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Postby Swatopluk on Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:48 pm

I don'T consider it to be the right word in our context anyway. In the strict sense vinegar is acetic acid derived from wine (and therefore flavored by a lot of other things). I meant they typical 5-20% aqueous solution of pure acetic acid. For really thorough cleaning I recommend potassium dichromate in sulphuric acid (use it sparingly, it's ugly stuff). The more traditional mixture of potassium permanganate and hydrochloric acid has too many disadvantages.
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa on Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:13 pm

Where were you when I was trying to figure out how to decontaminate heavy hydrocarbon caked water level tapes?

Aye, for cleaning it's the rotten substance known as 'white vinegar', and blasphemously used to dress salads across North America....
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Postby Swatopluk on Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:27 pm

They put far too much acid in the salad in our canteen. I played with the thought to bring some soda for direct buffering next time.
Pure acetic acid is a stuff from nightmares (but 100% phosphoric or 98% formic acid are even worse).
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa on Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:56 pm

Oi've yet to find a tasty basic salt to use as a buffer, although calcium ascorbate's relatively tasteless (it's not as effective as NaHCO3 as the products don't leave equilibrium, but you could check the Ka's). Sodium acetate isn't a particularily tasty product, is it?
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Postby Swatopluk on Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:15 pm

No expert on the taste of different acetates. Total oxidation would avoid that problem but probably have negative side effects on the rest of the salad.
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Postby matzaball on Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:10 am

YAAARRRR call me ol' fasion ay say still say the only weapon for a true pirate is his cutlass an' his ol' flintlock pistol
!!! I DO BELIEVE !!!
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa on Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:12 am

Aye, but that's a separate thread. Some of us crafty scientician type salty dogs be using higher-powered cannons...
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Postby Swatopluk on Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:32 am

We use methane powered cannons at the moment. Our staple diet produces lots of gases, so instead of heating the atmosphere with it (requiring overtime yarrrrr!-ing from the crew), we store it in the bilge tanks and use it for above said purpose. We call it our fartillery.
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa on Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:40 pm

Good ayedea, that. With wot Oi feed me crew being high in brimstone, Oi've been using similar techniques to collect H2S off the bilge tanks for gas attacks.
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Postby The Black Spot on Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:17 pm

I's be shocked. All these precious nitrates (not ter mention the methane!) that me crew hs wasted o'er the side o' the ship!

A new regime be in force I thinks.
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Postby Swatopluk on Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:23 am

Combine with Dr.Lansa and you can open a floating gunpowder factory.
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Postby Dr. Otis Lansa on Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:42 pm

Aye... coconut charcoal does have a good reputation, though, so parhaps we need an island with sulphur vents for collectin' and processing materials.
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Postby Swatopluk on Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:38 am

The Caribbean holds many volcanic islands. And where volcanoes are, there is sulphur (and cheap heat).
But be careful to store your silverware upwind of the factory.
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Postby black bart on Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:59 am

The Black Spot wrote:

I's be shocked. All these precious nitrates (not ter mention the methane!) that me crew hs wasted o'er the side o' the ship!


We clearly need to set up a pirate waste recycling service - think of all the rum bottles we chuck over the side. I nominate the most junior pirate on the waves to turn his boat into a recycling centre...

poor bugger!
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Postby Swatopluk on Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:32 am

Ever tried to put crunched glass in your firearms, when out of grape-shot?
Expect some glassy stares.
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