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7May/100

Mead for noobs (honeywine for supernoobs)

I want to make my own beer. I do not drink. However, I still want to make my own beer. The fall back is the initial setup I want is around $160, then the cost of ingredients at another $40. Ultimately, I'm starting a savings plan to let me buy all the stuff in a few months. Meanwhile? I'm making some mead!

 

A buddy at work talked about starting his own a few months ago, and in my recent sporadic decision of home brewing, suggested I start some mead since its cheap, and has to age for a several months, anyway. Sooooo, I did. I accompanied him to a home brew store up in Gwinnett and bought a 3 gallon carboy, a stopper, and an airlock. Then off to walmart I went to buy ingredients for an ancient orange mead recipe he gave me from here .

 

Ultimately, you need a jug (at least one gallon), 3.5 # of honey (pure), 25 raisins (yeast food), bread yeast, two large oranges, spring water, stick of cinnamon, some cloves, optional nutmeg and allspice, and time.

 

The below picture is not the water I used, as I went and bought spring water instead, and this is the ingredients used for a two gallon batch vs one gallon).

 

Fill the jug with a half gallon of spring water, heat some honey up in boiling water (in the jar ) to make it runny, and pour into the water. Add the raisins, the orange (I zested then peeled and threw orange pieces in to remove the pith), spices, and top off with water to the 1 gallon mark of your jug. Shake it vigorously for 5 minutes if you can to mix all items, and once its cooled to 70-80 degrees, add the yeast and give it a swirl. Install your airlock, and wait patiently for it to brew!

I made two types here... On the left, is my blueberry vanilla orange-honey mead. Its literally a handful of blueberries (some squished to release extra flavor), a whole vanilla bean, 3/4 an orange, and 3.5# honey all added to a one gallon jug (literally, the water jug the water came in). My airlock on this is a balloon with a hole poked in the top to release gas as it builds up, but keep contaminents out.

On the right, is my Joes Ancient Orange Mead (aka, JAOM). The ingredients are the same as above mentioned, except everything is doubled except the yeast and cloves.

 

Here is a shot of the JAOM looking into my 3 gallon carboy. All the yummy ingredients floating on top. Eventually, everything will sink to the bottom of the jug and the mead will become crystal clear. At this point you siphon it out into clean bottles and store/serve/enjoy!

 

This is a side shot of my JAOM on day 1. I'll post up pictures later as it goes through the stages.

 

Honestly, if you have $20 and wanna try making some of your own alcohol, give this a whirl. It will produce at a minimum of 4 wine bottles full of alcohol to enjoy. Let me know, I'll help ya go through the steps (assuming I did it right myself!)

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6Apr/101

Stop 1/3 DONE – few hiccups.

I write this post with, for the most part, my shoulders high and my anticipation high. I'd be lying if I said today went perfectly, though.

 

My morning started fine, having had already packed all my stuff and just needing to go out the door.

 

Airport in Atlanta was good, no issues, even with getting my slash-proof bag through security (went through without even slowin the xray belt down for a better look)!

 

Yesterday, however, I had some issues. I went to a standalone Wachovia ATM to deposit cash I've been collecting for use in Thailand. I drive off and realized the machine never gave me my card back!! I did a quick u-turn and went back to machine and called up Wachovia. In a borderline panic, the lady on the phone worked a miracle and managed to overnight a new card to my sisters in Los Angeles!

 

So, here I am, in Los Angeles.

 

I almost became an all-star by changing our seats on the flight out here to allow an open spot between Chris and myself. Well, one of the LAST PEOPLE on the plane, sat between us. BUMMER! Not bad though, small framed girl that slept the entire time, though nearly with her head perched on my shoulder.

 

After running some errands and having an AWESOME lunch at  Bay Cities Deli with my sister, I started the hour long [what used to be 5 minute] phone call to Wachovia to activate my new card.

 

After being hung up on, transferred countless times, I asked for a manager and was connected to check fraud. They then connected me finally to someone that was able to help me... So, issue resolved, but with it was a total headache.

 

Now I'm sitting here in Los Angeles waitin to take a shower and go to dinner, then off to the airport we go to embark on a 14.5 hour flight, a 2 hour 20 minute layover, and another 4.5 hour flight to our final destination -- THAILAND!

 

Sleep well... for as you do, I'll be crammed into the coach section of a Boeing 777 :)

 

CANT WAIT FOR TOMORROW!

25Mar/100

Noodle – Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Everything came out surprisingly quick considering how busy they were (every table full). The service wasnt as good as normal; it didnt seem like they were really with it.

 

I ordered the Jung Bean Soup due to the praise of a persons recent review on US. Fortunately, it was really good! The broth and seafood were the highlights for me, as I'm not a huge fan of the thicker noodles like lo mein. The seafood as great, seemed fresh, though the squid was possibly a little overcooked. I have appreciation for the spice that accompanies it, as well.

 

 

The person with me ordered the fried rice with all  ingredients sub tofu -- same as she always gets. When asked how it was, she simply said "good, like normal." I tried some, and could personally use a little bit more (if there was any?) sesame oil. In my opinion, that gives it a little bit more of a slick feel with a great taste.

 

 

My original vote of 7.5/10 for Noodle stands -- they can consistently deliver acceptable food, though lack on price advantage and incredible service. GET SOME!

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18Mar/101

Hello world, I’m Chris!

So in efforts of trying to combine previous webpages of mine for gallerys... personal... files... blah blah blah... I've decided to start up a WordPress Blog. The use of this blog will be primarily for my travel updates/photos and my foodie reviews ... and the combination of them both!

 

I hope, as time goes on, this blog offers some relief AND release to people, as well as give me a place to say what I want, when I want, and how I want!

 

See you on the flipside.

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