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Scott Dylewski

Beeswax wraps

What to do with all the beeswax? After a few years of making candles, we wanted to try new beeswax wraps, but the recipe was hard to find.  I converted a bunch of online recipes to an approximate ratio by weight of wax, resin and jojoba oil. My method: 100g …

Building tube wall

Notes: Plastic types for toys:  http://www.pvcinformation.org/assets/pdf/PlasticSubstitutesPVCtoys_Tickner.pdf Best to worst: 5. Bio-based (cellulose, etc) 4. Polyethylene and Polypropylene 3. PET 2. Polycarbonate, ABS, Polystyrene, Polyurethane 1.  PVC (worst) Magnetic tubes Wall Plastic magnet cover Magnet styles from McMaster Carr: Magnets (try building a pipe-wall magnetic block out of wood and connect …

Mead General

After a few years of making mead, I want to collect everything in one place.  In general, the washed wax mead tends to have a strong hive flavor, and pure honey mead is light and doesn’t have that additional funky flavors…  Some batches have gotten a “burnt popcorn” kind of …

Cider General

Cider main page. My Trees: (years are the year of tree purchase or initial graft in January of that year) Sweet (eating apples) with the following branches: (2008) Jonagold McIntosh? Granny Smith Gravenstein (2016) Honeycrisp (2017) Kingston Black (2015?) Muscadet de Dieppe (2017) Dabinett (2) (2019) Amere de Berthcourt (2019) Golden Russet …

Cider 2018

  First Pressing: 175lbs / 8 gallons of small apples from Seth’s tree. (Definitely not Lady apples!). Maybe Fameuse? 0.5 gallon of Gravenstein 1.5 gallons of Sequoia St. Crabapples (1.5 bags) 10 gallons total of juice, divided among 3 batches (plan for 3 3-gallon carboys) OG=1.050,  Acid= , pH=3.0 Batch …

Sauerkraut

Adventures in making Sauerkraut from Sandor Katz’s book and Michael Pollan’s recipe based on it 2018/05/19 1 head of red cabbage 1 head of green cabbage 4.4 lbs total Grated on Babcii’s cabbage slicer! Added 4.4 * 1.5 tsp salt = 6.6 tsp + a little extra = 8 tsp …

Apple Cider Vinegar

How to make cider vinegar Make apple cider alcohol Open lid to allow air to enter the container.  Replace lid with cheesecloth to keep bugs from getting in. A gelatinous mat will form on the top surface.  That’s the culture that’s converting the alcohol to vinegar. Wait a few months. …

Bees

Summary of bees from each year 2018 Ordered a local queen and bees from BeeKind in Sebastopol.  When talking to the beekeeper, he said that people often say that their bees used to die for many years, but once they tried these local bees, they survive the winter.  He also mentioned …

Campgrounds

Notes for reserving campgrounds. Book State campgrounds tomorrow at 8am for Sun Oct 27 2019 Holidays: Our holidays 2018/2019: MLK Day: Monday Jan 21 President’s Day: Monday Feb 18 Spring break: March 25-29 Memorial Day: Monday May 27 Summer Break: July 29 – August 12 Shaver Lake: June 26-29 2019? Labor …