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Re: [Shop-talk] Paging Mr Wizard

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Paging Mr Wizard
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 13:12:58 -0500
On 2/5/2011 12:14 PM, Pat Horne wrote:
> Now there ya go, ruining a perfectly good ale by diluting it! I guess 
> if you do the test fast the ice won't melt too much. Now the question 
> becomes what do you do with the ale?
> Peace,
> Pat

Since all experiements must be repeatable, probably ruin a whole 6 
pack.  But after two you probably won't notice or care.

Peter T.

> Thusly spake Peter J. Thomas, On 2/5/2011 8:41 AM:
>> On 2/4/2011 11:35 PM, Mark wrote:
>>> Perhaps there was enough CO2 in the Root Beer being released that 
>>> the fluid
>>> couldn't support the ice.  Don't you know you are not supposed to 
>>> put ice in
>>> Root Beer anyway:)
>> My vote/guess.  The thickness of the root beer, which allows a nice 
>> head to form, keeps the CO2 bubbles suspended lowering the density of 
>> the liquid.  Don't know if its confirmed, but gas released from sea 
>> floor hydrates are supposed to sink boats.
>> You might be able to reproduce this at home using a really stout ale.
>> Peter T.
>>> Mark
>>> Nashville
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> On 2/4/2011 6:49 PM, Steve Shipley wrote:
>>>>     Why DOESNT ice float.
>>>> I just had a burger, fries, and a mug of root beer at the local 
>>>> A&W.  I
>>>> was
>>>> given a chilled glass mug and I poured my own drink.  I got the ice 
>>>> from
>>>> the soft drink dispensor, but the root beer came from a separate 
>>>> tap that
>>>> looked similar to a beer tap in a tavern.
>>> That's weird.  My first thought was the sugar solution changed the
>>> density allowing it, but I realized that makes things even more 
>>> buoyant.
>>>    I tried heating some water and mixing in sugar.  Ice cubes were
>>> visibly more buoyant and popped to the surface faster when dropped in.
>>> Maybe if the root beer is largely corn syrup, that could be lower 
>>> density.
>>> There are many different structures (aletropes??) of ice crystals, and
>>> some are actually higher density than water, and shrink when frozen.
>>> But they have to be made under precise temps and pressures.
>>> Curious to hear what you figure out.
>>> -Wayne
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