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Lightbulb CO2 Recipie

Just wanted to know what people are using as measurements for:
Sugar
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Baking Soda

I am going to use a 2 liter bottle for the mix and a 1 liter as a trap before going to the 25 gal tank...


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one part carbon to two parts oxygen usually does it for me
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I used 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1/4 cup of 100 degree water for rehydrating/activating the yeast first. tmix i got from a site that was writen by John LeVasseur and all he talks about is DIY CO2 systems. Its called "A Treatise on DIY CO2 Systems for Freshwater-Planted Aquaria. GOOD LUCK! Hope this helps.
This is roughly what I used, except that I boiled it and added a 6oz jello to it. Then poured that into the 2L bottle and put it in the fridge over night. I used 1/2 tsp champagne yeast (very strong, will live to 18% alcohol) and activated it first.

My first mix lasted 3 weeks and then started to decline (but ran for another week). I added a second one to it in week 3. My second one is still going after a full month now. I have since re-mixed the first one that was running out. So essentially I'm running 2 and just swap one out each month once the jello is almost out.

The jello slows down the yeast and the the champagne type will live lots longer. Thus I have to swap it far less often.
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Where do u get the champagne yeast from?
any home brewing supplier
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Where do u get the champagne yeast from?
What skapegoat said. Also, the best champagne yeast for our purposes is Lalvin EC-1118. It has the highest alcohol resistance 18%. For reference, baking yeast dies around 4.5% I believe.
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I used 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1/4 cup of 100 degree water for rehydrating/activating the yeast first. tmix i got from a site that was writen by John LeVasseur and all he talks about is DIY CO2 systems. Its called "A Treatise on DIY CO2 Systems for Freshwater-Planted Aquaria. GOOD LUCK! Hope this helps.
Sorry at the time I wrote this I didn't use the mix yet but I did last night an for the third time it was a waste of time didn't work at all the other mixes I tried atleast got bubbles in the counter but nothing in the tank I started it last night at about 12:00am an at 5:00am nothing!!!! Ill have my wife look again at 7:00 or so but I know the outcome any my advice get a CO2 tank and call it a day this bull don't work I had one mix start then it started to overflow in the counter that was the close I got. So anyone sellin a CO2 system let me know??????????
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Ok what I did was take the off the bubble counter I just hope it's safe I see quite a few people do it like that? So I guess the mix woks.

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What skapegoat said. Also, the best champagne yeast for our purposes is Lalvin EC-1118. It has the highest alcohol resistance — 18%. For reference, baking yeast dies around 4.5% I believe.

I change my mixture for my 2g weekly and Ive been using Lalvine EC-1118. But recently I tried Fischman Rapid rise and could start fermenting fast and very active for the whole week.
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