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  • Ilan Voyager commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Best Ginger Beer

    Nice classic recipe for a strong ginger syrup you can use with flat or carbonated water, with tea, for perfuming flans, jellies, perfumed grated ice and making ice creams. There are many uses and many twists.I add cardamom and Jamaican pepper. The syrup can be kept far more than three months in the fridge, and if you sterilize the bottles for years in ambient temperature.Do not throw the ginger after stirring, you can use it for making bits of ginger in sugar. more hot or cold drink, or fermented ginger beer. You can even make ginger vinegar.But the recipe is not a genuine ginger beer. A ginger beer is fermented, has alcohol (from 1 to 6 %) and can be very dry if fermented a second time in the bottle so all the sugar is transformed in carbonic gas and alcohol, a very different taste from …

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    Nice classic recipe for a strong ginger syrup you can use with flat or carbonated water, with tea, for perfuming flans, jellies, perfumed grated ice and making ice creams. There are many uses and many twists.I add cardamom and Jamaican pepper. The syrup can be kept far more than three months in the fridge, and if you sterilize the bottles for years in ambient temperature.Do not throw the ginger after stirring, you can use it for making bits of ginger in sugar. more hot or cold drink, or fermented ginger beer. You can even make ginger vinegar.But the recipe is not a genuine ginger beer. A ginger beer is fermented, has alcohol (from 1 to 6 %) and can be very dry if fermented a second time in the bottle so all the sugar is transformed in carbonic gas and alcohol, a very different taste from the carbonated water with ginger syrup. The same thing can be done with pineapple, it's the Mexican tepache.

    I make the two as they have for me different purposes. The syrup, as said the author, is very practical, ready in the fridge, some ice, some cold water and it's done. And there are many other uses.The recipe of the author is very good and works flawlessly.Beer is another world. I make it very dry, a bit like a pale ale. Very clear and transparent. No apparent sweetness, so you do need finally just a bit of ginger, which being raw, keeps all the spiciness and earthiness of the root. Cooking always weakens any spice.I add just a few corns of Jamaican pepper and I use a very brown solid sugar called piloncillo in Mexico. It's fantastic for starting a fermentation, and it's not sweet. More like molasses. But making a batch of beer is a lot of work, done for special occasions, so the syrup is…

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    I make the two as they have for me different purposes. The syrup, as said the author, is very practical, ready in the fridge, some ice, some cold water and it's done. And there are many other uses.The recipe of the author is very good and works flawlessly.Beer is another world. I make it very dry, a bit like a pale ale. Very clear and transparent. No apparent sweetness, so you do need finally just a bit of ginger, which being raw, keeps all the spiciness and earthiness of the root. Cooking always weakens any spice.I add just a few corns of Jamaican pepper and I use a very brown solid sugar called piloncillo in Mexico. It's fantastic for starting a fermentation, and it's not sweet. More like molasses. But making a batch of beer is a lot of work, done for special occasions, so the syrup is an excellent solution for every day use.

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  • No sensate person will compress HHO in a cylinder, for security and economics reasons. Besides it's totally useless as the interest of a HHO generator is to produce HHO on demand, and to get rid of the annoyance of tanks, refilling and maintenance.

    There is no interest for a shop or amateur to produce hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis of water, and to compress them in cylinders or tanks for stocking. The cost and risks would be prohibitive. But a HHO or brown gas generator can be very useful in some fields as acrylic polishing and jewelry. The gas is produced on demand and immediately burned by the torches. The gas circuit has flame arrestors and check valves.You get rid of all the problems created by stocking gases, tanks filling and their maintenance. After use, the gas circuit is purged and the eventual remaining quantities of the mix HHO in the generator are minimal (a few cubic centimeters) and do not present a risk.

    Hydrogen gas has been industrially used in the USA for welding and brazing during WW2 when there was a shortage of acetylene which was kept in priority for cutting steel in the naval industry. Hundreds of thousands of aluminum fabrications were weld with hydrogen torches (2800° Celsius with pure oxygen). There is no condensation it's simply too hot and dry water vapor is not a problem when welding.Acetylene is widely used in the world as a good 2900-3200° Celsius torch is a very versatile tool in any good shop, it's also used for cutting very thick steel and forming plates in shipyards. In third world countries small acetylene generators with calcium carbide are used for jewelry brazing.Nowadays there are small brown gas ( called also HHO) generators for polishing acrylics and je…

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    Hydrogen gas has been industrially used in the USA for welding and brazing during WW2 when there was a shortage of acetylene which was kept in priority for cutting steel in the naval industry. Hundreds of thousands of aluminum fabrications were weld with hydrogen torches (2800° Celsius with pure oxygen). There is no condensation it's simply too hot and dry water vapor is not a problem when welding.Acetylene is widely used in the world as a good 2900-3200° Celsius torch is a very versatile tool in any good shop, it's also used for cutting very thick steel and forming plates in shipyards. In third world countries small acetylene generators with calcium carbide are used for jewelry brazing.Nowadays there are small brown gas ( called also HHO) generators for polishing acrylics and jewelry welding-brazing. Pretty convenient as you do not need any more cylinders with revisions, refills and tutti quanti just electricity and water. A correct one is around 400-600 USD.Propane, Butane and LPG are very "dirty" and not very useful in some applications like platinum or delicates alloys welding/brazing. And many times TIG with the expensive argon tanks is not practical; try to weld a 0.6 mm platinum wire on a ring with a TIG...

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  • You are welcome. Yes the sealed bag is important, it keeps out also the fungus, the main killer of seeds a part the heat. Tomato seeds can be kept until 5 years in the fridge with a good germination rate. It's important to keep always seeds of the former years as the plantation of one year may be a failure, or worst the tomatoes appears to be hybrids when grown, so you have to go back 2 years before to get the pure breed again.Another important thing before planting, it's leaving the seeds out of the fridge 2 or 3 days in the sealed bag (so no condensation), and after to soak the seeds one night in water at room temperature. That improves highly the germination rate.

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  • Very nice. the method is fool proof and very well explained. Keeping the seeds evidently works only in heirloom tomatoes (and other plants).I'll add that the best way to keep the seeds is in the fridge in a sealed bag.Heat shortens dramatically the life of seeds, and tomatoes seeds after spending 6 months at more than 30 degrees Celsius have a high fail rate germination.

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