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DIY salt water mix?

Post by Michael Milligan on November 4th 2010, 8:06 pm

Hi all!

I just wondering how much time any of you have put into taking saltwater from the ocean and boiling it down to make seasalt mix?

I've hear all the warnings about contamination etc, but the water is from the same place that I collect the livestock. I'm thinking to collect the water in a lowered bucket from the dock (no silt), pouring it through cheese cloth and boiling it down on site. Make a day of it! lol I have a camp stove and a small BBQ... two stock pots boiling away for a few hours might make it worth my while.

Why not use the water directly? I would, but is is HEAVY and I'm on foot. Even a 25% water change would mean that I would have to carry 200 lb of water home in buckets. That is 10 trips with buckets... not likely! lol
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Post by Bluntokian on November 4th 2010, 8:10 pm

Sounds good to me. If I could come with you we could just have us a bonfire and make a party of it.
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Post by moto826 on November 4th 2010, 10:03 pm

jest buy salt or get a donkey to carry it for you lol
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Post by jared on November 5th 2010, 12:39 pm

I've never tried it. I know lots of people who use natural saltwater from the ocean with no problems, as long as they are far enough away from sources of pollution.

Since you're boiling it I wouldn't worry about contamination from living organisms, because I assume that would kill them all. I guess what I would be worried about is the high levels of DOCs and nutrients released by the dead organisms. I'd be especially curious about whether there is any ammonia in the water after boiling it.

Good luck. Let us know how it works out.
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 5th 2010, 8:03 pm

Or...

I can get 1kg boxes of italian sea salt for $1.69. Additive free. Would that work? It comes out to .27/gal of SW vs .50/gal for bags of instant ocean. Plus is is MUCH easier for me to get.

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Post by Hero on November 6th 2010, 10:57 pm

The way I see it. You either pay for gas or salt Razz. Plus sitting at the beach boiling water seems odd. If you do do it let us know how it goes!

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Post by Michael Milligan on November 7th 2010, 6:49 am

Pufferfreak wrote: You either pay for gas or salt Razz.


I think I'm going to try that Italian sea salt from the grocery store, Costs half of instant ocean, and if my boiled down sea water should work, then I bet someone else's boiled down seawater will work too.

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Post by Hero on November 7th 2010, 9:08 pm

Shocked. I'm not sure if you're being serious or not ninja.

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Post by Michael Milligan on November 7th 2010, 10:11 pm

I'm never serious.

I'm just looking at how actual sea salt is cheaper than synthetic.

Is food grade pure sea salt a usable item? I mean the industrially produced high volume manufactured sea salt.
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Post by Bluntokian on November 8th 2010, 9:53 am

Its bleached last time I checked.
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 8th 2010, 5:01 pm

Bluntokian wrote:Its bleached last time I checked.

"beached" as in made white with chlorine? That shouldn't pose a problem. The salt I have is "additive free".
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Post by Michael Milligan on November 8th 2010, 5:15 pm

This is from the Wiki article "salt":

After the raw salt is obtained, it is refined to purify it and improve its storage and handling characteristics. Purification usually involves recrystallization. In recrystallization, a brine solution is treated with chemicals that precipitate most impurities (largely magnesium and calcium salts).[21] Multiple stages of evaporation are then used to collect pure sodium chloride crystals, which are kiln-dried.


So, no additives, but they took all the good stuff out!
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