Sunday, September 27, 2009

Paul Revere Reproduction Bowl F B Rogers. What is is made of?

I found this bowl at a garage sale for 50 cents and though it might be a good casting material. I would like to know what it is made of though. Mine is not in as good of shape as the one pictured on the right.

What I know:

It does not specify silver on copper or sterling silver so I do not think it is one of those.
It is heavy. A rough estimate of density of the base is 9.5 g/ml
Lead — Density: 11.35
TIN — Density: 7.287
Zinc — Density: 7.04
Nickel — Density: 8.912
Copper - Density 8.96

The base:
It is dull gray color in the middle.
It is silver plated. I would guess pewter. I melted it down and cast it into this lost crayon casting

The sides:
Under the silver plate it looks a little yellow like a brass or other copper containing metal.
I would guess brass.

Please comment with your thougths. Or reply at this forum.
Whatever it is made of it seems to be a pretty good price at 50cents for 1.5lbs.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two row pale and cascade small scale brewing experiment.

I am experimenting with making the simplest beer I can imagine. The eventually goal is to brew beer that i have grown myself but I need to wait till next sprint to get my barley going. This is a great cheap way to work. Without the cost of hops or extract I am able to make these 1L batches of beer for ~$3

1.75lbs two row pale extracted then boiled down to 1.25L. (small scale all grain brewing extraction by this method)
0.5oz dried homegrown cascade (60min) 0.1oz dried homegrown cascade (5min). no hydrometer. I would guess it was too high though. put in secondary 10/3/09. results were not hoppy enough for a good pale.

1.75lbs two row pale extracted then boiled down to 1.75L, 0.3oz dried homegrown cascade(60min) O.G. 1050. put in secondary 10/3/09. results were not hoppy enough for a good pale. tasted just like above pale.

1.00lb two row pale. 0.5lb rye. stuck mash.

1.25lbs two row pale. 1 cup rye. 0.5oz cascade pellets. O.G. 1060. 0.5 gallon batch.
bottled 12/13 no secondary

5.5lbs two row pale. 0.5lb rye. 1.25oz cascade pellets. O.G. 1060. 1.75 gallon batch.
bottled 12/13 no secondary.
At bottling tasted great. may be the one i make a label for->

5lbs two row pale, 0.5 medium crysta, 0.5 rye, 2oz cascade O.G. 1060
By far the best batch. Crystal added a little sweetness that balances the rye

4lbs two row pale. 0.5 medium crystal, 0.5 rye. leftover malt from previous batches that did not fit in the fermentation containers.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

G20 in pittsburgh photos featuring Daily show's John Oliver

John oliver of the daily show at pittsburgh g20 protest
John Oliver in Pittsburgh for g20 working up the crowd to scream "F*** corporate media" Who pays him?

Yinz live in a police state g20 protesters pittsburgh
Local Flavor- Yinz live in a police state
Karl Marx impersonator at g20 pittsburgh
Karl Marx look alike

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Glass etching without a stencil

This video shows my method for using armour etch without a stencil

  • Cover the area you are working with with a think coat of wax by rubbing it with a tea light.
  • Scrape away your design with a pencil
  • Cover with Armour Etch and wait 5 min.
  • Wash off the Armour Etch
  • Melt off the wax.

The intention if for this to resemble a hops cone used in making beer. I will fill this bottle with beer with the next batch.

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Calvin and hobbes themed snowman g20 protest

We can make copies of these signs.

As might be obvious this did not happen

calvin and hobbes snowmen protest

people keep getting here by googling "how to make calvin and hobbes snow men." I think it should be pretty self explanatory or I would add details here. in any event buy this book:The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and buy me a copy while you are at it. I want it bad but can't seem to pony up the $ since i have most of the content in other books. for those of you seriously into the snowmen specifically there is always this:

Johnny's selected seeds coupon code 10%

only on harvesting tools: 9870,9722,9153,9157,9177,9786,9155,9154,9634,9635,9061,9301,9334,9213,9669
10-1007 is the code.

Got this flyer with my newly arrived Barley seed for my urban beer farm.
two row malting barley

This is not an endorsement that you can grow beer in your yard. I have had some success with wheat but have yet to try the barley. This question will be answered by next summer.

How to make a drop down menu with images for blogger page

Say hello to the new mouseover drop down menu. This is a slight modification of the simple dropdown menu tutorial here. To add images simply set up the dropdown menu as described in his post and then add images in front of the text. this will look great on your blogspot or other blog. So for example:

each <li> </li> contains a single menu element. Here is one example.

onmouseout="mclosetime()" href="#"><img src="MAIN IMAGE" height="60" />MENU NAME</a>
<div id="m3"
<a href="YOUR LINK 1"><img src="IMAGE 1 LOCATION" height="30" />LINK1 NAME </a>
<a href="YOUR LINK 2"><img src="IMAGE 2 LOCATION" height="30" />LINK2 NAME </a>

If any of this is unclear shoot me an email or comment and I will clarify.

