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Casing bake at 160* or 300* and a small proportion mix pleas
    #1244755 - 01/24/03 04:59 AM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I am going to be doing casings for about the 3rd time and I wanna make sure I am doing this right. My previous mixture was 10 parts peat, 5 parts vermiculite, and 2 parts hydrated limestone and a little bit of crushed oyster shell. Is this still recommend or what would you recommend? I have the scotts 3 in 1, vermiculite and plan on doing this 50/50 with a little bit of hydrated lime and oyster shell. What proportion would you recommend in cups? I plan on baking this mixture at 300* for 1 1/2 hrs, but I have read to bake at 160* for 1 /2 to 2 hrs. Which way should I go? Any info is appreciated.


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Re: Casing bake at 160* or 300* and a small proportion mix pleas [Re: spacefag]
    #1244837 - 01/24/03 05:38 AM (15 years, 3 months ago)

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My previous mixture was 10 parts peat, 5 parts vermiculite, and 2 parts hydrated limestone and a little bit of crushed oyster shell. Is this still recommend or what would you recommend?




i use 50/50+, which sounds like what you are trying to do. where did you see to have 10/5/2 peat/verm/lime? the 50/50+ recipe is here:
http://www.thehawkseye.com/50-50casing.html

that recipe is 15.5 cups/15.5 cups/1.2 cups or roughly 15/15/1 peat/verm/lime. i'd say that you put too much lime in your recipe if you did 10/5/2.

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I have the scotts 3 in 1, vermiculite and plan on doing this 50/50 with a little bit of hydrated lime and oyster shell.




my understanding is that 3 in 1 is pretty much 50/50+ so you shouldn't add any lime.

i bake 50/50+ for 1 hour at 350 degrees.


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Re: Casing bake at 160* or 300* and a small proportion mix pleas [Re: spacefag]
    #1244919 - 01/24/03 06:13 AM (15 years, 3 months ago)

If you want to get a "casing mix" perfect?

Use limus strips, or a probe pH tester to test & adjust the pH of whatever mix you use, PRIOR to appling it.

Otherwise you are only guessing what the pH of the mix is.

Peat is acidic. It's pH differs from source to source.

There is no set forumula that that creates a perfect pH casing mix (6.5 to 7.5), because of that factor.

Litmas strips and/or probe tester are cheap & can be had about anywhere. No knowing the exact pH of your casing mix, then trying to adust it -- after application -- is like trying to change a tire on a moving car, if you have it wrong in the first place.

Tray edge & side pinning is generaly a sign something is wrong with the casing layer.

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