Friday, December 22, 2017

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Machinists

If you have a friend that's a machinist, and don't want to ask them what they want for the holidays because they'd say something that's several thousand dollars, there are several lower cost alternatives that would still show that you care.  Many consumables used regularly in the shop are always handy and would certainly be a welcome gift:

#5 - Lava Soap
They say machinists wash their hands before and after using the bathroom, or in my case, before only... (they're gonna get dirty again anyways).  Make sure to get the one with the red packaging since it is more abrasive and cleans better than the green packaged one (both soap bars are green and look nearly identical).  Funny that "lava" means "wash" in Spanish, yet the name comes from the volcanic pumice powder in the soap.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rye Stout Batch #4

Prior to taking a vacation, I decided it was a good idea to get a batch into my fermenters. That way, I could bottle it the day I return. Convenient timing!

What better recipe to follow up on pumpkin cider with than Rye Stout? Using the same recipe as before, I set out to buy some grain.

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.