Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pumpkin Cider #3 Bottling


The pumpkin cider is now bottled and came out tasting great. With 7.75% ABV, this is a real winter warmer. My latest photos show the progression of the removal of pumpkin from the liquid. There was about 3/4 gal of pumpkin slurry that was removed following the initial fermentation.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Grapefruit Sapling Timelapse: Seed to First Fruit

With the success of my brother's container garden timelapse post, I figured I'd share my success growing my first grapefruit from seed.
It started with a bunch of seeds that were already germinating inside some fruit I bought.  I planted one in this cup of dirt and tried the rest hydroponically since I didn't have any other dirt at the time.  None of the hydroponic ones ever grew.
11/5/2015
Due to space constraints, I planted the lone grapefruit sapling with a pineapple. One the top are rose petals for ground cover.
6/6/2016

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2017 Fall/Winter Container Garden Timelapse

The tomato plants I brought with me from my former residence were dying off. After removing them from the container, I wanted to plant something new in there. After seeing how prolific the Chard and kale plants were in my old garden, I threw some seeds in there. Red Russian Kale and Bright Lights Swiss Chard should be able to establish themselves quick enough to make it before winter time.

Germination -- September 22

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bicycle Camping 2 - Guajome Park, Oceanside CA

Bicycle Camping 1 - O'Neill Park

It was time once again to hit the road for an overnight trip.  This time, the destination was Guajome Park in Oceanside, conveniently located along the San Luis Rey river trail and situated about half way between the beach and Fallbrook.  The ride from north Orange County was around 70 miles. Along the way we ran into many wonderful things, some of which I actually got pictures of, enjoy!

We begin with a picture of my bike loaded up with the new equipment.  And by that, I mean a new camping mat that's about 6 times thicker than the yoga mat I tried sleeping on last time.  This one I bought from an army surplus store (also in Oceanside), I paid good money for it, ~$17, but I think it will be a worthwhile investment.  Especially for that cross country bike trip I got planned later on. oops, spoiler alert!
This picture was actually taken right after my super scrap alchemy find of a free foundry sand sieve on the side of the road. That was part of this trip as well.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pumpkin Cider Batch #3


My supply of homebrew started running low. Since I did not want to attempt a full brew day in my new place, I opted to make an old holiday favorite... Pumpkin Cider! I used the same recipe from my first batch. Also using a different stove.