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March 25th, 2016 by Off The Grid
brewing beer off grid

Today on the Off The Grid Podcast we try something different. Instead of simply audio I have a video PART 1 OF 3 brewing chocolate peanut butter beer last year on the Rocket Stove. It was indeed a strange brew! Up until this point a majority of the podcast episodes have been primarily audio. Yes I have been working on posting shows here and there in video format for those of you wanting to actually see whats going on but today marks the start of something new.. video episodes. So if you have been following the show for a while and heard me mention a few times about the video making and brewing chocolate peanut butter beer off grid hopefully this will be a treat for you. Today’s video was recorded last October as I was making / brewing beer off grid that I named “Off Grid Brew”. I have been making beer, wine, and mead for about 3 years now. This micro brew turned out to be a very special Chocolate Peanut Butter beer indeed. When you have now power or running water things can be challenging when it comes to making something like this. The fact that I the temperatures fluctuated from 50 or so degrees at night to about 80 degrees during the day had me a little worried about just how it might affect the yeast. For a month I waited patiently as the saying rang true.. only time will tell. If you like this video please stay tuned and check out the future videos as well. This was only part 1. If you would like to learn more about the brewing process and what all went into making this chocolate peanut butter beer please check out these shows:

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Video can tell and show a lot more than audio alone.
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October 13th, 2015 by Off The Grid
bottling some chocolate peanut butter beer

The Off Grid Brew is now bottled! After 3 weeks of brewing this very special batch of chocolate peanut butter beer it was time to bottle this rare delicacy dubbed my strange brew. If you are a regular listener of the podcast you know that most of the beer brewing process was covered in the last episode for the most part. Last weeks show Episode 60: Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer Off Grid on the Rocket Stove! can be heard by clicking on the link. Today’s show is all about bottling this very special October treat!bottling chocolate peanut butter beer

The weather was beautiful out here off the grid on Saturday making for a very pleasant day to bottle the chocolate peanut butter beer. As I woke up the sun was bathing the camper while the gentle song of crickets and birds said it was time to get up! This was a day I had been looking forward to for the last few weeks. This strange off grid brew had been brewing in my closet shielded from the sun and it was now time to bring everything outside to bottle it. I started by firing up the rocket stove making breakfast. Multitasking was a big part of the day’s agenda because there was a lot to do in order to get the chocolate peanut butter beer bottled. Between making breakfast, getting the coals going on the rocket stove, sterilizing the bottles, setting up a work area, and moving the camera to record a LOT of video for the new YouTube channel it was a busy day!bottling some chocolate peanut butter beer

If you have been listening to the podcast you know that I have been catching the episodes up to get them current as opposed to months behind like in the beginning. With the hurried excitement from the hurricane along with 2 shows posted same day I made a mistake in posting the Off Grid Podcast episodes out of order. So if your wondering why today’s podcast episode about bottling the off grid chocolate peanut butter beer is being posted RIGHT after the very last brewing episode that is why. Yup.. with the recording and excitement from bottling the Off Grid brew it seems as though we are all caught up! The bottles of chocolate peanut butter beer will still need a few weeks to become carbonated but for now I can finally take a deep breath and relax knowing with the completion of today’s episode of Off The Grid podcast the show is current. Ironically it would have been nice to celebrate the moment with a nice bottle of my off grid brew but hey there is always next time! lol Do you have any tips or pointers to share about brewing beer or wine? If so please help me out because although I have been a home brewer for a few years now I am smart enough to know that I am still a beginner. lol Also I am still searching for a name for this strange off the grid brew. What would you call it? Can you help me name this special Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer? If you have a good name please share by posting below here in today’ comment section. Many times the skills you learn will not only improve your quality of life but also develop you as a person in by simply exercising your brain to think. Until next time you guys stay safe and consider trying or learning something new.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Making quality “anything” takes a lot of time and effort but it is always well worth it.
  • Do you have a good name for my Off Grid Brew? I need your help coming up with a cool name for the beer!
  • The article about the experiments done on Thoughts and Water.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
October 8th, 2015 by Off The Grid
brewing beer off the grid

With the cooler weather on the way I though now was a good time to brew some Chocolate Peanut Butter beer out here off the grid on the rocket stove! If you are a regular listener you know that I while I do have “power” via the solar panels I do not have a way of storing that power. If your a home brewer then you know that a good climate controlled environment is a big part to correctly brewing beer or wine. Out here off grid that can be a little challenging to say the least! Now that fall is officially brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 1here and the temperatures have been more manageable I figured if I was going to brew any beer this year now was the time. Carpe Diem! I don’t brew beer or wine but about once or twice a year and with the temp dropping it was time for some Off Grid Brew!

