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by dave45
Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Dried Elderflowers for Champagne - yeast?
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Dried Elderflowers for Champagne - yeast?

This is the recipe that I use for Elderflower Champagne: 8 pints of water 1.5lb sugar No added yeast required and can be very POTENT the longer you leave it. If all that sugar gets turned into alcohol I make that about 7.3%. !!! If it doesn't you will have a yucky syrup. And it looks like you are f...
by dave45
Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: Aerogel

yes indeed - compare it to the alternatives "cradle-to-grave" .... I can't believe recycled bottle insulation is particularly good either !
But you also need to compare with the amount of energy you can save with it. All difficult questions to answer unambiguously.
by dave45
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Jerusalem Artichokes
Replies: 24
Views: 1645

Re: Jerusalem Artichokes

I use a long-handled pan-scrubber to clean mine.... I got the tubers off ebay... left them too long before planting, but they still came up... 6 foot high, no flowers. I tried choke chips, but preferred them as water-chestnut substitutes in stir-fries. As chips the middle bits come out too squishy, ...
by dave45
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Terra Preta?
Replies: 8
Views: 630

Re: Terra Preta?

and what are the recommended methods of producing large quantities of biochar?
by dave45
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Terra Preta?
Replies: 8
Views: 630

Terra Preta?

Anyone tried charcoal-enriched earth for veggie growing? What does best in it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_preta
by dave45
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Re: Aerogel

yes - VERY expensive... the wikipedia article gives some idea of the production process - doesn't look particularly poisonous... Aspen Aerogels is the US trade name that comes up from googling. I am at a loss to understand why shedloads of research isn't going into bringing the price of this stuff d...
by dave45
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 7
Views: 1192

Aerogel

Has anyone got any experiences, good or bad, with aerogel insulation in the UK? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerogel I am interested in finding a polycarbonate (?) greenhouse/conservatory roof material with aerogel as the "meat in the sandwich"... to get transparency with insulation. I can...
by dave45
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: DIY lecky
Replies: 19
Views: 2101

Re: DIY lecky

I have been looking in to solar power lately, is it something i can DIY? Any of you built a solar panal? dose it work? how hard was it? Eve Yes I have built my own 36-cell (crystalline) solar panel. And it worked/works I bought broken solar cells mail-order from the USA. First mistake - for the eff...

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