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Container Gardening Vegetables for Beginners

In this companion article to our video on City Steading Garden and Grow we will talk about container gardening. The specifics on how to choose and prepare containers for your garden as well as some other helpful tips and tricks will be covered. How to choose the right container Size- In this case, yes size does matter. Most often, the bigger the better. You want […]

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Organic Aphid Control at Home

Aphids, also known as greenflies or plant lice are tiny, less than 1/4″ long. They range in color from light green, black, white, brown. gray or yellow. They suck the sap of plants thus weakening and damaging them. They can also spread disease and viruses from plant to plant. They are usually found on the backs of leaves, bases of stems or on flower buds […]

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Tannins and Acids for Brewing

Balance and Mouth Feel Both Tannins and Acids aid greatly to the overall flavor profile of a brew. They add the “sharp” notes or “angles” to the over all “round” flavor of brews. It is important to keep all things in balance. With this in mind, if your brew is high in tannins then it would be a good idea to keep the acidity relatively […]

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Sugars (and brewing with fruit)

Fermentation Most Brewers yeast work on sucrose first, breaking it down into its glucose and fructose componets. They then consume the glucose first, followed by fructose, maltose and finally maltotriose. Of course being that they are live little beasties, they can sometimes behave differently. Most yeast strains are glucophilic, utilizing most of the glucose in the wort before consuming the other monosaccharides. They also ferment […]

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Demystifying Yeast

We did a Brew Talk on the yeasts we use to try to clear up a bit of confusion. We are often asked, “When should I add yeast? What yeast should I use? I followed your recipe exactly but used this completely different yeast instead. Why is my brew different than yours?” These are all good questions, but often challenging to answer properly without going […]

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We did a thing…

Yes, we split the Channel. We had to do it. YouTube’s algorithm was not playing nice. Now if you like our Brewing, watch that here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqgnJOZ4ity3nQL_xe_hGYg/ And if you like our Cooking, watch those here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqjTeB88zqdwT69gdNC-UXw?view_as=subscriber If you like both? Subscribe to both! We’d love that! The Facebook Group, this Website, and everything else is still remaining as is, meaning not splitting! Thanks as always […]

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“How” vs” “Why”

Our YouTube Channel is now seventeen months old. In that time, it’s had 2,283,831 views as of this writing. We have 41,421 subscribers, 22,228,620 minutes of video watched across our 153 videos. I tried to find out how many comments we’ve had, but, there’s no analytic for that. I can approximate it though, as we get about 1 comment or like per 12 views. Being […]

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Oxo Food Mill

Our new Favorite Kitchen Toy!  Yeah yeah, you might not think it’s the sexiest thing going, but OMG we love it! Click to purchase this item on Amazon! If you didn’t see the video on YouTube, here’s a link to our experiences with this product:  https://youtu.be/pY9WbrpZTRM

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Metric vs Imperial, what should I use?

First, it’s simple.  If you live in a place where everyone uses the metric system, you’re likely going to use that.  If you live in a place that -still- uses the Imperial System, you’re stuck using that.  That’s right, I said stuck. Here’s the thing, we live in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.  Our country uses the Imperial Measuring System about 90% of the time, and […]

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Videos to keep an eye out for!

Okay… we have some ideas, and y’all been askin’ for a lot! While we can’t promise to do everything you ask for, we DO want to try! Somethings coming up in the next few weeks in no particular order! Bourbon Bochet Mead Pizza – yes, from scratch, how else do you do it? Yogurt Root Beer Ginger Beer Black Sack Mead Sandwich Bread -never get […]

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