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by Tropheus
Tue May 16, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Zombie's Across the Border
Replies: 104
Views: 26765

Re: Zombie's Across the Border

Cool. A few detail errors such as they spontaneously lost a woman and gained another dude and those chairs just keep getting pricier but good info. Without an armored or very powerful vehicle I don't know if I would be heading back into civilization. You guys get bearcats or MRAPs out there? I would...
by Tropheus
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Keeping the toilet running while bugging in....
Replies: 43
Views: 8814

Re: Keeping the toilet running while bugging in....

On a similar note, septic systems in my area have our drain fields elevated due to ground water levels. If they were under normal ground levels they would always be submerged, well probably not now since we have had real rain in six months but anyway. Our septic systems consist of three parts. The p...
by Tropheus
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Zombie's Across the Border
Replies: 104
Views: 26765

Re: Zombie's Across the Border

They would have constant comms if things are working with National Law Enforcement Communications Center which handles all the various sectors as a dispatch center if local is down. Talking to one of those dispatchers would provide more on the ground info than a commissioner in DC. El Paso is pretty...
by Tropheus
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Come read this book I'm working on
Replies: 19
Views: 4070

Re: Come read this book I'm working on

Reading it now. My first real beef. Everything is frozen, she did some test fire to see if they reacted, no problem. Common sense would be to save ammo and go out with pick axes or other tools from hardware and just start cracking heads while they are frozen in place. They could clear the entire are...
by Tropheus
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

I start the clock when I make it which might or might not be the correct way of doing it but I haven't heard any complaints. Mead making is a very general process, there are many ways to do it but its still the same thing.There's people on some of the boards who waaaaay over technicalize a multi-mil...
by Tropheus
Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

Mead is meant to be aged in most cases for a minimum of a year for common meads. More in depth meads should be aged for more. Its not beer, do not treat it as such. I have 2 three year meads aging currently along with a quick one year mead. Drinking it before its ready gives you those bad tastes out...
by Tropheus
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

Just started a Polish Great mead maybe three weeks ago. I did an initial rack since I was racking another mead at the same time, Polish Great Mead half water, half honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, a clove, sherry yeast. Tasted excellent yesterday. I racked it, removed the spices, added a small amount of oak...
by Tropheus
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

I am not sure how much you are making but typical cyser for me is exact same recipe for mead, with apple juice instead of water, no concentrate. I also do it the traditional method and boil it all together. I thought cinnamon sticks were mandatory for any drink involving apples :P
by Tropheus
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

Picked up that book Kathy mentioned, "Making Unusual Wild Wines and Meads, 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & More" by Pattie Vargas and Rich Gulling. Its a very good low tech book on the subject. Its also of the boil the honey too mantra heheh. I love picking up new odd recipes, ev...
by Tropheus
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

A Scadian from a different school. I know what my next 5 gal. project is. Thanks for the link, Ill have to hunt him down at an event some time and tell him thanks for posting such a stupidly simple recipe.
by Tropheus
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

I have been doing a little research to figure out a few more recipes and figured out a few things we don't even really think about in the SCA when we brew. Holy crap you guys add all kinds of extra crap to your meads outside spices, water and honey. We do the occasional clarifying agents like eggshe...
by Tropheus
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

Yes. It gets the impurities out of the process and brings it to the top and mixes everything together better. You have to stir it and there is no worries about burning. I haven't noticed any loss of taste, I have tried both ways in the past. Its historically accurate as well.
by Tropheus
Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mead Making
Replies: 139
Views: 15710

Re: Mead Making

I normally make a Cyzer substituting apple juice for water. My own personal method for making mead is how I was taught in the SCA. Obviously sanitize things well. 1. Pour spring water/apple juice into a large pot along with a gallon of honey***. Note that I do 5 gallon batches. Bring it to a boil. N...
by Tropheus
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: LA K12 Puma Semi Auto Shotgun
Replies: 10
Views: 2168

Re: LA K12 Puma Semi Auto Shotgun

Very cool shotgun. I look forward to hearing reviews when they appear so I guess someone has to bite the bullet and pick on up first. Could be a good replacement for the SAIGA which I think is still on O-beezy's non-import list. Its in the same cost band as a Saiga, looks much cooler and is a stock ...
by Tropheus
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 4832

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

Note I didn't write this "Tropheus wrote: "The popular image of "anarchy" is another lie, an elitist caricature of lower class people as stupid and randomly dangerous, mindless and incomprehensible like a tornado. In reality, in the Rodney King riots, people were intelligent enough to not harm the K...
by Tropheus
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 4832

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

@Mampfies- I have some issues with a lot of that article. I think the author intentionally rose colored goggled much of that. Expense will not lead to the shutdown of the Grid, nor are most people worried about a slow grid shutdown. What people are concerned about is a complete grid down event be it...
by Tropheus
Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?
Replies: 89
Views: 5374

Re: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?

Generally speaking, if you are defending from your house, you already lost. Defending property requires a layered defense and would require more people than most families generally have available(unless you are the Duggers). Working with neighbors is the only realisitic defense. Given time any attac...
by Tropheus
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 4832

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

A full scale EMP attack or large solar based EMP strike like what almost hit two years ago would be far worse and faster. A study by NASA a few years back just on the East coast had 1/3 of the population dead inside a month, most in the second week. It really depends on the season, up north in Winte...
by Tropheus
Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from FL
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Hello from FL

Army infantry type here coasting out my last years in the Air Guard before retiring. Lurked on the board for awhile mostly looking at firearm stuff. I loving shooting and modding weapons, collecting fruit trees, brewing alcohol from those fruit trees, and reading about stuff like this. My wife says ...
by Tropheus
Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?
Replies: 89
Views: 5374

Re: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?

Depending on if I was a loner or part of a group of raiders, if in charge it would be the same. A lone farmhouse has no chance. With a good common rifle like a Remington 700 or a Garand, even a half-ass shooter could lay in cover and shoot the occupants over the space of a few days. With decent reco...

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