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#31 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:47 pm

Online Calculators for nearly everything imaginable -https://www.calculator.net/
I like them all :mrgreen:

Cider Making Forum (mead, beer, wine, sake):lol: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/foru ... -forum.32/
I have gotten a little lost in that forum after enjoying results of Welches Grape & Cran-Raspberry Juices fermented into wine YUM!
Some have reported getting 13 to 18% alcohol contents.
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#32 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:59 pm

Life Saving Items to keep in your vehicle in case an emergency happens https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather- ... s/70003523
Winter driving and car maintenance
Essential items for Winter driving safety
Other emergency kit items

"A full tank of gas can be a lifesaver in a winter emergency," Grattan said. “Low fuel can leave you without heat if you become stuck, and being low on gas also increases your risk of a frozen fuel line in your car, leaving you stranded,” he said.

I still need tire chains, they're pricey. It is a good list of items for keeping in our vehicles.
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#33 Post by Andy F » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:51 pm

f.lux for PC screens, automatically softens blue light on screens, saving eyes from strain
Easy download, easy to use, go here http://www.download82.com/download/windows/f-lux/
f.lux has been tested by Download82.com team against viruses, spyware, adware, trojan, backdoors and was found to be 100% clean. It is clean, I scanned it on 6 dif scanners.
During the day, PC displays are looking good - they are created to look like the sun. But, at 10PM, 9PM, and 3AM, you perhaps shouldn't be stare at the sun.
f.lux resolves this issue: it makes the color of your PC's display adjust its brightness to the time of day: warm at night and bright during the day.

I was a Beta tester on f.lux.
I thought about making separate thread - PC Free Helpers?
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#34 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:50 pm

Anaerobic Digestion...Excellent article to keep. http://www.city-data.com/knowledge/Anae ... stion.html

I thought about copying entire article here, changed mind, it is 13 pages total :D
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#35 Post by Andy F » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:49 pm

Make SOAP
SoapQueen - What is % of Superfatting? (SQ's an amazing teacher) http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body- ... 1543148251
SOAP Calculator - How to Use Calculator http://soapcalc.net/info/helptext.asp
How to Use SoapCalc - 4 min YT video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_ppyJTMpsg

Soap Calculator: fill in Ingredients, it will calculate how much Lye, Water. Everything must be weighed accurately for best results. A 21 Pound Baker's Scale is the best accuracy. All measurements are in Lbs, OZ, and Grams. If you make a mistake, or wish to start Calculator over, click the RED button lower right of page. You can print out your recipe. http://soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp

Soap Making FORUM, can find many answers and many tried & true Soap Recipes there - https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads ... ial.49627/

For buying some of your odd soap making supplies, best if buy in larger quantity, the ones I've bought from are:
Bramble Berry is good, has Fragrance Calculator: https://www.brambleberry.com/pages/lye-calculator.aspx
Bulk Apothecary https://www.bulkapothecary.com/categori ... plies.html
Both sells premeasured mix of Oils in 5 Gallon tubs. Save & reuse for soap making.

A few NOTES on Soap & Oils etc:
I use the heavy duty Cuisinart Stick Blender. Worth every penny spent.
Log Cheese Slicer is great.
Home made soap melts fast if left in soap tray. Make a small wood rack & use it.
In Winter & cool rooms, may have to put Soap log & smaller molds on a heating pad & cover w towels for soap to "fizzle" correctly. Averages about a week before able to remove soap from molds. Larger molds/logs takes longer.
Coconut Oil (CO)as primary oil is very drying to the skin and hair. Don't do it :mrgreen:
I've never used Fractionated CO. Normally, I buy the brand "Island Fresh" or "Carrington" CO ~54 Oz jars. Both are USDA Organic & Sustainably harvested Oils.
I do NOT like or use "Fragrance" - it is PetroChemical based. (fragrance on cologne labels is that)
I will use Essential Oils (EO). "Sun Essentials" EO brand in 4 oz bottles are good.
EOs smell doesn't last as long on body as Fragrance.
Regular Soap takes about 2-3 months to cure & harden up.
Olive Oil, I buy in gallon size for PURE Extra Virgin Oil Castile Soap. Castile takes a LONG time to cure, up to or more than a year.
Shea Butter is very good skin conditioner oil (sustainably farmed). African Shea is the very best. Not cheap.
Pre-Rendered Animal fats and Lard is said to be very good in soap. I've not used those.
Crisco type vegetable shortening is also a good oil.
Palm Oil is excellent, make sure it is from a Sustainable Farm, it was in short supply.
Castor Oil, in small quantities is good.
Sweet Almond Oil is my favorite oil. Other more expensive oils, like Argan Oil or NEEM Oil is awesome, as is Jojoba Oil.
There are too many oils to list. Those are one's I've used most.
Wax Paper is a good wrapper.