Bonus question! how do I quote HTML in a post without having it be used.
replace, in this order,
"&" with "& amp;"
"<" with "& lt;"
">" with "& gt;"

but remove the spaces i am showing in the quotes

Add a share this post on facebook link to your blog.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

when are hops ready to be harvested?

Check out minute 3:30 of this video

In summary:
Immature- lighter green, does not spring back, moisture, grassy smell. lighter colored lupilin glands
Mature- darker green, burnt tips, dryed out, papery noised when squeezed, Springs back, richer color of lupilin glands

Check out this guys page for the photos he was talking about

casting custom guitar knobs

Attempted casting of guitar knobs. lost foam with a 3/16" drill hole and machine screws going into the sides to hold it tight. The problem was the machine screws are either too loose or tight. casting the threading around the screw is not the way to go. updates to follow if I think of a new way to make this work. I think a tap and die set might be the way to go.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

giant squid and white whale crayon carvings

All of my crayon sculptures
I gotta get a better photo of these. giant squid and i guess Moby Dick.

Due to this post I am also getting google hits for white whale costume. Weird.

Also of interest my squid painting

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Venus of Willendorf Costume

someone got to this blog searching the term Venus of Willendorf Costume. This is an amazing idea. I think I might go for it this year if I can think of a way to make it happen.

Why did they get here? two posts combined.
Knit Dr. Zoidberg Costume instructions and
Venus of willendorg carved in a crayon.

can hops (Humulus lupulus) be grown in a pot or container? yes

I had a great first year with my cascade plants but I think the best one was the one out front in a pot. got 6oz (before drying) which was the best of the first year plants. This was in a roughly six gallon container. I am sure the eventually the size limitation will catch up with it and it will be surpassed by the free range plants but pretty good start. This post follow this plant in its second year.

Now the question I have is what to do for next year. Should I repot before winter? give it new soil to work with in the spring? or would messing with the roots make it less hardy for the winter?

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What size pot should i use for my hops plant?
You can get away with the 5-10 gallon range with reduced yield. The people who seem to get pretty good yeild use half barrels.

how to dry hops with a gas oven

Lots of ways to do this. I spread the cones on a cookie sheet and leave them on the floor of the oven. They get mildly warmed by the pilot light so they dry quick without molding or cooking.

I then rough up the cones a bit daily for a few days. once the seem very dry. I put them in zip lock baggies. Suck out the air as well as I can and throw them in the freezer.

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Looking for something to do with hops other then beer?
Chocolate hops cupcakes

bonsai coffee tree

coffee tree bonsaiThis is just getting started but it is a clipping from a coffee plant that I rooted with rooting hormone. So far I pinched of the top leaves so that it would branch and then bent in with a twist tie. the green parts are still bendable but the brown parts are not.

Better photos will follow when the sun is up.

forum discussion of the subject

bonsai coffee tree
Here is the plant a 4 or 5 months later with the areas that were bent becoming more woody.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hydroponic lettuce 500ml square media bottle

Another in the long series of various hydroponic bottles. This is a 500ml square bottle (the kind cell culture media comes in). I cut it in half with a hack saw and flipped the top. This year I let the lettuce go to seed and started some new little plants to do hydroponically. There are a few now but I will split them up when bigger.
Better photo to follow when I find my camera charger.

Obviously don't do this with a bottle that held anything dangerous. My rule is if I would not drink it don't use for hydroponics.
Wine, soda, PBS(as this case), sterile water.... OK.
Acetone, paraformaldehyde, Blush wine..... NO.

wine bottle hydroponic basilPost about wine bottle hydroponics

How to cut a wine bottle with string and acetone

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hops brownies/cupcakes recipe (Baking with Humulus lupulus)

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hops brownies cupcakes
What with the abundance of both hops and zucchini that seems to be going on I made a big tray of chocolate zucchini cake modified from the recipe in this thread. Most modifications were based on what I did or did not have around at the time but if you want good zucchini cake you might want to click that link. I did not have enough space in the bread so I made two cupcakes that were augmented with 3 cascade cones ground in each.

Recipe for the Hops Cupcakes extrapolated to a full batch.
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated and 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1oz dried cascade hops
2 tbs
2 egg
1/3 cup whole milk
4 oz 60% dark chocolate melted
2 cups course ground zucchini

- Preheat oven at 375F,
- butter cupcake tin.
- Mix melted butter with melted chocolate, sugar, milk, ground hops and egg.
- Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and ground espresso
- Add flour mixture to the butter chocolate mixture in 3 steps, whisking until each addition is reasonably well combined before adding another batch
- Add the zucchini and ripped up hops.
- Bake until knife comes out clean ~30min.
- Add a small cone on top as a garnish.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

zinc patina

I think I will be trying this soon on some of the pieces show on this blog. apparently cupric sulfate can do it. I would recomend skipping to the end of the video.

concentration is not given but I guess you could play with it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

When hops attack

hops attacking and beheading a sunflower

another photo from today. "wild" kittens at the disc golf course.