Everyone likes a flowchart… I think.
This is one that I came up with as a quick reference when we first considered going all-grain. It’s not really the method we use, since brewing in a bag is much easier, especially on a small scale. There are a lot of steps on this chart, but we skip about 1/3 of them. If you’re brewing from a kit, you’ll skip about half of them.
This book piqued my curiosity about Planting by the Signs. (This is Foxfire Book #1, by the way. Published in 1972. My copy is the 27th printing.)
The chapter on Planting by the Signs opens with the Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, which Pete Seeger adapted and The Byrds recorded, resulting in one of the most recognizable songs of the ‘60s. The actual words from the verse are: “…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” [Turn, turn, turn. This song was recorded long before David Crosby started fretting about almost cutting his hair, of course.]
A lot of people find the notion of planting by the signs to be complete hogwash, if they’ve even heard of it (including the other person who writes on this blog). I have an affinity for things that connect human beings to the land, old ways and folklore. So I’m not willing to call it hogwash until I try it. [Read More…]
Putting together your brewing kit can be as expensive as you’d like it to be, but if you keep it simple, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Saving money on some of the items you’ll use may be made up in time, though.
With the exception of a few items, most of this can probably be found in your kitchen. The rest of the items can be bought or made.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), as we know, is a methodical, sometimes prepaid way to buy local food grown by a local farmer. Click here for Lou’s “Thoughts on CSA” post for the hows and the whys of a CSA. Lou got a lot of produce, and sometimes could buy eggs from his CSA.
My California cousin told me about Community Support Fishery (Thanks, Jennifer!). I hadn’t heard of this. She shared this link with me: www.localcatch.org. Click here to go to its “About” page, and look around at some of the participating CSFs. Most of the logos click through to a website. [Read More…]