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#36 Post by Andy F » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:24 pm

Normally, rather than copy/paste I'd send others to website, and give link. This list is excellent, I've rarely seen it all in one list. It's a good reference of total food needed, or equivalents; am not much of a meat eater. There is a lot more in the linked article besides this list to check out. I prefer dry beans, but cans are best for times of short term water shortages.
NOTE: He's doing higher fats, and higher carbohydrate foods.


One-Year Purchases for A Family of Four: http://www.askaprepper.com/famine-food-storage-menu/
366 lbs wheat
96 lbs rolled oats
240 lbs rice
240 lbs dry beans
96 lbs refried beans
52 16 oz jars of peanut butter
52 pints of canned meat, ideally something relatively fatty (find out how to pressure-can hamburger meat for long term preservation)
192 lbs white flour
160 lbs granulated sugar
18 quarts oil
8 lbs yeast
8 lbs salt
57 lbs honey
64 lbs powdered milk
72 lbs potato flakes
52 quarts pasta sauce
240 lbs pasta
Spices of your choice
1460 multivitamin doses
6 #10 cans of popcorn
52 pints of jam
160 lbs sprouting seeds (choose your favorite) + jars for sprouting rotation
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#37 Post by Andy F » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:57 am

KCalorie Calculator & Daily Calorie requirements of 2 people. http://www.acaloriecounter.com/

To decide if your annual garden produce can feed a person enough Kcalories to survive.
This is based on only having potatoes as food, there would be variables based on other food sources available. Greens have significantly fewer calories and cannot sustain energy for maintaining life on a long term basis. Greens, of course have other redeeming benefits.
Using 2 figures and a 291 Kcal Russet potato for a general look at calorie requirements and average physical activity. Kcal requirements during winter is generally higher, taking more energy to stay warm.

Woman, needing 2000 Kcalories daily. If only eating potatoes, each Russet potato and skin is ~291 Kc, the woman would need 6.87 potatoes daily to provide energy for life.
Man, figuring a working man needing 3800 Kcalories daily. Russet potato, the man would need 13 potatoes daily for life.

Woman needs 730,000 Kcal of Russet potatoes to feed her for a year, 2,508 potatoes.
Man needs 1,387,000 Kcal of Russet potatoes to feed him for a year. 4,755 potatoes.
Totals for a M & F is 7,263 Russet potatoes annually.

I cannot see myself growing over 7,000 potatoes annually. I'm a Realist & somewhat analytical, these dietary specific needs could be looked at and addressed. Increased Fat intake is a desired energy source and pantry storage is easier and takes up far less room. Fat also burns hotter in a body, needing more fat intake during winter cold weather.

On Body Metabolism of fuel, there are only 2 types,
Fat Burning and Carbohydrate Burning.

In many modern societies, most humans' bodies have lost their "primary" survival metabolism which is Fat Burning, by eating mostly high carbohydrate foods. That was partly caused by the Sugar & Food Industry & profit business plans. The "Fitness Industry" has majority of people fooled by promoting carbohydrates in their diet.

There is a relatively easy way to regain that "most coveted" Fat Burning metabolism. I'd done an extensive review of a Fat vs Carb Metabolic study I'd found several years ago at ResearchGate.
I will hunt down my papers & sources and share basic information soon.
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#38 Post by Andy F » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:06 am

Free Campsites dot net https://freecampsites.net/

Camping is practice for prepping for being in outdoors. It is mostly USA, but there are other country listings.
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#39 Post by Andy F » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:10 pm

Power Outage Map, click on your state. https://poweroutage.us/
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#40 Post by walterceal@yahoo.com » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:47 pm

I saw this list and thought I might share what I have thought to arrange for myself in the hopes that we can spark a really good discussion about different ideas and ways for people in different situations to cope with the new normal....

