What Effect Does Mixing Beet Juice w/Brine Have?

Question from Chris:

You’re right about a picture is worth a thousand words. What is the product concentration of the beat juice when mixed with brine and what would the re-freeze curve be compared with boost?

Hi Chris, Great question! The Pacific Northwest Snowfighters (PNS) Show in the PNS Experimental Category – Approved Liquid Corrosion Inhibited Products, That Beet Juice (GeoMelt S) mixed at the recommended rate of 25% to a 23% sodium chloride brine, would in effect, dilute the effective percentage of brine to 15%. At the 15%, it is only effective to 22 degrees when you follow the accepted phase diagrams for salt brine. Untreated rock salt works to 6 degrees. I would advise anyone looking to mix Beet Juice with their brine to review the PNS Qualified Products List. You will find that the Beet Juice Product is only listed in the Experimental Category. This does not mean they will automatically be placed in the QPL. There is also a note explaining the dilution factor. BOOST* has been on the QPL for more then six years, with an Freeze Point Depression rating of -60 F. The PNS group is noted as being the Better Business Bureau of Liquid DeIcers, check out their website at the link above.

I hope this answers your question. Thanks again for reading the Blog. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

DeIceManDave.

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About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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