Uncle Bubble's UltraBubble Concentrate (UBC) is a commercial bubble concentrate that seems to have first appeared on the U.S. market in 2013. It makes a versatile bubble juice that can be used for everything from small bubbles/bubble sculpture to KIB to giant bubbles. It has received glowing reviews on SBF, the Soap Bubble Fanciers Yahoo Group including this positive mention by Tom Noddy, one of the world's great bubble performers.
UBC is a bubble concentrate to which you add water. The recommended concentrate is 9:1. One 12.8oz bottle of solution makes 1 gallon (128 fluid ounces) of bubble juic.
The bubble juice has received excellent reviews on SBF by people using it for both small bubbles and giant bubbles.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Uncle Bubble UltraBubble Concentrate seems to be a different formulation from some of the other Uncle Bubble bubble juice that you might encounter (such as the juice that comes with some of their bubble makers).
2016. Keith Johnson notes: Numerous professional bubble performers use Ultra Bubble Concentrate as their indoor bubble show solution -- for everything from sculpture work to KIB. These performers include Tom Noddy, Keith Johnson, Cirque du Soleil (LOVE show in Las Vegas), Su Chung Tai (whose work bacn be seen in this video) and others who prefer to remain anonymous.
2018. Keith Johnson notes: The use of this solution has continued to grow amongst bubble performers that perform indoors. For the past several years, the lowest online price has been at www.partysuppliesdelivered.com. Note: for some reason they call it "12OZ UNBELIEVABLE BUBBLE CONCENTRATE REFILL" but the product is actually 12.8 ounce bottles of Uncle Bubble UltraBubble Concentrate)
DilutionEditStandard Dilution. 9 parts water per 1 part concentrate is recommended by the manufacturer. The resulting film has a film thickness (evidenced by its color profile) similar to what one gets with a pH-adjusted (range: 7.2-7.8) Dawn Pro solution somewhere in the range of 16:1 to 18:1. When diluted with tap water whose pH was 9.1, the resulting solution had a pH of 7.9/8.0.
Dilution Exploration Notes: Based on the color profile of UB when diluted 9:1, I decided to try it diluted at 11:1. I was surprised to find that the film became only slightly thicker without losing much bubble friendliness. This made me realize that the dilution could be pushed quite a bit more. At 14-to-1 the film became noticeably thicker (somewhere along the lines of Dawn Pro at 20-to-1) but the solution became a bit less bubble friendly and some size potential was lost. The addition of a little additional PEO (via a little BLM) improved the friendliness quite a bit. It makes me think that further exploration would be in order. Let us know, if you try it out. This dilution should have improved longevity in dry conditions. A little pH-adjustment might be beneficial but hasn't been tested. See the Color Studies below.
Diluted at 9:1, the first to the last bubbles of a multi-bubble tri-string dip have some color. One does not see the nearly transparent bubbles at the end of a multi-bubble dip that some solutions show when the dilution is near the Critical Dilution
Uncle Bubble Ultra Concentrate creates bubbles with ghostless pops very similar to those created by Charmy Dish Detergent (Japanese dishwashing liquid)
Color Studies Edit
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