Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dry stout from dried malt extract and a mash

I originally intended to make a dry stout from dried malt extract, but when I realized I didn't have enough extract, I decided to try doing a mash of what grain I had available to make up the balance of sugars. The results:

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Grapefruit Mead*

* technically it's called a melamel when you add fruit to a mead

Following up on previous mead brewing attempts, I decided to attempt a mead flavored with grapefruit.  Basically I followed Charlie Papazian's recipe from The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing, p. 344 "Antipodal Mead".  What I used:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Raspberry pi RAID array 3: health check & building a level 0 array to use for additional backup

I wanted to build a level-0 array out of two 1 TB drives (total size should be 2 TB) to act as a backup for my existing level-1 array (size: 2 TB), but I first discovered a problem with the level-1 array - it was only listing one of the constituent drives as actually being present, and it's state was "degraded".  Here's how I fixed that problem and built the level-0 array, and started my backup.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Small attempt at paving driveway with pavers

I've always wanted to do some sort of stone or brick project, so I decided to pave a small section of the driveway with pavers.  Here's a time-lapse video of the project:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cutting down a dead tree in South Orange NJ 2017-03-18

I cut down a tree in my mother in-law's back yard!  It was about 12 feet tall and 24 inches in diameter at the base.  I mainly used a chainsaw (16" bar).  I did a hinge cut on the "downhill" side, and a thin back cut on the opposite side.  I then used a mallet to drive a wedge into the back cut to try to tip the tree over (towards the hinge), without any luck.  So I started cutting more away.  After cutting some away I would try to use the wedge again, without any success.  Eventually, it fell over spontaneously.  It was interesting that it didn't fall until it was cut down to about 3 inch diameter section in the center.  In the picture below you can see the small section in the middle that was left uncut right before it fell:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Growing English Lavender From Seeds


I'm attempting to grow English Lavender from seed, because I would like to plant a lot of them around our house - approximately 170 - and the seedlings are relatively expensive.  Also, as my friend Jason R. pointed out, I'm Mark Watney'ing - I'm inspired by the book The Martian that I read over the summer.

The main instructions came from the "growing information" section on the Burpee catalog page for Lavender, English:  http://www.burpee.com/herbs/lavender/lavender-english-prod000476.html but I also read through several other web pages, see references below.