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how do i use gypsum?
    #1375981 - 03/14/03 01:07 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

please help - i've done grain before (wbs) but never managed to find gypsum until today.
the grains always formed a solid mass, so i had to scrape it all up, separate the grains, before using it as spawn. i assumed this was normal (?)

now i have gypsum at last, i want to know - what do i do with the 'knife tip of gypsum' quoted in grain jar recipes?

i used roadkill's tek - wbs soaked 12h, well drained, then loaded into jars. they're downstairs now, loaded up and ready to go in the pc. do i add gypsum now and shake it in before pcing? or does it not apply to this tek?

here it is, with my interpretation of a 'knifetip'


 
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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: shirley knott]
    #1376009 - 03/14/03 01:16 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Ive never really done grain stuff, but i believe gypsun is used to adjust the pf(lower).

That looks like a knife tip to me. I believe the 50/50 casing tek calls for gypsum or maybe it was oyster shells or somthing.


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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: shirley knott]
    #1376012 - 03/14/03 01:17 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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now i have gypsum at last, i want to know - what do i do with the 'knife tip of gypsum' quoted in grain jar recipes?




Put a tiny amount, no more than a gram for a quart jar, on top of the grain before you PC. Shake it up really well so it's evenly distributed, then PC as usual. If you use too much, you'll end up with overly-dry grain. My friend uses about 1/4 teaspoon for a quart jar of rye, and that seems to be about right.

When you're done PCing, use oven mitts to take the jars out while they're still hot and give them a good shake before setting them aside to cool.

Gypsum can't fix everything, but if you rinse and drain your grain well before PCing, it can really help you avoid those horrible clumps my friend hates so much.

Good luck!

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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: shirley knott]
    #1376019 - 03/14/03 01:20 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

By the way, that looks like way too much on that knife tip for a quart jar. Use 1/4 teaspoon.

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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: baraka]
    #1376028 - 03/14/03 01:22 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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i believe gypsun is used to adjust the pf(lower).



U'd be wrong. :tongue:

Diploid, pretty much said everything you need to know


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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: Diploid]
    #1376031 - 03/14/03 01:22 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

thanks diploid, 5 shrooms for you (also to baraka, for coming to my aid)

and this is okay for wet (soaked) grains as well as for dry ones (ala 'for dummies' tek) ?

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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: ExtravagantDream]
    #1376034 - 03/14/03 01:23 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

heh yeah he pmd to reply at his post. I gave it my best shot lol.


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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: shirley knott]
    #1376069 - 03/14/03 01:34 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

gypsum is a very arbitrary animal. in fact, it can be quite unnecessary given the rest of your techniqure is proper. here's how i do it. when your dumping the freshly strained grains into the jars let them sit for a minute before closing them up. This lets the loose water settle. gypsum's purpose is to bind loose water. hold the jar at angle so that the bottom corner is the "bottom". pay attention and watch for any loose water which will work it's way way into a pool. a tiny amount of gypsum goes a long way. however, if there's too much water in there no amount of gypsum will really fix it, you'll end up with this cloudy "paste" in your jars. after some practice you'll know how much gypsum to add for a given amount of loose water. generally, a tiny, tiny pinch is sufficient. other answers have prolly been given and i hope this was good, i was on the phone with  my mom the whole time :smile:.


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Re: how do i use gypsum? [Re: debianlinux]
    #1376081 - 03/14/03 01:37 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

thanks debian - and another 5 shrooms for you too!

thanks to all - they're in the pc now! what a fine place this is - asked and answered in half an hour!  :grin:


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