The Amber lager turned out very good even better than the Dark lager. A little lighter and less heavy than the Ales and it looks to be a good Summer beer. Bottling a wheat beer that I tried a new hops in the recipe and used my Hydrometer to check my progress on fermentation, it looks good and using the different hops I think is going to give it a more citrus overtone/flavor which I like in a wheat beer. This brewing beer thing is turning out to be a great way to bring the neighborhood together. We have a neighbor who is just starting out but is excited about making his own beer. I’m gathering info for starting our own beer club and perhaps we will enter some competitions as we get better at brewing.
I got to show off my little solar oven and hopefully this week I’ll get a sunny day for a test. It was awfully hazy during the morning hours and finally burned off about 2:00 pm. To late for a good test, but I’m ready to test the water boiling/pasteurization parts of the oven. I’ll see how that goes then go for beans and rice to give me and idea how to cook with it. This solar oven will really come into it’s own after we get into spring and summer. I saw a great cookbook for crock pot recipes at the 2nd hand bookstore I think I’ll get. It should give me some great recipes to modify for the solar oven.
I want to go buy that little wood stove so bad I can almost taste it but, I think I need to hold off for a little bit and see how things shake out with Iran and EU economies and the war drums that the PTBs keep pounding on. Best to build up my little cash buffer again and be ready to bounce no matter what they decide to do. I’ll start buying the cement board, floor protection at first and start getting that in place as that can be bought in sections and is low priced and I will need it no matter what stove I end up buying. I can get the equivalent of 10 cords of wood in delivered “mill ends” for $350.00 and I have a great spot for the wood I need to cleanup. I know it’s kind of odd get the wood before you get the stove but by November I want everything in place anyway, so it’s however I can get it done. If I don’t get the stove the wood won’t rot and I’ll have a good barter item.
I found a little rolling cart that I think will work as my portable solar generator. I’ve been looking for something that I can put the batteries and inverter in that will protect it from the weather as well as be easy for me to move around. Batteries get heavy fast! and this will give me the option of using it with the house or the RV. I’m thinking of adding a few more 20 watt panels to get up to 100 watts total that should get the RV off the grid via DC power if I’ve done my figures correctly and have sunny days.
Last but not least the beast of a TV my niece left me finally died. My neighbors moved it out to the garage and I hope my Dad will haul it away. So I spent the day moving my TV’s around and hooking everything back up again. I don’t know if it’s just me or because I work on computers but I also seem to collect other electronics as well PC parts. So I’m still an average American with 2 TVs. I may look for a LCD/digital TV later this year, but I can’t justify buying one just because they are in the store! I have a few odds and ends plus the wood stove to get done this year and a TV of any sort is just not a priority.