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by Farside
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Eye on Events
Topic: winter storm crop failure
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: winter storm crop failure

I've been reading a lot of the comments in the financial forums and news channels about this stuff. The overwhelming sense I get is that they are completely out of touch. The trade war with China, and farmers just being whining farmers is the majority consensus. "How can farmers be hurting when whea...
by Farside
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Cider Time!
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Cider Time!

Here is a photo of the fermenting apple juice: fermenting.jpg The 5 gallon demijohn in the foreground contains juice from red skinned apples which is why it looks pink. Over time this will fade completely. The 12 gallon demijohn in the background is full to the brim with apple wine. I also have a 5 ...
by Farside
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Cider Time!
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Cider Time!

This is my press: pressing.jpg I made the press out of pellet wood, and I bought the cheapest bottle jack I could find on sale. Because the apples are already pulped, the press doesn't need to apply that much pressure, and the majority of the juice I get by hand squeezing the cheeses before placing ...
by Farside
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Cider Time!
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Cider Time!

So this is my grinding setup: grinding.jpg I picked up the coffee table from a second hand store, cut a hole in the top, and mounted a garbage disposal unit I got from a building materials reclamation store in the hole.I then wired in a switch and some plugs to I can remove the disposal unit when it...
by Farside
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Icebreakers
Topic: Hello from Alberta Canada
Replies: 2
Views: 2242

Re: Hello from Alberta Canada

Welcome! Alberta eh? Did you know the Navajo and the Apache originated in Alberta, but migrated South during the Wolf Minimum of 1280-1350 because it became too damn cold? Meanwhile the area of Arizona (where the Navajo and Apache eventually settled) got tipped from a fertile land with 24 inches of ...
by Farside
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Energy
Topic: Batteries
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: Batteries

Cheap source of these units refurbished here: https://www.evwest.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=486& <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/779yJ-cWcMk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscr...
by Farside
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: NEW GSM Plant Hardiness Growing Zones?
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: NEW GSM Plant Hardiness Growing Zones?

I live on the Northern tip of lake Superior and it is a zone 3. However I've noticed that when this polar oscillation brings arctic cold and snow to the US, we get warm wet weather up from the gulf of Mexico. I'm starting to wonder if the GSM will actually bring beneficial growing conditions to my a...
by Farside
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: What did you do to prepare today?
Replies: 665
Views: 48476

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Today I am mashing malt I made from feed barley this summer. I will ferment the sweet liquid and turn it into whiskey.

While the enzymes do their work I will be preparing the garden beds for winter.
by Farside
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: What did you do to prepare today?
Replies: 665
Views: 48476

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

I spent the day planting garlic and preparing the beds for winter. A good sign for when to plant garlic in the fall up here is when the first frost comes. I plant the cloves 6 inches apart and 3 inches deep in holes I make with my thumb. I then fill the hole with compost. The bed prep involved addin...
by Farside
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 49
Views: 3322

Re: How does your garden grow?

So I wish I knew this before I started my potato experiment: Potatoes need cool soil. And growing them in garbage bags above ground results in warm soil that will often reduce yields significantly. The most productive method of growing potatoes is still in the ground and mounding them in the traditi...