Brewing ‘hard’ apple cider

Bottling

  • Case of 24 bottles (12oz) – 288oz stored – $0.07 / oz stored … but need metal capping tool ($16) & metal caps (144 for $6) … so really it’s $0.14 / oz stored initially.
  • 9 flip top style bottles (12oz) – 108oz stored – $0.18 / oz stored

 

  • 6 x 16oz – 96oz stored – $0.15/oz stored
  • 12 x 16oz – 192 stored – $0.16/oz stored – not sure why amazon is so expensive on cases.

 

  • Flip caps (12) – $15

 

  • Minikeg – 169oz – $22 – $0.13
  • Draft Brewer (2.5 gal) – 320oz – $136 – $0.425
  • Draft Brewer (3gal) – 384oz – $136 – $0.35
  • Refurb corny from midwest (5gal) – 640oz – $108 – $0.19
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Indoor green house

How much does it take to get a salad?

Garden planning

  • app – Link
  • lighting planning – Link
  • is it monetarily worthwhile? – Link

 

Requirements

  • trays or growing bed
    • $21 self watering capillary systems for roots help speed up process – Link
    • Box sold water systems – Link – $50 a setup, 6 plants so 4-5 salads a week?
  • lighting –
    • T5 florescents
      • LINK – Amazon Link  $99 8 x setup
      • Link – Amazon $54 4 x setup might not be enough
    • two florescent tubes use 24W
    • Ugrow 5×5 – Link
  • electricity ($5.50) over the six week period
  • compost  ($1.50)

Tips –

  • Crazy DIY family – Link
  • Pro growing – Link – ph level, sourcing & germination
  • Link – LED care
    • Use – The 240 Watt LED Grow Light should be 12-24 inches from the top of the canopy. Larger lights such as the 450 Watt LED Grow Light should be lowered around 14-30 inches from the top of the canopy. More intense lights such as the 600 Watt and the 900 Watt LED Grow Light should be kept at 14-36 inches from the top of the canopy of your plants.
  • Types of grows … Hydroponics (water, no soil)
    • Ginger / Tumeric – Link
    • Garlic – Link
    • Spinach, Endive, chard – Link
    • Saffron – LInk
    • Asparagus – Link
    • Salads
      • Growing salad in winter
        • Link – recommends capillary root watering system
        • Link – 2nd article, claims shallow tray system
        • Link – claims 6″ tray
      • Oak-leaf lettuce: this always grows reliably
      • Loose-leaf lettuce: a few varieties that I had left over from previous years and that I knew produced reliable leaves that don’t brown at the edges
      • Spinach: a strong variety with resistance to bolting that I had a lot of success with last summer
      • Arugula: always good to add a delicious flavor to salad mixes, I use the salad arugula types rather than wild arugula which tends to produce hotter, smaller leaves
      • Micro green movements – get all the flavors of radish / mustards etc in them too?  Link
      • Just harvest after 10 days
      • Plant alongside greens like kale, chard, and lettuce that you’re letting grow to maturity, and include some edible flowers like pansies and violas
    • Mushrooms in low light?  2-17 dollar a lbs – Link

Comparision

Frozen spinach – 16oz – $2.79

Dole – 8oz – $2.99

Dune on living and ending

“The flesh surrenders itself. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not…yet, I occurred.”

Frank Herbert of Dune


“… Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life … ”

Quote of Stephen King on love & goodbyes

“Do any of us, except in our dreams, truly expect to be reunited with out heart’s deepest loves, even when they leave us for minutes and on the most mundane of errands? No, not at all. Each time they go from our sight we, in our secret hearts, count them as dead. Having been given so much, we reason, how could we expect not to be brought as low as Lucifer for the staggering presumption of our love?”

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7476075-do-any-of-us-except-in-our-dreams-truly-expect