Daytime temperatures have been in the 70 – 80 degree range. Night time temps get down to about upper 50s to lower 70s. The average temperatures in this area are about perfect for home brewing beer or wine out here because I don’t have power. Power would allow me to heat or cool anytime when needed to create a controlled environment for the chocolate peanut butter beer. Here off grid the temperature fluctuates because whatever the temp is during the day / night is what it is all the brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 2time. Most of the time when your doing something like this its in a controlled environment. A gas powered turkey fryer would have been ideal but was not an option. I did however have my trusty faithful rocket stove! So I fired up the rocket stove as the sun was going down.

Wood smoke filled the air once again out here in my tiny piece of heaven. I was in an out of the camper trying to sterilize everything and at the same time feeding the rocket stove building the coals. The rocket stove was hungry because in order to get the water boiling I was feeding a steady pace of twigs and branches. I added the chocolate and caramel grains into the water to steep. Then I added some crushed peanuts and raw coco. For those not familiar with home brewing steeping is kind of brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 3like making beer tea before it begins to ferment. As the flames tamed down on the rocket stove I kept an eye on the temperature of the future chocolate peanut butter off grid brew. As steam gracefully rose from the steeping grains, peanuts, and chocolate coco the coals began to accumulate inside the rocket stove. Steadily adding branches to maintain a good temp after about an hour I stoked the flames a little higher bringing the brew to a boil.

A friend suggested that I try adding half of the hopps in the beginning, the other half about 30 minutes in, and the last bit of hopps at the very end (about 2 min.). After loosely following a basic porter recipe and adding my own flare with the chocolatebrewing chocolate peanut butter beer 4 peanut butter it was time to cool things down so the yeast could be added. There was only one small problem. I do not have power here off the grid so that meant no way of refrigerating water to cool things down. I added several gallons of “room temperature” water but it was still sitting at 120 degrees. After about 3 or 4 hours I was ready for bed and could not keep my eyes open any longer. At about 3 o’clock in the morning I checked the temp of the chocolate peanut butter brew. Amazingly enough it was still a very warm 100.5 degrees. So I decided to pitch the yeast despite the very warm temp. Keep in mind that this was an English Ale Yeast. The package said to pitch the yeast (add the yeast) at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F. If your any good at math you know that is about a 30 degree difference.. NOT good! The following night to my surprise it was bubbling / fermenting. I would not recommend trying this but this is what I had to work with. Being that today’s podcast was all about brewing the chocolate peanut butter beer you can count on a follow up show. As you know these episodes of Off The Grid Podcast are almost caught up. If you want to hear about the secondary fermentation part of this off grid brew listen to Episode 56: Major Show UPDATE, Hanging out, Seasoning Cast Iron, & Making Beer. I have been home brewing for a few years now and each time I try to create something unique and different.

I need your help! I am searching for a cool name for my first “Off Grid Brew”. It is brewing now with wonderful flavors and aroma of raw coco chocolate, peanut butter, hints of caramel, and subtle undertones of vanilla. When it was boiling it smelled like a giant batch of hot chocolate. For the most part this is going to be a chocolate peanut butter beer. It was made on the rocket stove out here off the grid with the inviting smell of a campfire under the stars of a new moon sky. Against all odds the amazing English Ale yeast survived after being pitched at 100 degrees (30-35 degrees hotter). It may sound funny to some but I went up on top of the camper and sent some positive energy to the package of yeast ( see Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research on thought and vibrations on the molecular structure of water ). Every day I have been sending positive thoughts and energy to this strange off grid brew. I have also been literally sending good vibrations with headphones playing tones from the Solfeggio frequencies. Have I painted a good enough picture for you yet? Got ideas for a unique name for this beer? If you have an idea or few please post in today’s show notes below! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: You can brew beer on a Rocket Stove.. even if you have no power!
  • Do you have a good name for my Off Grid Brew? I need your help coming up with a cool name for the beer!
  • If your looking for more info on home brewing check this podcast episode out on The Survival Podcast
  • Here is a link to an article about the experiments done with Thoughts and Water.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please tell a friend about the podcast 🙂
September 29th, 2015 by Off The Grid
seasoning cast iron dutch oven

As the title suggests today’s podcast is ushering in the new season of fall with a seasoning cast iron skilletsmajor show update in number of weekly episodes for Off The Grid Podcast along with some new additions yet to come. I started recording episodes back in February documenting my journey from living an average suburban lifestyle to here in a little camper off the grid. If you have been following the show these episodes have been posted 5 days a week for about the last 3 months. Now that podcast episodes are pretty much up to date its time for fun projects to begin right in line withe the start of fall weather. The edge of summer heat just gave way no long ago and for the first time this year I was able to enjoy an entire weekend here off the grid.

