So my Dad asked if he could take some of the hot-composted wood chip compost I have been making. He’s been up to the farm a few times and has been watching me do my “organic” thing. I think when he saw my compost — and smelled it — he must have been sold. It [...]
Today was supposed to be a farm day… Plant some seeds, feed the worms, clean the chicken pen, etc. So much for that business. Why? Because Anastasia was sitting on my dining room table, calling me to light her up. So I did! After a quick 15 minute assembly, this little gasification unit was ready. [...]
I was pleasantly surprised when my UPS Store account sent an email with a new package notification. I knew what it was, and needless to say, I flew down to pick it up. Yep! It was Anastasia, alright. When I returned home, I couldn’t help myself. I started to assemble the gasifier and realized that [...]
Hi Readers, I am officially legal to brew fuel alcohol! The government approved my permit in just 19 days. I am impressed. Now I can start investigating mash yields and still designs legally. Stephen
Today, I finished a fairly extensive soil building endeavor. It has been a 6-month process in preparing my soil for the Spring planting. What exactly did I do? First, a little background… I live in Southern California — The high desert to be exact. The climate is harsh, and the soil is harsher. Predominantly made [...]
Hi Readers, Anastasia got her first run today. Here she is with her suction ejector and manometer for pressure measurement: I also added a refractory blanket around the reduction area to keep everything toasty. After a few minutes of tweaking she ran great. The actual startup time for the machine was minimal, 2 minutes approximately. [...]
Hi Readers, I got Anastasia welded together today between jobs. Here she is: The pipe assembly on the left is a startup ejector which uses compressed air to create suction to pull fuel gas out of the gasifier. She still needs insulation between the nozzles and the outlet pipe, but otherwise it’s ready to light. [...]
Hi Readers, I was able to get some barn time in today and I have just about finished our newest gasifier. This is a “microfier” made of 2 inch pipe. I affectionately refer to it as “Anastasia”. This machine will be our simplest, cheapest gasifier. Since there is no better teacher than hands on experience, this [...]
Hi Readers, My exploits in corn mash are a flop so far. I placed 75g of Early Riser corn seed in a petri dish, added 1/8″ of water, and after a week and a half the seeds still haven’t germinated. The germination is what will produce the enzyme amylase to convert the starches in the [...]
I will have to ask for a little latitude from my readers. I freely admit that I am still figuring out the blogging and posting world.
The mash is brewing.