Tuesday, October 28, 2014
We have been burning mostly small round logs in the non-electric wood stoves that were installed this year. The furnace hasn't run any so far which saves on electric.
Anyway I decided to lacto ferment them and found a couple people on the internet with directions which included putting grape leaves in the bottom (could have used oak or blackberry) to add tannin so that the pickled peppers would be crisp. I also added some garlic and pickling spices just because it seems to smell good to me.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
at the library so I took a few photos. They don't get to practice much but actually sounded better than they used to, mainly because they don't have a drum any more.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
the big festival at work so I have been working full time so no time to do much at home these days.
Some of us were able to go to a show at the Harvester in town last night. I took a buddy who is a musician, since Debbie had to go to choir practice and he was amazed at how he would play guitar and harmonica at the same time and dance out the beat. This link shows him playing the harmonica and the bones but he spent most of the time playing guitar in the style of the 20's and 30's. Dom is excellent! Despite what the guy said, the first band sucked. Our boss said that Dom has been to our archives to do research on the original guys who played the bones and that style of music.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I split about a load of wood over on the hillside in the mud and rain yesterday as I need to get something going now that I am starting to burn wood. It is a big worry this year because of rain and lack of time. What wood that I have cut is damp as it has rained so much this year but I have been able to burn it so far.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Not many photos today, too busy and too wet outside when I got home.
Monday, October 6, 2014
porter today. Here the grain is being mashed in.
This doesn't smell anything like beer at this point but instead more like a toasty hot breakfast cereal.
I left before the liquid was transferred back to the original tank after it was cleaned and washed with a "green" sanitizer so no stray yeast were present. At that point the yeast gets added and it takes about a week to ferment into beer.
The beer smell is present after the hops were added.
It cooled down again Sunday night so I built fires in the wood stoves to take the chill off.