Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here's the recipe I used and the procedure.
D-Town Mead #1 (5-6 gal)
7 lb local honey (from Honeytown) $23
32 oz Knutsens "Just Black Cherry" organic cherry juice $4
1 lb local currants (run through juicer) $6
.5 oz yeast nutrient $1
1 pkt Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne yeast $1
H20 from R-O tap.
I boiled the honey in 1.5 gal of H2O for 15 minutes, skimming all the albumen that floats to the top. I then let it cool to 190deg and poured in the cherry juice and currant juice and let it steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I had filled the primary fermenter bucket with 4.5gal of H2O, and added 6 trays of ice to chill it. Also, I had added the yeast to a pint of 110deg H20 with a dusting of yeast nutrient in it before the boil to get it going. After steeping the fruit juice (there was approximatly 3oz of fruit matter from the currants that I let go in to the primary) I poured the whole batch aggressivly into the primary fermenter to areate. It immediatly settled to a temp below 80deg, so I tossed in the yeast and 1/2oz of yeast nutrient, gave it a stir, and sealed it up. I checcked this morning, and fermentation is apparent with a good inch of honey colored foam on top of the mead. I'll rack in 10 days to a secondary ferment tank (6 gal glass carboy) and then forget about it for a while. I will likely only get 5gal of good mead from the primary. Depending on taste (percieved thinness) I may add 1/2 to 1 gallon of agua to the secondary when I rack to make a full 6gal. Based on experience, the secondary can take so long that evaporation can occur here in the high, dry air of Southern Colorado. Stay tuned.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This dude is asking $1500 for this *piece*. I'm more of a Honcho kind of guy, but I'd be in to this BEASTif it weren't for this line in the add: "needs a full day to get brakes released and engine running". Lance's time is precious dude! Fix your own crap, then call you call me, 'cause that's how I roll!
Friday, July 18, 2008
It's up for grab's out a Harper's Repair here in D-Town. I'd take it off this dude's hands pronto, but I don't have the $2500 bones he's lookin' for. Screamin' deal on such a classic too!! Too bad my Honcho went tis up on me last time I had her out in the desert. Gotta drop a new tranny in that girl and get her back in business.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The people that took this picture thought we didn't know what we were doing. HA! they turned back in the wind that day and we cruised down the lake in style. Actually, the winds were pretty strong and the white-caps were a little much. Aye~!
We were fresh out of "Bottle Bass" (no glass or cans in the wilderness), so I went to the lake, and caught some traditional Big Mouth. The next day we probably hooked 30 of them in 3 hours. Best fishing of my life.
Our canoe, the "Horny Toad", on Polaris Lake.
Cruising on a rainy day.
Despite the rain, I set a sweet fire of Cedar wood with help from my Axe and Saw. This was the buggiest day of the trip. The mosquito's were Alaska-Bad. This is also right after we came over the hateful "Knife Portage". This bastard was a half-mile of bugs, rocks, mud, blown-down trees, and brush. No one uses it, opting for the multiple short hops of the Grande Knife Portage instead. We pretty much bushwacked to get through it.
The only upshot to the Knife Portage was that we were upstream of Carp Lake in Knife lake, and could shoot most of the rapids that the Grande Knife Portgages go around. Instead of 5, we only had to get out of the boat twice (Waterfalls).
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Check it out!! Peter Rowan Electric! I thought his set ruled! In 13 years of seeing him perform, this is the first time I have seen him with an electric axe. It kicked ass!
Here's the Emmit Nershi Band Rockin' and ROLLIN' through a *SWEET* cover of Bobby Dylan's, "Tangled up in Blue". It was extra good as Dylan himself played this song on this same stage last fall, and it kind of sucked (though the rest of his newer stuff rocked!). It was great to hear it shine in the sunshine!
The Yonder Mountain String Band tore the place up with their early set on Saturday!! This band is serious fun to go and see, and the lit up This years festival like a fireworks on the 4th. Yee-Haaaaww!!!
Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder threw it down on Friday night! They mostly rocked the songs off of thier album from last year, but Ricky also *killed* with the best version of Bruce's "Way it is" I have ever heard. Platinum voice.
Friday, July 11, 2008
From the AP this morning... I'm cancelling my reservations. Why go to China if you can't eat some dog!?!
Dog meat off the menu during Beijing Olympics.
BEIJING - Canine cuisine is being sent to the doghouse during next month's Beijing Olympic Games.
Dog meat has been struck from the menus of officially designated Olympic restaurants, and Beijing tourism officials are telling other outlets to discourage consumers from ordering dishes made from dogs, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.
Waiters and waitresses should "patiently" suggest other options to diners who order dog, it said, quoting city tourism bureau Vice Director Xiong Yumei.
Dog, known in Chinese as "xiangrou," or "fragrant meat," is eaten by some Chinese for its purported health-giving qualities.
Beijing isn't the first Olympic host to slap a ban on the dish. South Korea banned dog meat during the 1988 Seoul Olympics by invoking a law prohibiting the sale of "foods deemed unsightly." After the Olympics, the ban was not strictly enforced.