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Mass. Highway Sanding???

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by DeereFarmer, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I was wondering if anyone around here notcied that they were using something different on the Mass. highways like Route 2? It looked like they were using more of a molasses mixture. I know they use that stuff in Maine, but I have never seen it used down here. Just thought it was an interesting question!!:redbounce
  2. dunedog

    dunedog Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I believe that is called IBM (Ice Ban Magic). It is a commercial brewing byproduct that is still in experimental use I think.
  3. Sparky925

    Sparky925 Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 33

    What part of Rte 2 is it it goes from the Boston area to North Adams. Is this in a low salt are of Rte 2 ? I know that they have a few of them.
    Salt can be many different colors I have seen brown,gray,pink,blue, white, bright white (solar) colored salt.
  4. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Its the waste byproduct of beer brewing. like a brownish liquid, but doesnt freeze, and does wonders on ice. They are also using it in some city applications. Ive seen it in the lowell, and danvers areas

    BOMBER Member
    Messages: 33

    Holy Cow, sounds like brew wash aka sodium hydroxide, if you thought salt was corrosive, this stuff makes salt look like skin cream!
    Sodium hydroxide is a concentrate derived from sea water through an electrolysis process. :dizzy:
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Yeah, I think that might have been what is was. It was in the Leominster/ Fitchburg area. I don't know, I might been seeing things. I know that they do use stuff like that up in Maine!
  7. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I hope it's NOT sodium Hydroxide- that is sold as Draino under some brands! Draino itself is Potassium Hydroxide just to give some idea of the corrosiveness!
  8. dunedog

    dunedog Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Taken from the "Campus Cronicle" at UMASS Amherst..........."We will continue to experiment with an innovative, environmentally safe de-icing agent called Ice Ban Magic (now called Ice B'Gone). The main ingredient in Ice B'Gone is Ice Ban, a byproduct of distilling plants in the Midwest, which manufacture beer, other alcoholic beverages, and ethanol. It consists mainly of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and sugar, and is also used as a cattle feed substitute that looks and smells like molasses. Ice B'Gone, the product UMass Amherst is using, is a mixture of Ice Ban and magnesium chloride."
  9. Flask

    Flask Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Wasting beer is alcohol abuse!!!!
  10. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    looks like it does the trick, but man does it make a mess on my silver paint :\, but does wash away easy when it rains
  11. SNHSERV05

    SNHSERV05 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    route 2 de-icer

    it is the brine from the brewery, alot comes from the bud plant, and it works, especially when mixed with salt....................tewksbury,lowell,danvers,fitchburg,some nh hi-ways on experiment with it,
  12. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I have the same problem. My silver truck is brown by the time I get home. I drive about 50 miles a day on Route 2, so it adds up. Looks to do the job very well. Hey, if it less corrosive than I do not mind spraying my truck down!
  13. cincy snowdog

    cincy snowdog Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Flask------ Get up off the ground your not going to get a buzz from licking the ground ,only gwt ran over. lol
  14. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    magic is less corrosive than distilled water
    it also lowers the working temperature of salt to well below zero (where straight salt cuts out @ 15*)