Seawater brine

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Seawater brine

Postby mrm on Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:07 pm

Hello all,

Im thinking of using clean Atlantic seawater as a brine - has anyone else ever done this before ? Its a 5% salt solution, containing 25g of salt per litre - a natural brine solution....

I live beside the ocean and the water is pristine, but not without its share of phytoplankton / zooplankton etc !! I was going to boil it first..

Any thoughts ?

Thanks
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby jdinid on Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:35 pm

As long as you boil it first, I’m curious to see how it turns out. 5% is a bit high for most folks, so you may want to cut it with distilled water.
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby Christopher Weeks on Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:14 am

Also, boiling will drive out some of the water, concentrating the salt further.
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby mrm on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:42 am

thanks for the comments - I'll give it a go, maybe filter the water & boil it after. will let you know
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby gardener on Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:20 pm

Do you like the taste of seawater? I most definitely do not!

Please do let us know how your experiment turns out.
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby Christopher Weeks on Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:40 am

The taste of seawater thing is fascinating. I lived places that were a few blocks or a few miles from the southern California beach until I was 9 and then moved to the Midwest US. I like the taste of the ocean. I think a lot of people who live with it do. But literally no one I've talked to who grew up in the Midwest does.
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby gardener on Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:56 pm

Midwest-bingo! That's me. I taste the potassium chloride too much in seawater, I think.

I even have found I need to be very sparing with adding calcium chloride to fermenting cucumbers or peppers The calcium chloride is supposed to preserve cellulose so that vegetables stay crisp. Seawater has calcium chloride, too, doesn't it?
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Re: Seawater brine

Postby TempehYay on Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:15 pm

Hi Martin - Do you have any updates on how the seawater came out?

mrm wrote:thanks for the comments - I'll give it a go, maybe filter the water & boil it after. will let you know
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