░░▒▒▒▓▓▓▒▒▒░░ (masstreble) wrote,

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Two scientists stand on the shore. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the sunset, one wonders what causes the spectrals on the horizon. The other forms a hypothesis. They frolic merrily away to make sweet science together.

I think I may have found another hobby! Today, Yesterday, I inadvertently obtained a full wine-making kit. It was a pain to get home: it was a lot of stuff. My swag consisted of:

  • Two five-gallon glass containers, where most of the action takes place.

  • Two four-gallon glass containers, where the rest of the action takes place.

  • A quick-fermenting plastic container, where I suppose I could make some action take place really fast if I wanted to.

  • A big mechanical bottle corker.

  • A bag of corks. :shakes it:

  • An acid testing kit.

  • A few funnels, some plastic, some metal.

  • Five hundredish grams of metasulfite. Well, okay, I believe it is metasulfite. I could be wrong. It wasn't stored terribly well.

  • Ooh! A thermometer. It's 19.5 degrees Celsius in here. That's my favourite. Wait, two thermometers! Hey, hey--three thermometers, and this one is a special fermenting thermometer. It even gauges alcohol percentage. Hmmmm. There seems to be a few of these alcohol level testers, and I've also found this other instrument, which checks... gravity? It mentions the term "hydrometer" in it. I have a lot to learn. Thank goodness I also have--

  • --a few books, including Brew Chem 101: The Basics of Homebrewing Chemistry by Lee W. Janson, Successful Wine Making at Home by H.E. Bravery, and Home Brewing Without Failures by... H.E. Bravery again.

  • Pipettes of all types, along with beakers and flasks and whole crew of similar instruments which are in need of cleaning. That's okay, I have a--

  • --bottle washer! It's this awesome metal thing you attach to the sink and you can clean bottles with it! Preasurelicious!

  • A few ounces of ascorbic acid. Um, looks like 40 grams or so. (One of the bags has an address to "Arctic Brewing Supply" in Anchorage. That may be nice to have.)

  • Most of a bag of toasted oak chips. They spilled in the tote. They smell really good! Looks like there's enough left for a batch of wine, according to the instructions. I wonder what it does to the wine, and how to use it. Wait, that one funnel has a stained filter and it smells like these chips. Ahh.

  • A small collection of glassware, all of it alcohol related. This isn't directly involved in the kit, but I'm happy to have them, too, as I'm certain my flatmates will be pleased to have a few more glasses around.

A few things aren't in that image, including the bottle corker, but most of the gang's there.
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