My brother and I had been planing to get together and he was wanting to check out the off grid camper. My brother and I hung out this weekend catching up on old chopping away stumptimes, cooked out on the rocket stove, built a good fire, and seasoned a lot of cast iron cookware. Despite having rained all weekend we made the best of it and just enjoyed the down time away from it all. It literally rained all day Friday, all day Saturday, and eased up on Sunday as he sunshine finally wrestled free from the clouds. We put up a good sized canopy tent shielding us from the rain making for a cool place to hangout. Building a nice campfire while enjoying the sights & smells of wood smoke was a relaxing bonus to combat the rainy day. Once the fire got going we added all of the cast iron cookware. Cooking with cast iron is always good and once in a while they need to be re-seasoned. Swapping out a cast iron skillet, dutch oven, and cast iron pan over several hours enjoying the smell of good campfire was really nice as the sun went down. Sunday the sun managed to start winning the battle with the clouds above as my brother headed out. brewing beer fermentationHopefully he had a great time here off the grid!

After my brother headed out I got to working on the fermentation of my new “Off Grid” brew. (Spoiler Alert) ~ Last week I recorded an episode on brewing beer. The brewing beer Episode will be posted very soon. As the sun went down and the Super Moon graced the night sky I get everything out for the second half of fermenting my batch of chocolate peanut butter off grid beer. This is indeed a very special batch of beer because not only is it the first beer I have brewed off the grid (on a rocket stove by the way) but it is also being made during a very rare celestial event. The second fermentation of this brewing process was done during a lunar eclipse blood moon. Will it make a difference brewing beer during a full moon? I honestly don’t brewing beer fermentation 2know but one thing is for sure this is going to be a very special Off Grid Brew no matter what! Speaking of which.. if any of you listening have a good idea or few I am asking for your help to name this special batch of Off Grid beer. It is being made with chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and vanilla bean extracts so the flavor profile should be quite interesting to say the least! Do you have a cool or unusual idea to help me come up with a name for this brew? Please post in here in today’s episode with your ideas 🙂

Yes I like to do a lot of cool stuff here off the grid and learning to be more self sufficient in having the ability to garden, preserve your own food, make your own deodorant, soap, hunt, and learning new skills is always a plus. Invest in yourself. You can’t go wrong learning new “old skills” because you are investing in yourself. It will always pay benefits when you learn to do something new for yourself.. and others as well. Everybody stay safe and enjoy the ride! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Invest in yourself, learn something new, and enjoy a weekend camping even if raining!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please tell a friend about the podcast 🙂
October 12th, 2016 by Off The Grid
hurricane firewood

With this being Hurricane Season for the east coast of USA that means that my little off grid camper can be in the path anytime one is headed to Virginia. Hurricane Matthew just grazed our area out this way and it was a bit of a mini adventure for couple of days! If you have been a long time listener you have no doubt heard me preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes in the past. This area is about overdue for a good strong hurricane. Luckily this time the off grid camper made it through just fine. Very little if anything was out of place. I noticed a branch from my garden fence was down although that could have simply been nature itself telling me it was time to replace it. Now that the sun has once again broken free of the clouds and the birds are out chirping most everything is back to normal.

As you may know I have a nighttime delivery job. A few nights ago that meant I was out in my 4Runner driving in torrential downpours as hurricane Matthew was gaining full steam for this area. Before you ask yourself what were you doing out there?!?! I am and will always do my best to be extra cautious on the roads.. especially when the weather is severe! As I left the off grid camper heading to work with extra food, water, snacks, and essentials I took time to drive slower than normal observing the road along the way.free firewood from hurricane It was still daylight and some roads were completely covered in water. Still very passable but 100% covered none the less. This was one of many signs that this time our area was about to get some serous rain from hurricane Matthew. As the few short hours went on I took a few deliveries and took note how quickly the roads were really turning hazardous. As I mentioned in the Off The Grid podcast I saw one car drive into deep water only to stall out with the engine and most likely floorboards flooding. This is yet another time I found myself ever grateful to now have a 4wd that had more clearance than most from the road! I was very very grateful!

