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Sun, Jul. 2nd, 2006, 11:45 am
You'll skip forever on the mobius hop-scotch track.

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.

Sun, Jul. 2nd, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)

Oooooh! Make me booze, and mail it off! I can send you random stuff I have lying around in exchange!

Sun, Jul. 2nd, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)

Certainly! I have a lot of research to do, though, and the stuff is likely going to take some time to ferment, so don't expect it soon. Also, I don't know how I would get this stuff up to Fairbanks, either. I'll see what I can do!

Sun, Jul. 2nd, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)

Well did you know that if you take about 9 or 10 of those concentrated frozen juices, melt them and pour them all into a bucket, freeze it, scrape the ice, thaw, freeze, scrape the ice, thaw, freeze... and so on and so forth for about a month, you'll make some really really really potent booze....
it's called "cold fermenting" I think.....

Tue, Jul. 4th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)

I don't want really potent booze, though. I'm not interested in getting sloshed, after all. Still, chemistry is fun.

Tue, Jul. 4th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)

Well, it takes a little more than just one or two of those to get drunk because by the time you're done, all that "juice" has becomes a little less than a single glass of liquor
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Tue, Jul. 4th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)

I'm totally willing to share this stuff. I'm hoping to produce some nice white wines with it, myself, but once I get good at it, I'm totally open to experimentation.

Mon, Jul. 3rd, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)

My roommate got himself a beer making kit for his 21st birthday. He made some pretty good beer. I'll bet your winemaking experiences will be similar.

I should pay you a visit some time for some free Sammade booze.

Tue, Jul. 4th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)

Well, if all goes well, I can start sending it to people. Sammade sounds strange, like Sam-ade, made out of freshly squeezed... Sams. *shudders* I'm going to start reading those books tomorrow so I know what I'm getting into. Perhaps by the end of the week, I'll start my first batch. Uh, perhaps. School kind of limits me on both sides.

Mon, Jul. 3rd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)

Whoa! You're gonna have to tell me how it goes! More pictures of the process!

Tue, Jul. 4th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)

Of course! That's not a bad idea. I keep forgetting I have that digital camera now. I'll keep it at ready.