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Forum topic by John Smith posted 01-20-2018 12:20 AM 934 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Smith

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01-20-2018 12:20 AM

wow – who woulda thunk that the standard molasses could be dangerous ?
I took 3 jars of molasses and mixed with 3 jars of warm water to soak some
rusty tools in for the rust removal process (which didn’t work for me).
I poured the diluted molasses into a gallon size plastic jug and put it on top
of the refrigerator 2-3 weeks ago. (the jug was half full).
tonight, I looked at it and it was BULGING like a balloon !!! (probably from the fermentation gasses).
I gently unscrewed the cap and it went pfffffttttsssttttt like I expected and then I finished
unscrewing the cap and it was like taking the cap off of a hot radiator in your car. (you ever do that ??)
KA-BOOM !!!! the green plastic cap impacted the palm of my hand and left a big red mark
and it is still sore.
so now I am thinking – that cap could have hit me “in my good eye” or busted my lip.
- or – the worst case scenario had the jug exploded and that nasty stinky molasses went
all over the kitchen !!! eeeewwwwww what a mess that would have been !! (not to mention the wrath
of the wife with a broomstick).
so – if you gonna save your leftover organic experimental soakings in a jug, make sure it can breathe.
this jug now has a 1/16” hole drilled in the cap to prevent any future mishaps.
just another “word from the wise” awareness group.

- or – you could connect a curly copper tube to the cap and run it through a condenser
then through a thumper keg – - – - – - no wait – - – - that is another thread altogether.
.

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 02:20 AM

Oh man you just gave me a flashback to a batch of wine a buddy of mine made and gave a bottle to me. Idk what he did but it built a bunch of pressure and blew the cork out, along with lots of sticky wine all over the kitchen! Glad you’re not injured any worse from the bottle (or the wife) :-D

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 04:11 AM

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 04:25 AM

I have the same problem with beans. So far the built in pressure release valve is working.

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 04:30 AM


I have the same problem with beans. So far built in pressure release is working.

- AlaskaGuy

Just make sure that exhaust fan is explosion proof.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 01-20-2018 05:06 AM



I have the same problem with beans. So far the built in pressure release valve is working.

- AlaskaGuy

ROFLMAO

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#6 posted 01-20-2018 05:20 AM



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Molasses_Flood

- Smirak


What a mess that must have been.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 01-20-2018 01:53 PM


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Molasses_Flood

- Smirak

What a mess that must have been.

- AlaskaGuy

This is a great book about the molasses flood:
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo

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#8 posted 01-20-2018 03:04 PM

I believe you are supposed to use animal feed molasses which has sulfur in it for rust removal, not human food grade stuff. I looked for some at my Tractor Supply but they didn’t have it.

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#9 posted 01-20-2018 03:21 PM



I have the same problem with beans. So far the built in pressure release valve is working.

- AlaskaGuy

Are you “Sitting Down” when the pressure release valve let’s go? ..LOL..

Rick

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#10 posted 01-20-2018 03:26 PM


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Molasses_Flood

- Smirak

STINKY POOOO!!

“The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event entered local folklore and for decades afterwards residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses.”

Not Nice At All!!

Rick

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#11 posted 01-20-2018 11:27 PM

Ive had Kimchi bottes pop like crazy when opened.

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#12 posted 01-20-2018 11:43 PM


Ive had Kimchi bottes pop like crazy when opened.

- Richard Lee

You need a fermenting air lock to let the gas escape while it ferments if you’re making your own. I used the mason jars with air lock lids for a long time until I found the Crazy Korean Kimchi Container. You can nestle long strips of Napa cabbage in it for a beautiful end result.

https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Korean-Cooking-Sauerkraut-Fermentation/dp/B00M40ANMO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516491667&sr=8-1&keywords=crazy+korean+kim+chi

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#13 posted 01-21-2018 12:39 AM

I have the same problem with beans. So far the built in pressure release valve is working.

- AlaskaGuy

ROFLMAO

- woodbutcherbynight

I had one friend in high school that was into lighters and ‘blue angels’. One day an especially long ‘blue angel’ ended up with the flame going where flames were never intended. Fire in the hole became a science experiment he ‘deeply’ regretted.

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#14 posted 01-21-2018 12:44 AM


I had one friend in high school that was into lighters and blue angels . One day an especially long blue angel ended up with the flame going where flames were never intended. Fire in the hole became a science experiment he deeply regretted.

- Just_Iain

Metaphor Alert!!!

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#15 posted 01-21-2018 01:20 AM


I believe you are supposed to use animal feed molasses which has sulfur in it for rust removal, not human food grade stuff. I looked for some at my Tractor Supply but they didn t have it.

- dhazelton


Yes. An Amish farmer I used to work for used it for rust removal, but it was animal feel molasses that we used to mix with oats to make “sweet feed”. But that was a long time ago. Might be hard to find in this millenium. I didn’t know about the explosion risk though, just the rust removal. He just left it in an open bucket. Maybe he knew not to seal it.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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