Brian Maverick

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Once you go to a steam juicer and can, there is no turning back.  This is the 100% juice process.  Nothing added otherwise.

This is NOT your pressure cooker canning process.  Hot steam extractor, into canning jar, place lids on and they will seal themselves.  EZ

Berries, Fruit, grapes, jams, wine, etc, it can do it all.

2 weeks ago

D Nikolls wrote:I haven't used a generator to charge my LiFePO4 battery bank in the 20 months since I got it.. and that is with PWM charge controller in the pacific northwest...

The total system ran me about 20% of the cost of putting in a grid connection..

Those are the batteries to have.  LIFePO4.  Basically it's taking the Edison battery and merging it with Lithium technology.  

Solar and wind together will keep the power flowing.

I'm running 280W in a 12VDC system.  No inverter for the lighting.  Keeping most things at 12VDC directly with fuses like automotive makes the system easy.  Although the well pump does take the inverter to power.  I'm in zone-4, and gray skies are plenty now till mid April.  And I still get charging in cloud skies with my PWM controller too; Renogy Adventurer 30A 12V/24V Negative Ground PWM Flush Mount Charge Controller.

Love your non-grid connection.
3 weeks ago

denise ra wrote:How do these systems work in winter? I'm in Western Oklahoma and everything goes dormant in the winter when it can be pretty cold. Also, what about freezing? I don't think I can just attach a hose to the outside of my wall as I know it will freeze in winter. I'm also planning on not being here sometimes for months at a time, so what happens to reed beds and plants and trees when there's no water coming out of the house? Also, for those of you with dishwashers what are you using for dish soap?

Look into IBC Tote 250gal or 300 gal.  Next dig a big hole. Place IBC tote in hole.  Place wood panels on all 4 sides resting against the cage.  Add gravel and dirt to fill around.  Now there is a tank in the ground to take the greywater.

With more cleverness, add in a few 4-inch or larger PVC pipes to extend out from the tank for drainage.

Oh wow, I just explain my DIY septic field.

1- IBC tote on CL for a mere $25

8X 10FT PVC drainage pipe with those finger sized holes thru-out

8X fitting for PVC pipe to connect to the IBC tote

This is not my original idea.  Years back, a neighbor on his farm rented out his RV.  He made this greywater septic system.  Now, the poo went someplace else.

With the IBC Tote, the cap can come off and the tank and drain system can be sucked out just like a real septic system could.

For under $300, a system like this would last for years, pay for itself as being very low maintenance.
3 weeks ago
This is indeed an old thread, but the way the OP's view is taken, we are venturing with the KY Coffeetree too.  

It's been almost a decade and more info is now found on the internet.

I wanted to know about brewing, recipes and many who reviewed it too.  
This site does well, but has the alcohol mixed in as a drink.

Anyone ever roasted them?  How deep of a roast do they need?  It's limited otherwise on the web.

Seems that roasting is super easy in the new air fryers. Takes the old school pain out of the equation to get them just right and evenly.
That being said, you can, quite effectively, use it to roast coffee beans. The conditions you find in an air fryer are practically perfect for roasting coffee beans. Super-hot air circulating evenly means that you get an even roast in a relatively short time with very little burning and smoke.

As for consuming it often, this blog posting is the best I've found so far.  The roasting is an odd thing too.

Has anyone blended this with Chicory?  Or did 50/50 with actual coffee to extend their inventory in the pantry?

Anyone out there with more details?  Please share.
3 weeks ago
Home Grown Food Summit 2020 is just about to wrap up.  However, the encore will be available some time soon.

Even if you get a glimpse of tonight's' speakers, it's packed with helpful knowledge.

6 months ago

Paula Broadfoot wrote:Well.  I have several of the mentioned carts.  A 4 wheeled garden cart, the cart with a dump bed, and others....
They all have some advantages, but one of my biggest problems is picking up heavy stuff to get them into the cart!
So, for Mothers' Day, I gifted myself with this:

It looks like it uses leverage points well, and comes with several accessories to assist with picking up and moving heavy awkward items.  
They are having sales right now!  
I can't give an opinion, since I haven't used it.

Now that is something useful.  Wonder if I can fab something together with the ACE Hardware wheelbarrows I got and the all steel hand carts around the garage.   Otherwise, a nice labor saving device as a combination tool.   This has me thinking.  Thanks much!
6 months ago
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.  This plays a huge part on how well fruit trees would grow to produce.  Location is a big factor.  Next up is spacing.  Some trees require a mix of female to males to be highly productive.  Next up is SOIL SOIL SOIL.  Each type of fruit tree tends love a different Ph in the SOIL and the right nutrients.  

So, finding a chart with general info is really the best thing to go by.  It weeds out all of the variables.
6 months ago

Eric Hammond wrote:Mulberries are a weed around here, there are literally hundreds on my property. I cut a lot of mulberry at any point in time. If you cut a 6 inch branch inJuly, it's just going to grow a ton of sprouts. You can't kill these things. Brush hogging over a tree just turns it into a berry bush.

Do not fret about cutting mulberry any time of the year!

Wow, that must be insane to have that many.  If it's only at your place, open a U-Pick and charge folks for them.
6 months ago

C├ęcile Stelzer Johnson wrote:I do both because at my age, I'm not climbing a tree to get the delicious berries! The bush is more my size. I'm going to plant one [tree shape] in the middle of my chicken yard yet: Producer to consumer, no middleman. A mulberry tree is fine: Birds will go for it big time and I'll be able to get my mulberries from the bushes. Everyone gets served, everyone gets happy.

By the way, some have said that mulberries are OK for Illinois but not Wisconsin: I have 26 of them growing and a few started fruiting in Central WI [zone 4]. Some are white and some are dark red. They grew [like weeds!]from seeds I harvested locally. The white ones are much sweeter but my hubby thinks they look gross:"With the little black dot, they look like grubs, yuk". Well, a few drops of food coloring and he has conquered his dislike. In pies, I put a cover on.
I'll try making cuttings this year: The fruit drops off so easily that most of it can be harvested from the ground. Put down a vinyl tablecloth before you harvest.

Being in southern-WI, the Mulberry trees are plentiful in zone-4B.  Around the Beloit region to Monroe WI there are many in peoples yards and in the town parks.  I'll have to try this method to propagate a few more trees before winter arrives.  May do large pots for the first winter as our temps get really low.  This way, the 2nd year can be hardy enough to survive.  This is what the local organic blueberry farm does up the road with their bushes.  Takes 3 years to make them hardy enough to stay outdoors successfully.  
6 months ago
Not all panels on the market come with blocking diodes or bypass diodes or their original name schottky diode.

The primary thing to understand is how to SIZE this type of specialized diode for each panel.  Not only to size the rating needed, but, to keep the system balanced, each wire set from each panel needs to be the SAME length.   WHY the same length?  Should a failure happen, any overload would go evenly to the other panels and those diodes can take the hit in a balanced fashion.  Uneven lines would allow the closest diode to take the brunt, and possible it too would fail.  Thus, your repair costs would more than double.

A blocking diode is like a a surge protector by blocking the back-flow of the current.  BUT, there isn't a reset button.  lol

Now, if one also had in the system FAIL-SAFE diodes, life would be nicer.
6 months ago