 4.  I added 1 tsp of baking soda to
bring the pH back up to more livable levels and also noted a stabilization
of the reaction rate in my bottle.

David W. Webb           Texas Instruments
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