The Honey Is Here – And Suck It, Baby
First, the 90 pounds of honey that I ordered from one of my clients, Austerfield Apiary, has arrived. That means about 30 gallons of mead! Now, I don’t think I’ll really make 30 gallons of mead this year as I know I’ll be setting aside some of this delicious honey for consumption with honey and peanut butter sandwiches. But I am most definitely going to be doing quite a lot of experimentation with this fresh, unpasteurized honey that has gone through virtually no processing.
Do you know what a 30 pound pail of honey smells like when you take the lid off? Mmmmmmm. There are not many nectars that smell as lovely as that. Which perhaps is why mead was the nectar of kings in days gone by.
I’ll be posting my mead making activities as they occur and will keep you updated.
But perhaps the other part of the title of this post, “Suck It, Baby” is why you are really visiting and reading. Ah yes, I have also received my wonderful little sucking device – it sucks CO2 out of wine filled carboys very efficiently. You may have read this post on Passing Gas where I mentioned that I had been given the use of a vacuum pump to try out pulling CO2 from a carboy. I was quite impressed, but also disappointed to discover that the retail price of a Barnant Vacuum-Pressure Pump was close to $300.00 Canadian.
At times like these, E-Bay can be your friend. I did a search, found one single Barnant pump for sale on E-Bay, bid on it, and won it for $50.00 plus shipping. When it arrived this afternoon, the first thing I did was plug it in to find that it’s sucking and blowing just like Bob’s.
One other final note – I’m now a member of the Blogging Alliance of Non Partisan Canadians, administered by my good blogging acquaintance, Bow. James Bow. Although my Ianism blog has either died or is in pergatory (it was a member of James’ blogroll community), James wants more Canadian non-political related blogs on his blogroll, and I’m happy to be a part of that.
Perhaps some of those inclined to political debates I used to engage from time to time will sometime come to understand that perhaps actually doing freedom, which includes making your own wine and beer is more profitable to me than simply writing about it.