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For quite a while now, I’ve been suffering through something I might call abstraction angst. It’s hard to describe to those who haven’t experienced it, ...
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Went hiking in a new place this morning.
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Behold the Lord's bounty! I'm getting close to my goal of 40 lbs harvested.
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+Matt Spaanem that would be great! thanks
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Bit of a crazy end to the week. I got let go from my job due to lack of work coming in; nothing that I did wrong. That was rather unexpected. On the plus side, I'll have some extra time to spend with the family and getting some stuff done around the house while looking for my next source of income.
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Time to start the brewery. 
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This ridiculously huge squash came out of our new garden bed.
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My.daughter just declared, "I am pants!" and then curled up on the couch. I think it's just a ruse to get out of folding laundry.
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So, I've got some sauces meant specificly for slow cooking meat in, and a smoker is basically a slow cooker with smoke... So I'm thinking I could braise (or not) some meat, place it in a shallow dish, coat it in the sauce and cook it in the smoker (with smoke), maybe flipping it over half way through. Thoughts?
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My thought? Let me know when it's ready. ;-)
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Since +Chaka Hamilton wanted to know about the process of making blackberry wine from fruit, here are some pictures from last year's batch. And a description of the process:

Basically, dump all the fruit into your fermenting bucket and mash them up really well. I typically freeze the fruit first, this makes mashing up very easy once they thaw.

Then top up with water to the desired volume, I filled to 7 gallons to end up with about 6 gallons of finished wine.

Take a gravity reading at this point to determine how much sugar you should add to get to your desired starting gravity. Mine is usually in the 1.080-1.090 range. Also add a bit of yeast nutrient and campden/sulfite now if you want.

Add the yeast (or wait a day if you added campden/sulfite). I've been using D47 a lot, but this year I'm going to try either BM4x4 or R56. Rehydrate the yeast in warmish water before pitching, then stir it in.

Open the fermentor and stir it 1-2 times a day for the first week, the CO2 will push all of the fruit pulp up into a big cap in top of the liquid, you want to stir this back in to prevent mold from growing on top and also add some oxygen that the yeast needs to reproduce.

After a week, strain all the solids out and press them. I have a small fruit press that works pretty well, but you can make do with a mesh bag and your sanitized hands. Take a gravity reading at this point it'll probably be between 1.010 and 1.000

After pressing, rack the wine to a carboy and affix an airlock. After a month or two the ferment is likely done and the yeast has settled out. Rack off the lees into another carboy. Tuck the carboy away somewhere and ignore it for a year other than occasionally checking to make sure the airlock hasn't dried out.

After a year taste a sample, if it tastes good, you can bottle it. If you want to sweeten the wine you can add sorbate and sugar to taste and reaffix the airlock and wait a week or so to make sure that the sorbate worked and fermentation has not resumed, then you can bottle it.
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+Chaka Hamilton​ last year I used 5-6 lbs per gallon.

+Tim Sheets​ if you sweeten it you don't have to.
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My custom bottle caps showed up! These will look pretty nice on this year's Christmas beer.
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I have to brew the beer first +Mark Rife​ ;)
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Anne has said I should try making some Walla Walla Onion wine. I found a few recipes for onion wine but none of them really appeal to me much. I'm not sure what the point of the potato is in the first recipe here. The second one seems slightly more reasonable (assuming onion wine is a reasonable thing to be making).
How to make homemade wine from sweet Vidalia onions.
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+Dan Saunders not really much fermentable sugar, you just add table sugar.
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Lemon ginger kraut; I sort of improvised the recipe, but I think it's gonna be real good.
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This turned out amazing!
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Front End Developer
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HTML, CSS, SASS, BEM
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  • Rocket Media
    Web Developer, 2011 - present
  • Nelson Schmidt/ec-connection
    Interactive Designer, 2010
  • Boelter+Lincoln
  • Panda Communications
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Washougal, WA
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Milwaukee, WI - West Lafayette, IN - Manitowoc, WI - Randolph, NJ - Windsor, WI
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I like rice.
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I work as a web designer and front end developer to pay for my hobbies of wine and beer making and other misc fermentation experiments, gardening, DIY home projects, misc technology stuff, and misc nerdery.

Also: Father, Husband, Christian, Libertarian/Voluntaryist, Connoisseur of electronic music. 
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I make awesome beer.
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    Communication Design
  • Purdue
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