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  • smirnoff46 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Best Ginger Beer5 months ago
    Best Ginger Beer

    Neglected to mention... the pic of the glass is before I heated it back up as a "tea". Made it up and took the picture but then tasted it and without carbonation I didn't care for it. I might try the Mormon method of carbonation tomorrow. I think that's a great idea!

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  • smirnoff46 made the instructable Best Ginger Beer5 months ago
    Best Ginger Beer

    Finished it just tonight. Threw in a sprig of rosemary just after I took it off the boil since it didn't occur to me sooner. I would add more next time, or mint would probably be nice. Don't have any carbonation right now so I diluted it as a hot tea. Wonderful! ..and good for calming the stomach :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  • smirnoff46 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Best Ginger Beer5 months ago
    Best Ginger Beer

    To all those commenting about the name of the post: Ginger "ale" and Ginger "beer" are the same thing for the most part in the U.S., although in my experience usually the spicier ones tend to be called Ginger beer...perhaps why the author chose that name (Btw those are my favorite). If you think of it, ale and beer can both be considered alcoholic beverages when taken out of context, but nobody would ever think you meant an alcoholic beverage when you say root beer. So I don't think the title is misleading at all. Perhaps it depends what part of the English speaking world you're in that determines how you think of beer and ale. English is a crazy language and meanings change over time. I will try this recipe this weekend Mike. Have that pro membership ready lol ;)

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  • smirnoff46 commented on netzener's instructable Three Transistor Short Wave Radio1 year ago
    Three Transistor Short Wave Radio

    Just one more question. Is there something on Uxcell that would work for the 0.047uf multilayer capacitor? I can find .047uf and I can find MLCC's, but not in the same product at once. I've already placed my order with mouser and I'm trying to keep shipping to a minimum. Unless Mouser has a 140pf Variable capacitor that I could use, I will have to place another order with mouser and one with Uxcell. Thanks again-Matt

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  • smirnoff46 commented on netzener's instructable Three Transistor Short Wave Radio1 year ago
    Three Transistor Short Wave Radio

    Thanks again for the info. Sorry to keep bugging you, but I now have everything sitting in the cart on Mouser except for the 140pF Variable Capacitor. I'm not clear on if I need to find something labeled exactly 140pF (which Mouser doesn't have) or if I can get anything that has 140 in the range? For example: 10pF to 150pF, or 12pF to 180pF. Once I get that out of the way I'll be ordering and starting the build as soon as everything is shipped. Thanks so much for all your help!-Matt

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  • smirnoff46 commented on netzener's instructable Three Transistor Short Wave Radio1 year ago
    Three Transistor Short Wave Radio

    Thanks for the reply and advice. I'm currently collecting the parts list from Mouser. It's been a bit of work narrowing each part down to the right specs from the thousands of results you get from each part search, but I'm fairly confident in my choices up until the Mylar Capacitor. They seem to be calling it by a different name. Will this one work?: http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Nichicon/QYX1H...Also, I'm assuming the voltage rating on the capacitors and resistors is not so critical. Am I correct in that assumption? I'm finding parts ranging from 1kV to 500V. I'm trying to stay at the smaller end, and away from AC ratings. Is that good enough? Thank you again sir.-Matt

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  • smirnoff46 commented on netzener's instructable Three Transistor Short Wave Radio1 year ago
    Three Transistor Short Wave Radio

    Nice project. I remember getting a Radio Shack kit when I was young and found myself years later wishing I knew what happened to it. I'm pretty sure I was picking up air traffic control communications at the time. I recently tried to make a shortwave/VHF radio following instructions from a Youtube video, but I haven't been able to get it to work. Not sure what I did wrong but the instructions were not very clear. I would love to try your design, but can you tell me if it would work with powered speakers instead of the crystal headset, or would that feed back power into the circuit? How could I prevent that? I like the idea in the other design of using a 9v battery in order to be able to use regular headphones or plug into a computer to make recordings. Thanks for any suggestions!-Matt

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