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#1483591 Science paper on SHU testing

Posted by DontPanic on 14 August 2017 - 11:09 AM

I got interested in how they separated the capsaicin from the pepper sauce.


I had to look up the Soxhlet extraction process.




It got me thinking...  I bet the excess water in the pepper sauce would play hell on the extraction.  The water should accumulate in the collection pot, which should affect the solubility.


I'd have been tempted to use something aromatic like benzene, toluene, or xylene.  You can modify the condenser to separate out the water, which should make the extraction more efficient.


I can see why the methanol was so much more efficient than the ethanol.  Anytime you're boiling ethanol/water, you're going to have a lot of water boiling up with the ethanol, which will probably make the extraction go more slowly.  If you're boiling methanol/water, the vapor stream is more concentrated with methanol, so the extraction pot is seeing less water.


It worries me that their extraction method yields a supernatant solution.  This could be due to the water accumulation in the extract knocking the capsaicin out of solution, which could of course totally mess up the results.


It makes me wonder if benzene combined with a modified condenser (to separate out the water) would yield a regular solution, instead of having solids (which could be some of your capsaicin) that need to be filtered.

#1482929 Karoo 2017/2018 glog

Posted by DontPanic on 11 August 2017 - 05:43 PM

Wow! You guys drink a lot of coffee!!

#1482083 Oops! A Stray Cayenne Slipped into my Laundry

Posted by DontPanic on 08 August 2017 - 12:39 PM

If I had pants like that, it wouldn't be nearly so easy to forget about a pepper in one of the pockets.

My laundry would be much safer.

#1482054 Oops! A Stray Cayenne Slipped into my Laundry

Posted by DontPanic on 08 August 2017 - 10:00 AM

So just one pepper is enough to cause trouble in an entire load of laundry? I would never have guessed.

Yeah, as it turned out, just one Cayenne pepper hasn't been noticeable yet.

One of the superhots may be another story. :)

#1481914 Neem Oil Resistance?

Posted by DontPanic on 07 August 2017 - 06:56 PM

Good point ants are def farming the aphids. Clean with vinegar spray and and cinnamon powder or just cinamon powder if in soil area..ants try to avoid it. One plant I literally ate all the aphids off by licking my finger and rubbing off each one of the leaves 3 healthy leaves left from a thoughough stripping eating the aphids like an ultimate preditor. They never came back. Prob solved. Plant bounced back.


Fresh aphids with a cinnamon and vinegar sauce.  I could see that not being too bad.  ;)


Did the aphids have any heat kick to them from eating the pepper plant?

#1481886 Oops! A Stray Cayenne Slipped into my Laundry

Posted by DontPanic on 07 August 2017 - 05:16 PM

Oh, of course there's underwear in the load.


I'll use the underwear as my litmus test.  I'll just have to re-wash until I can stand wearing the underwear.

#1481883 Oops! A Stray Cayenne Slipped into my Laundry

Posted by DontPanic on 07 August 2017 - 05:07 PM

Uh Oh!

When I was taking a load of laundry out of the washing machine, I saw a stray cayenne pepper had found it's way in.  It was mostly in two big pieces, but the seeds are mixed in with my laundry, as well as any Capsaicinoid that was leached out by the detergent.

I took out the big pieces, and threw everything in the dryer.  I guess I'll find out what happens.  :P

#1480772 Origin of Douglah

Posted by DontPanic on 03 August 2017 - 04:56 PM

Found a little article on some pepper history:


That's an interesting article. Thanks for posting that.

I noticed that article was written almost 4 years ago, and the same arguments are still going around.

#1480142 Guru's Garden - Traveling the World in Search of Peppers

Posted by DontPanic on 01 August 2017 - 11:13 AM

Ok so not to rub it in or anything but my contest plant, the Aji lemon Drop is pumping out over a thousand grams per week of ripe pods....

OK, if you've got a plant that can pull 1 kg/week of CO2 out of the air and turn it into peppers, I wonder if you've hit upon something we can use to fix global warming if we scale it up?

#1478803 Register now for the 2017 "seed train" already in progress

Posted by DontPanic on 27 July 2017 - 12:04 AM

Those seeds looked really black! Hhhmmm.

Does it count as germination if they grow into tiny black fur balls?

#1477851 What grows in the blistering Fla heat?

Posted by DontPanic on 23 July 2017 - 04:20 PM

I had a turtle show up in my yard yesterday evening also.  I noticed him as I was watering my peppers.

Then he started laying his eggs, and I knew he wasn't a dude. :confused:

#1477295 Ed Currie's newest hottest pepper

Posted by DontPanic on 21 July 2017 - 04:57 PM


Damn, the secret is out.  Yes, decaying human flesh grows the best plants.  I think that is a movie.


I was gonna get cremated when I die, but now you're giving me another idea. :drooling:

#1476748 2017+2018 AAS winners

Posted by DontPanic on 19 July 2017 - 06:52 PM


Correct, but their page for these plants dont explicitly say "F1" which is making me scratch my head a little. They do say "hybrid" which to me means the same thing, but to some "hybrid" just means "not heirloom."


I was looking at their web page again.  I noticed that the title (in large print) only says "Hybrid", but in smaller print below they show the variety as "F1 Hybrid".


Since I've never grown these before, I'm not sure I'll be able to tell whether or not they're a true F1.


At any rate, I think the only pepper I've grown that was nearly exactly what I expected has been Cayenne peppers.  Pretty much everything else I've grown has surprised me somehow.

#1476677 2017+2018 AAS winners

Posted by DontPanic on 19 July 2017 - 03:27 PM

Park seed sells both varieties (I wonder if they are still F1... do you think Park Seed does the crosses every year required to make hybrid seed? Does clover send the seed to Park to sell?)


Thanks for finding that.


Park Seed has a good review in the Vendor Vault.  And they also have the Cajun Belle seeds (as well as the "Aji Rico F1" and the "Mad Hatter F1").


And they're having a seed sale!


I know it's the wrong time of year, but I think I'll put in an order and set them aside until January.


I'm still new to all this, but I would guess that if your selling a seed branded as an "F1", you have a crossing process for reliably re-producing that seed.  From what I see following some the forum threads on crossing, all bets are off as far as what you'll have the next year with your "F2" plants.

#1476639 2017+2018 AAS winners

Posted by DontPanic on 19 July 2017 - 12:16 PM

Several of my recipes call for Bell Peppers. I've been on the lookout for varieties that are more robust in a hot and humid climate.

I was going to give Cajun Belles a try, but the Sweetie Pie and Chili Pie are also interesting since they are targeted for hot and humid climates according to their description.

I went to the page shown for "Buy Winners", but I couldn't find either the Sweetie Pie or the Chili Pie, nor any reference to Clover Seed Co.  :confused:


Oh well, the search goes on!


It's an interesting link.  There's several interesting peppers and vegetables there.