Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
As far as I'm aware, the bio-chem reaction is:
Yeast + sugar = CO2 + ethanol
I believe that brewers' yeast, bakers' yeast, and "super secret CO2 reactor yeast" are identical and do the exact same reaction. As for an additive, I looked up 'alcohol poisoning' to see if there's an antidote. (Maybe something they use in the hospital E.R.??) Nope, medical treatment is to just wait it out and let the liver do all the neutralizing.
Anyhow, I coaxed my fermentor along for a few months doing weekly 50% water changes + 1/2 cup sugar. However it was just too much hassle for me. I bought a 20lb CO2 cylinder; that is the way to go!! It's virtually zero maintenance and I've been running on the initial fill for almost a year now.