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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #40 on: Monday November 16, 2009, 12:57:27 PM »
It sounds delicious, Anthro...

I wish I had some shmooo seeds. I feel actually guilty about the state of my garden boxes on the terrace... most Germans love growing things, and they have beautiful gardens. I have two dead bushes and some ivy that starts dying every time I try to water it.

I am allergic to ivy, but since it's the only green thing in my boxes, so far I've left it alone.
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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #41 on: Tuesday November 17, 2009, 11:57:50 PM »
I am still learning about the climatic conditions required for Shmooo.  I planted extremely early in Spring in the hopes of getting a crop to go to seed, then harvest, and plant another crop in time for it also to go to seed.  It didn't happen that way.  The first crop would not go to seed, even after three or four months.  So I planted more.  Now, all crops are going to seed at the same time.  The oldest are producing larger heavier seed stalks by far.  Oddly, the rabbits want the leafy material far more than the seed stalks.  Of course, they still have not really matured.  That is to say, many of the flowers are still on the stalks.  There is a slight bitterness to them that is certainly not present in mature harvested seed that has been well threshed.  It may be a few more weeks before I know more about that.

Last year I did not harvest the seed.  I just let it fall with the plants for a natural planting.  That does not appear to work here.  It may be that a few hard freezes pretty much kills the seed.  We are perhaps only a week to a month from a good hard freeze here now, at which time I will have several days of unrelenting work, harvesting both seed and leafy material.  Today, I harvested a lot of unripe seed stalks for further experimentation.  Then I tore up half the plants I had clipped and threw them to the rabbits.

I know I can eat a half pound of the leafy material day after day without ill effects.  (I should note here that I recently described an incident which was pretty alarming, involving dizziness and falling down and regurgitation).  While I am still speculating what caused that, it certainly wasn't the Shmooo.  I am not doing loading experiments with it now, and haven't been for some months.  Lately, I have been eating only a few leaves to a few dozen on any given day.  I have even gone a week or so without any.

Now, since that rather dramatic incident, I have been eating some of the unripe seed stalks, but very tentatively.  I'm not sure exactly where I put that report.  Maybe over on the fighting for the property thread.  I'm not going to go look for it because my laptop is acting skittish and I don't want to lose what I have written.  But it must be in the last half dozen things in my posts.  I'm still evaluating what that was all about.  My guess is that it has more to do with the stresses of the battle for my house and acreage, which has been going for thirteen months, and could easily go for another year.  Such things do take their toll.
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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #42 on: Saturday March 20, 2010, 12:15:23 AM »
With the world-wide Depression, my interest in rabbits has sharpened a lot.  So much that it needs its' own thread here in nutrition.  So look for it soon.
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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #43 on: Monday April 19, 2010, 08:43:12 PM »
Along with all the Shmooo the rabbits have been eating is a considerable amount of wine and Hard cider that they have been drinking.  It is hard to measure exactly how much they drink and how much leaks from their drink bottles.  But they are drinking more wine and cider than water, and ultimately I may need to cut back on the wine and cider.  Two considerations come to mind.  First, the liver of that New Year's rabbit seemed to me to be considerably larger than I had ever seen before.  Second, I expect that the drinking may have some impact on the viability of potential offspring.  That remains to be seen.  I haven't yet actively been trying to breed them.

I have heard no reports of the cattle used for Kobe beef having difficulty bearing young.  But it could well be that the cattle grown for meat are raised with beer, and the cattle used for breeding purposes are not.  I have determined that rabbits in cool weather do not consume water with any frequency even when it is continuously available to them, when they are fed fresh grasses, clover and weeds.

Not all of the wine and the cider come out tasting ideal to me.  I am using wild airborne yeasts for the fermentation.  As a result, each bottle comes out subtly different.  The batches which strike me as not being perfect tasting for me go to the rabbits.  The principle is, of course, no waste.  My less favored flavors have a use.
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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #44 on: Wednesday October 13, 2010, 03:18:00 AM »
My wife and I have been refugees for about 2 1/2 months now, due to perjury and chicanery during the trial.  My lawyer did none of the key things we had in the works, for reasons that are quite inexplicable to me.  There was some "in chambers" action as well that I was not privy to.  Since the villainy cannot be accurately sorted at this time, I won't be writing further about it on the other thread.  I still make some wine, since it is economical, and since I have generated some new notions.  It turns out that it is possible to ferment wines without even the wild yeasts that I have been using.  All one needs are the appropriate enzymes produced by those yeasts.  Go figure.
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Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Reply #45 on: Monday November 25, 2019, 11:31:19 AM »
A few weeks ago, I had to make a sudden trip to California.  When I get caught up with some of the things which I left unattended here in the jungle, I will be saying more about the trip in the Miscellany thread in the section Let Me Introduce Myself.  I had to travel light and cheap.  I took a train.  First Passenger train I have been on in more than seventy years.  In my youth, I rode the freights during the 1950's when I had no other available options, but it was fraught with risks I did not take lightly.

In any case, I had heard from some of my friends who had some travel experience by passenger train, that one of the big expenses would be food in the dining car or the other vending options, if I did not provide for myself.  I was allowed two bags at 50 pounds each, and I use a cane.  Something had to give.  I made the suitcase and satchel add up to a combined 50 pounds, a saving of 50 pounds.  That made the project doable again.  I was even able to take three books (my absolute minimum for a three day trip). 

In the satchel were a dozen boiled eggs, still in their shells and in the carton.  Along with this were  four 20 oz plastic coke bottles filled with poontang pudding, fermented to perhaps 3 or 4%.  Ingredients: dried cranberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, concord grape juice and yeast from the air.  I suspect I saved $100 going and another $100 returning, and perhaps another $60
saved each way buying half a dozen burritos from a recommended street vendor in El Paso station.  She did magic with those burritos.  Via con Dios, senora.
 
Another salubrious detail: On the morning of my departure, I had had an oral surgeon remove the remaining broken and isolated teeth from my lower jaw and surgically repair my mangled frenum.
I was, in other words, newly toothless and bleeding in spite of the surgeons splendid stitchery on my departure.  For the remainder of this saga, and other stories, go to the thread miscellany in the section, Let Me Introduce Myself... maybe in a few days. 
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