Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Brewing Mead

I love MEAD!

About 4 years ago, I started to brew and it was such a great and exciting experience.  The hardest part is to wait for it.

Once you take your first sip, it makes it all worth the wait.

I'm just going to give you an overview and in a later post, I'll do a more detailed instruction on how to make mead.

Just the a brief overview:

Okay, You start off with 1 Gal or bigger Carboy. You need an airlock, some tubing, a racking pin and a thermometer. One step sanitizer or any other sanitizer It's usually expensive the first time around only because you have to buy the mead making supplies but if you keep on doing it, it's cheap after that.

You need about 5lbs of Honey per gallon of water. So if you have 3 gal Jar, you need to 15lbs of honey. You also need yeast. I use a champagne yeast but it really doesn't matter. You can get everything you need at a brew shop but I find buying honey from beekeepers or farmers are cheaper.

You activate the yeast in room temp. water Boil your water and once it's boiled, add the honey and warm it up (keep in mind that you don't want to cook it too long)

Use your thermometer to check the temp. *google what temp to boil it to* Once the honey mixture starts to boil, take it off the burner and let it cool to room temp *It NEEDS to be room temp so you don't kill the yeast Once it's room temp, pitch your mead. You'll want to sanitize everything, all the surfaces of your equip. You attached the racking pin and the hose and you siphon the mead or just pour it into the carboy. Then put the airlock on the carboy (fill the airlock with alcohol). The airlock will keep the air out but will let the gasses escape without contamination. It's important to keep your mead airtight so make sure that the airlock always has water or alcohol.

It's done and you just need to keep it in dark dry space (I put my in the back of my closet and forget it)

I usually forget about it for a year but this last batch I just racked was forgotten for 3 years and it wasn't that bad.

Once I unpack my mead notebook, I'll make a post of everything I did for my first batch.

Don't forget, you can get creative too by adding fruits or herbs to give your mead a certain flavor.

My only rule is K.I.S.S.:

Keep it simple, Stupid!

when you start adding all these other things into your mead, it can get complicated and overwhelming easily.

I'll leave you with this video of a really simple recipe but still a very unique mead:


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good Physics is NOT why I watch good movies and shows...

So, I watch many things with my husband but we have varying tastes in shows and movies.

Now, if you know me, you know it doesn't take much to amuse me and enjoy a show.

See the clip below.  It tickles me funny and I'm perfectly happy with this:

or this:


Especially this:



The selling point for my husband to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

Good Physics.

That's right.  You heard me.  

Good. Physics.


Spoiler if you haven't seen the 1st episode

At 24 seconds when Ed does alchemy, my husband exclaims, 'That's good Physics!'

WTF!

REALLY?! Who the fuck watches a cartoon and compares it to physics?!

Him, obviously but he was thoroughly impressed by how they animated the 'Law of Conservation of Mass' - Matter is neither created or destroyed.

If you watch that clip, Ed pulls metal from the ground to make a sword but as the sword is being created, the ground is disappearing as it is being used to create another object.  Hence, aptly applying the Law of Conservation of Mass.

Go figure.

Another good example was watching Battlestar Galactica
 Viper clips

At 45 seconds, the vipers are all docked in different directions.
In the first episode, you even see them land upside down on the Battlestar.

My husband was blown away by that.

...when the vipers start shooting into space and you see a smoke trail...

"Bad PHYSICS!  There is no oxygen so there wouldn't be a trail!"

I felt like Sokka...just like in this clip


I can go on and on about his physics references and other 'sciencey' things he would compare shows to.

...that is unless it's mindless fun like Archer, Bob's Burgers, the Venture Brothers etc.

Apparently, some shows are above being 'scienced'.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 Element Acupunture

5 Element Acupuncture is as the name implies, utilizes the 5 elements.

I'm not sure what I think about this style of acupuncture because it can sound hokey - granted many of you would think that about acupuncture in general but to each their own.

I obviously believe it works because I'm otherwise wasting my time spending 3-4 years studying this type of medicine and raking up a 100K debt for it (lots not go into how much money I'm actually investing in this field)

There's lot of potential and I've found a job that I love.

Finding a job you love is in itself worth the debt I'm accruing (...Remind me I said that when I get my first payback bill from Sally Mae)

Anyhoo, if you're really interested I can go into it some of the basic theory of acupuncture but I'm going to talk about 5 Elements.

So with the 12 primary channels (there are more channels but not for today's lesson!), the starting or ending points from fingertips to elbows or toes to knees have 5 elemental points.



Above is the example of the Lung Channel

This channel has 11 points but of the 11 are 5 elemental points: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

5 points between the thumb and the elbow correspond to those elemental points and have certain energetic for treating different ailments around the body.

The elemental points are 11, 10, 9, 8, 5

11 is the Jing Well or the Wood Point
10 is the Ying Spring or the Fire Point
9 is the Shu Stream or the Earth point
8 is the Jing River or the Metal point
5 is the He Sea Point or the Water point

They also use the Luo and Xi Cleft Points too.

Lung 6 is the Xi Cleft and Lung 7 is the Luo Point.

There are also points not on the Lung channel that has energetics for the Lung.

Bladder 13 is the Lung Back Shu and in this case, Lung 1 (on the Lung Channel) is the Front Mu for the Lung.

Now, 5 Elements, if I'm not mistaken says, don't worry about the other 6 points on the channel because they are not important.

I personally don't like that because I feel like there is a reason that these points maintained their importance within the TCM model.

Granted in this Channel for the Lung, they are only neglecting 6 points but in a longer channel like the Stomach Channel where there are 45 point, there are many point in between that are useful for treatments.

Now, I'm not saying that these Element points are not useful, because they are and I've used them many times and get great results.

My issue is that it seems like it is watering down a lot of what we're learning.

Granted, I've only had two classes so far so I can't really judge 5 Element at this time with the little information that I have at my disposal.

I'll keep updating as I find out more

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Back from a hiatus...

Hey all,

I'm still alive.

...barely, actually.

Finals were brutal (when aren't they?), and getting ready to move has made me laaaaazy.

I've been brainstorming with a friend on an app that I want to make and I mentioned it in one of my earlier posts. I'm coming to find out, I may need to narrow my idea to something that's a bit more bite size rather than try and swallow the whole steak.

Go figure.

Maybe I'll try my hand at making a google page first or something and we'll see where it goes from there.

I'm still plowing through school slowly but surely and I just started a new semester (ends Aug 13...that's so faaar from now).

I'm mentioned I was going to talk a bit about what I learn from my classes on these blogs and I think I'm going to talk about one particular topic in my next blog.

Anyhoo, thanks for reading and I'll update soon.