So I rigged up my second co2 reactor a few days ago and still have not witnessed any bubbles coming from the air stone.
I remember the first one I rigged up took over a day to put bubbles out and the first bubbles I saw where about a minute apart.
I used the same bottle and recipe as before
* 1 Liter Fiji water bottle
* Half full of hot h2o (apx 500 ml)
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 tsp baking soda (essentially sodium bicarbonate)
-wait for solution to dissolve and to cool to room temperature
* 1/4 tsp active yeast
*fill to taper point with cold h2o
The yeast packet had been in the butter drawer on the door of the refrigerator for a few weeks (since I opened it to mix the last batch).
It might have become inactive/ died.
How long in such a condition can yeast survive?
In the first day I saw bubbles in the water bottle.
When I completely open the pressure regulator to the point where the valve is removed I can hear a small short burst of air escape.
Is this an indication of the chemical reaction producing co2?
I do this daily when I have not witnessed any bubbles as I fear that if the solution could be reacting but cannot make through the entire process of the air line
[air line tubing > flow valve > tube > pressure regulator > air line tubing with minor points of constriction due to suction cup grips > air stone ]
and as such that it may build up excess pressure in the bottle and explode.
The bottle sits in the 5 cm space between the rear of my Aquarium and the wall.
Could a co2 reactor explosion have enough force in the horizontal plane to damage or breach the glass of the fish tank?
If my yeast is indeed dead can I just open a new packet of Yeast and add another 1/4th tsp?
I am between jobs due to some insurance coverage b.s.(don't get me started
)and flat broke. I can't afford to buy more sugar until next month.
I should add that the yeast was just kept its packet with the open part folded over, it was not in an air tight container.