Home made soap – almost any seed oil will act as a displacement agent. Texture can be changed with various materials such as corn starch or fine sand. I went with stockpiling soap concentrates that need to be thinned out before use. I don’t expect things like soap and laundry detergent to become scarce quickly.

DIY electric power – I chose thermo-electric, using peltier modules, copper plates and a stack of aluminium heat sinks. I will always have something to burn for heat and there will be plenty of cold air and water around to use as a coolant. No moving parts, nothing to replace and not dependent on weather conditions to use.

Water heating – I am just going to put a copper pipe filled with graphene (printer toner) in contact with my draft furnace exhaust pipe and pump the heat energy into a nearby tank of water that is raised above my bathtub and drains using gravity. Water towers still work... (copper conducts heat nicely, graphene conducts heat almost 4 times faster) Also worth noting: heat being conducted through solid metal doesn’t care about gravity the same way as liquid or gas does. This saves on drilling holes and patching leaks later on...

Food dehydrating – The lamps I used for my indoor garden cabinet produce infra-red and plenty of ultraviolet a/b. The lamps kill off bacteria, viruses and insects so in addition to growing food, they can be used as “warm” refrigeration or a means of drying out food in a sterile fashion.

Food storage – after food is dried, some plastic containers will do nicely. My goal to produce fresh food all year round and not stockpile too much of it at all...

Solar Thermal gain – half-pipe mirrors are an excellent way to collect solar energy and concentrate the heat into a thermal mass. Fresnel lenses are also a great way to produce a lot of concentrated heat from sunlight, even enough heat to smelt, forge and cast metals including iron. A half-pipe mirror can be made of out cardboard and aluminium foil if needed and a fresnel lens can be created with clear plastic and enough water to form a half-globe sitting below the surface of the plastic. CAUTION : this is not the same as a magnifying glass.... this is more along the lines of a death-ray level of heat energy....

DIY Toothpaste – plenty of baking soda and salt on hand.... tastes horrible but works well.

Cold and Wet Weather clothing – Clothing comes and goes with time. Survival training in this category is more important than having a specific type of clothing. In order to stay warm, you need to stay C.O.L.D. CLEAN clothing is warmer clothing. Grease, oil (including skin oil) and other forms of soil will affect the article of clothing’s ability to insulate. Avoid OVERHEATING as this produces sweat and skin oils which will quickly reduce insulation. Wear clothing LOOSE and LAYERED to trap air between the layers and to give yourself the option of removing layers or putting them back on as needed. DRY clothes are warmer clothes.... never try to stay in wet clothing in extreme cold.... you are better off naked with an emergency blanket against your bare skin while drying off your gear than to stay wet!

Harvesting seeds for sprouting – I am looking forward to learning more about pollination and collecting seeds. For the time being though, I am just concentrating of producing root crops that can be cut an inch or so below the foliage and replanted for a much faster crop than from seed each time. I have nearly 50 different varieties of heirloom seeds all tucked nicely away in my freezer in mylar bags. Even if my replanted root crops fail, I will still have seed to start over....

Water purification – distillation is the simplest means to get clean water and anyone who has two containers, one that is mildly heated and the other being cooled with a connection between them will be able to produce clean water this way. You can get higher quantities of water with greater heating and cooling levels but I don’t recommend you do this for drinking water. Some chemicals found in our rain and groundwater can evaporate as easily as water at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius.

Sources of fertilizer – I am using potting soil without any fertilizers and plan to use the forest as a source of fresh soil while dumping my scraps and bio-waste to replace what I take. I don’t see much need to build a composting system where I live as I can find high quality soil by simply walking for 5 minutes in any direction I choose.... I may decide later to build a proper composting system after all the rules and regulations go out the window...

Technology – I have archived quite a bit of science and technology, how to videos and material properties guides and have an older smart phone that I keep the battery charged up but not connected to the phone. I made sure all the files I stored on micro sd cards can be read and used by the phone when needed. Bulk micro sd cards are only $15 for the 1TB size cards when you buy 10 or more.... They are small, portable, not sensitive to heat or cold (unless extreme) and as long as they are not connected to anything, they lack enough metallic surface area or wire length to be affected by even the largest scale EMP event which makes them a great candidate for permanent storage.

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