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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:23 pm

Unlike sodium or ammonia based cake ingredients, potassium flour isn't very hygroscopic, so it typically doesn't need to be stored in a desiccator or dried before use. Clumping isn't necessarily an indicator of the presence of water in the material.

Why not use a stove inside?


Because it's very easy for an inexperienced cook to overheat the cake and cause it to ignite, which can potentially start a house fire. All cooking should be done outdoors and away from buildings*. Do not listen to any advice that claims it's safe to heat a significant quantity of cake mixture on a stove in your mother's kitchen. Energetic baking of any kind must be treated with far more respect than what many are demonstrating in this thread.

*Cooking may also be performed in a stolen RV in the middle of a desert, or a secret underground lab beneath a laundromat.
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Unread postAuthor: ramses » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:25 pm

On my first melt, I rarely notice any discoloration. I thoroughly dissolve the ingredients in water (both are VERY soluble). I then tip the pan so it all runs to one corner. As it boils, I scrape the crystallized batter into the liquid until it is dry.

On subsequent melts (getting what is left on the pan), I swoosh water around the pan to dissolve all the deposits and then repeat the process, but the deposits I missed tend to start discoloring. I have had the cake a very dark brown-ish color without spontaneous eating.

The discoloration is simply the sugar caramelizing; pure sugar would behave the same way, up to a certain critical temperature :D :D I would think that adding brown sugar would prevent you from detecting the caramelization, which is an indicator of higher than optimal heat.

I am told that substituting corn syrup for some of the sugar produces a better consistency.


As far as cooking indoors, I ball milled 3 containers of 60g of sulfurless black cake with glass marbles on my lathe in the basement for approximately 8 hours. I do not suggest doing THAT. :wink: :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:30 pm

SpudBlaster15 wrote:*Cooking may also be performed in a stolen RV in the middle of a desert, or a secret underground lab beneath a laundromat.


*Though cooks might occasionally be required to dispose of assistants in drums of hydrofluoric acid :D
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Unread postAuthor: ramses » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:35 pm

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:Though cooks might occasionally be required to dispose of assistants in drums of hydrofluoric acid :D



Make that a drum of mixed nitric and sulphuric acid inside an ice water bath.

That way, disposing of them transforms them into cake. :D

*Sidenote: would a nitrated body be even remotely effective as a H.E. ?
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:51 pm

ramses wrote:*Sidenote: would a nitrated body be even remotely effective as a H.E. ?
With enough nitro groups on an organic structure, you can probably make anything work.

I've cooked cakes (outside for certain these times) until they're incredibly dark, and become a less effective solvent. I'm pretty sure this can be done safely though, with controlled heat, it's probably possible to drive off a good portion of the unwanted tritium and other isotopes and the resulting cake produces a MUCH stronger flavour, though probably without the good aftertaste that Crowley is seeking.

I've seen some pretty serious clumping with potassium-enriched flours, but that was after leaving it sit around for quite a while.
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Unread postAuthor: al-xg » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:55 pm

Confusingly, nothing to do with Bromine or Barium...
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:23 pm

al-xg wrote:Confusingly, nothing to do with Bromine or Barium...

Bastards! :D

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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:26 pm

@saefroch,

I'd suspect the browning is simple caramelization, because as ramses noted, pure sugar behaves pretty much the same. Regardless though, I guess you've stomped all over my theory of 'no chemical reactions occuring'. Hmmph! :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:53 pm

Yeah... even just reading that page would have told you chemical reactions occur :roll:. Sucrose melts at 186C, and undergoes caramelization reactions at 160C, "quite readily."
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:58 pm

ramses wrote:*Sidenote: would a nitrated body be even remotely effective as a H.E. ?


Sounds like an amazing movie plot, kidnap someone, amputate a limb, nitrate it and send it back to the original owner rigged to blow :D

*ahem*

Who watched the season finale the other night?


Still haven't seen it, my home PC suffered some form of stroke last week and now believes itself to be an automotive indicator on a vehicle in a small village in Lincolnshire, commanding spectacular views of the Nene valley, and turning itself on and off at around 1-1.5Hz :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:25 am

So i'm probably gonna cook tomorrow afternoon. Does anyone think it would be alright to eat a 50g mix in my carport? I'm surrounded by neighbours and have a direct line of sight to a primary school 50m away so i'm not sure if it would be a good idea.

Perhaps I can convince my friends to come down to the beach with me. If they're nice, they might even let me test the dummy projectile and the sabot from one of my pneumatics as I'm yet to complete that test :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:58 am

I somehow advise against it, since it can have some serious effects, like bringing all the boys to your yard.

The beach would be better.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:05 am

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:now believes itself to be an automotive indicator on a vehicle in a small village in Lincolnshire, commanding spectacular views of the Nene valley

That's a very specific fault.

But it is a serious one. The only place in Lincolnshire I can think of that's on the Nene is Sutton Bridge, but the country's all mostly flat over that way, so your computer will probably need a geography reinstall as well.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:15 am

I remembered where I got this phrase from in the meantime ;)
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Unread postAuthor: warhead052 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:30 am

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:...my home PC suffered some form of stroke last week and now believes itself to be an automotive indicator on a vehicle in a small village in Lincolnshire, commanding spectacular views of the Nene valley, and turning itself on and off at around 1-1.5Hz :roll:


Mine shuts off randomly and turns on randomly as well.

Nice to see that you guys have possibly found a way to locate the miniboy. But to be safe I would add multiple ways to find it, such as the streamer idea.
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