The very next day I was fortunate enough toaxe handle firewood be back out driving again finding lots of firewood on my way. The sun was now shining as the cooler winds reminded everyone in the area that the storm had only just been here hours before. By the end of the night I wound up with a full truck full of firewood. A good portion of which was already cut down to size. All I needed to do was split some firewood. By the way as a side note there is something very satisfying about splitting your own firewood! Needless to say once again I was grateful to have been presented the opportunity for free firewood along the side of the road.. even if it was the result of a nasty little storm that rocked this area for a day or so.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When opportunity presents itself in the form of natural resources be ready! It can save you a lot of time and work by being a huge time saver.
  • Here is the link to the Episode with the Video while Brewing Beer off grid.If you want to see more podcast episodes about this “strange off grid brew” check out brewing beer on the Rocket Stove.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!
October 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid
hurricane matthew

If you live on the east coast of the US then no doubt the weather has been on your mind. With hurricane Matthew making its way up the coast heading my way has me back on my game getting things down and securing loos items outside. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti as a category 4. This brought with it seriously damaging winds and rain to that area. As the storm makes its way up toward Virginia (where my off grid camper is located) I find myself still procrastinating a bit. None the less I don’t have a lot to move around out of the wind’s unpredictable 100 mph gusts. Why is this an important thing to keep in mind? When you are facing severe hurricane winds objects that are not secured down can potentially be very dangerous projectiles. Combine this with the fact that I live in a close to 40 year old camper and that means only have two options. Simply put its time to either bug in or bug out! After living off grid for a little over a year now the fact that the windows all look original makes me feel better. Why you may ask? Well if the off grid camper is close to 40 years old then chances are it has seen its fair share of crazy storms!.. and the camper is still in good shape for its age. Time will tell but as I type this it looks like hurricane Matthew is loosing some steam and may head out to sea. If it heads out to sea that will more than likely mean a couple of days of rain and wind with minimal damage. Fingers crossed! Thank you for listening and if you have something to share please email me! i would love to hear from you 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life is short. When major events in your personal life take place try to learn as much as you can and make the best with the time you have.
  • Here is the link to the Episode with the Video while Brewing Beer off grid.If you want to see more podcast episodes about this “strange off grid brew” check out brewing beer on the Rocket Stove.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!
February 26th, 2016 by Off The Grid
drive thru tree

The last couple of days have been the opposite of “tame” when it comes to weather out here in the off grid camper. Over the years living in Virginia you just kind of get used to numerous storms and hurricanes. The last two days we have had some very strong winds, thunderstorms, rain, and yup a tornado or few from what mystorm damage outside camper co-workers told me the next day. The featured picture for this show was of the tree that fell over during the storm yesterday. Driving back to the camper after a day of strong winds and rain I knew I had to make one of two choices in a split second. Option 1 stop driving on the now slightly flooded, muddy, and slick path, and get stuck in the mud.. or Option 2 keep driving and simply plow right through the fallen tree. I chose Option 2.. vroom vroom clunk crunch woohoo I made it! lol 🙂 The other picture here is of some thing that were outside the off grid camper. Yes the strong winds did break some of this. Luckily most of the severe weather missed me out here in the camper though.

If you have been following the Off The Grid Podcast recently you know that I have been working on something special for episode 100. After exploring several options to broadcast a live show while weighing the pros and cons of each I have decided to go with Periscope. What is that you may be asking? Periscope is an app that can easily be downloaded to your phone an also tune in on their website as well. In case you are wondering you will not only be able to watch live video but you can also type your questions / comments live too! Yes show 100 will be a live broadcast and thanks to one of the listener’s recommendations I will be using Periscope to make it happen. Thanks Brian!! I would love for you to be a part of episode 100 so please join us this Sunday at 5, 6, and 7 PM eastern standard time. I know this may be short notice for the first live broadcast for Off The Grid Podcast so I am honestly curious to see how this will goes! lol

Three emails came in for today’s listener feedback segment of the Thursday Off The Grid Podcast. I won’t spoil it for you but here are a few details if you have not listened. Steve emailed and was curious about how my Chocolate Peanut Butter beer turned out. If you missed it here is a link to the 3 shows ~ Episode 61: Bottling the Strange Brew, Episode 60 Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer, and Episode 56: Making Beer. Brian emailed with a tip on what I will be using for live broadcasting here for the show. Please see the link below about Periscope to tune in and follow all future live shows (and view past live videos). This last email came in from Pat. He asked about this years garden and also shared a good observation. I did not realize it at the time but this was a tough one for me. Why you ask? Well ironically I have been keenly aware of the fact that I need to “focus” going forward more so this last week. Pat’s email was really cool because in a way it was kind of like the universe was reminding me that focusing was something I really need to focus on! If you have ever really taken a good look in the mirror then you know that facing some of your own “stuff” from time to time can be challenging to say the least. It is always for the best and I really appreciate it that he was brave enough to point that out. Thanks man! There was a lot more to these emails but I have to save something for the show so if you have not already take a listen! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you have a lot going on try to focus and get it done!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Is there more you ask? YES! Check out Live video broadcasts on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!