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Wow....with these hotter than heck days we've been having, I barely have enough time to grind bait and let it sit for a day while I'm at work. I get home and it's tainted to my liking, like NOW. Being that soduim benzoate takes a day or two to stop the deterioration....is there any way to accelerate the preserving? maybe doubling the amount of SB?
 

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Mallard: When one adds the sodium benzoate it stops the tainting process but it still takes a few days for the gasses built up from the tainting process to dissipate. This leads one to think that the product is still tainting but it isn't. Ace
 

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Remember tainting is a microbiological process...think multiple and simultaneous fermentations. Microbial growth is temperature dependant. If you were to add your sodium benzoate, already dissolved in a small volume of water, stir well and rapidly cool the mixture you will stop things about as fast as possible. I have placed my buckets in a refrigerator immediately after adding the benzoate.
Sodium benzoate is a growth inhibitor not a metabolic poison. As such it must reach inhibitory concentrations in each bacterium before the “taint” is completely inhibited. These types of inhibitors tend to have a much more shallow inhibition curve than say penicillin, rotenone, cyanide or other nonreversible inhibitors.
 

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Hey guys,
As long as you are closely on the subject, I've been interested for quite some time on how to make bait/lure. I've bought at least ten times my weight in this stuff and would like to learn the basics, etc. Any books or such to get me started. I'm not by any means complaining about buying bait, I like to try new things. I just am plain interested in this home version of Alchemy. Thanks!
 

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Keep your eye on ebay, every so often there will be books on lure and bait formulation. Ron Evans might be able to help you as well. He does a lot of selling and such and is a nice guy to business with. I picked mine up on trapperman and have about worn the pages out reading and rereading the recipes. I also like to make my own bait and lure. Keeps the wife off my back about buying to much lure and bait. Of course I still buy from the professional lure makers, only not so the wife will notice. Worm
 
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