Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to Make Rootbeer

First let me say that I do have an affinity for slightly dangerous things and although this does not look dangerous, it can be if you forget about it.  To carbonate your rootbeer in this method you will be using live yeast and they will continue to produce carbon dioxide as long as you let them  This will make your container explode if you let it sit too long.  Darn that electronegetive force of chemical bonds and the way it accumulates in chemical reactions!!

Here is the ingredient list.  I don't measure any more, but you can use your mouth, tongue, and olfactury bulb to taste to make sure it's good.  (isn't that what they were made for anyway?  I think it's good to learn to use them)

spices (see pic below)
Yeast ( I am using active dry yeast)

So here are my spices.  From left to right Iv'e got sasparilla, sasafrass, cinnimon, licorice root, star anise, and sliced ginger in the middle.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Organic Pest control

Hey everyone.  For my first blog I would like to talk about some of the organic pesticides that I use in my gardens.  I like to keep things bee friendly. But I want something that really works right?  I am personally not a fan of hippie sunblock or bug-spray if you know what I mean.  I put on the deet damn it, and I love that spray on sunblock.  The following stuff to my experience has worked for me.  I am definitely not going to put chemicals on stuff that I feed to Bear and Scout (my two kids).

So first of is Bt.  There are several strains of this bacteria and they kick a moth's butt and are not toxic to humans.  Once I had this tomato horn worm that I was growing fat because I was going to try to eat it.  Bear and some of his friends put it in a cage and I was feeding it non Bt tomatoes.  Well Gretchen decided that a partially sprayed couple leafs wouldn't hurt, but the next day that dude was dead.  I had one of those kids back over last week and he was like where's that horn worm in the cage? 

Here's a moth larva on my asparagus!