gopro epi 128
July 15th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join me today as I try something different by working around outside the off grid camper and in the garden with my new GoPro. The GoPro is unique in that it alwoes the viewer of these videos to see a different perspective than most video camera angles.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Looking at life through a different lens or angle can be interesting. 🙂
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brewing beer off grid
March 25th, 2016 by Off The 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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moving off grid rocket stove
November 11th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Nothing fancy just moving the Rocket Stove closer to the off grid camper so it will be easier to cookout this winter. I will also probably be building a cover overhead as well. The rocket stove works out great for any off grid cooking if you like to cookout or find yourself wanting a small grill. It is super efficient and you can use any small twigs or branches you find in your travels. The Rocket Stove is also great for camping when you want to skip buying coal or any other cooking fuel.

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: You can always improve upon the placement of your outdoor kitchen area! lol
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brewing beer off the grid
October 8th, 2015 by 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.
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cowboy pizza
October 6th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you tuned in for Friday’s Off The Grid Podcast I was getting ready for a hurricane. I off grid rocket stovecelebrated the storm by cast iron cooking out on the rocket stove with a new recipe.. Cowboy Pizza!! We were supposed to get 6 – 12 inches of rain along with some strong wind. Keep in mind that all of this was in addition to the 7 straight days of rain that this area just soaked up so the ground was all set for some trees to fall down. Nothing really happened though. As always it best to be prepared and this turned out to be a very good exercise in prepping. Over the last year I really thinned my belongings down a lot and this included food storage as well. Timing for this weekend worked out really well for making good use of the time indoors and out on the rocket stove for viddles! lol 🙂

“Some people feel the rain and others just get wet.”

Friday night I got in really late after picking up a bag of ice for the off grid refrigeratorcowboy pizza jalapenos because I still have no power here in the camper. It was raining.. SCRATCH that.. it was pouring cats and dogs! I did my best but still got soaked by the time I got off grid to the camper. Saturday proved to be pretty mild compared to what the weather man was calling for. Most of the day was spent inside the camper cleaning up, sorting stuff, rearranging, and going through a cool box of food my brother brought out the weekend before (it rained the whole weekend too). Mid afternoon I decided to venture out to the grocery store for cooking out on the rocket stove grill with a new recipe I wanted to try called Cowboy Pizza. I fired up the rocket stove, grabbed a cast iron skillet, and started cast iron coking here off the grid. Yup. I celebrated the storm by having my very own hurricane party all by my self! lol With the smell of wood smoke surfing on the wind I began to relax. I know I mention the rocket stove a lot but I love cooking out on it. When you cook a Cowboy Pizza with a good old cast iron skillet then your truly cast iron cooking! 🙂 Do you have a mouth watering recipy I could try out here on the grill? I would love to try it out here on the Off The Grid Podcast.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Always be prepared with the ability cook a good meal out on the grill!
  • If you want to try making a Cowboy Pizza for yourself get the recipe on the Cast Iron Cooking page!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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cooking on rocket stove grill
September 15th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today or um tonight’s episode was recorded late one evening about 11 o’clock off the grid while cooking with a cast iron Dutch Oven on the grill. I was a little tired so if my energy was low that was why. The days here in the camper have been flying by really fast and fall is on the way. With the fire going on my off grid grill (rocket stove) I put a small 12 inch grate over the top so I could use my Dutch Oven to cook dinner. Tonight’s cast iron cooking menu featured smoked sausage Jumbolia with fresh peppers, onions, raw honey, and yummy spices! If you have been following the Off Grid Podcast you know that I love to cook. Once I get the power issue straight I will be cooking a lot more so if you have a good recipe to share I would love to try it! You can check out something new on the Cast Iron Cooking page. Do you have a really good recipe to share with everyone or that I can try? If so please contact me!

As I enjoyed the refreshing night air with the scent of wood smoking on the rocket stove grill I stopped from time to time to admire the heavens above. Because this is off the grid in mother natures back yard I also paused from time to time to listen to all the wild insects and animals teaming in the surrounding forest. Reflecting back on the last few days I have not been getting much done recently in the off grid camper but tonight I was going to eat good! Earlier in the night a very small and very cute baby owl flew right over my car as I was pulling up landing on a branch just long enough to say hello. 🙂 Tonight’s episode was recorded back in mid August. Podcast shows should be up to date withing about a month.. just in time for the cooler weather lol. This means more cast iron cooking outside!! Whoo hoo!! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Whether your aware of it or not your energy level will drop if you do not eat!
  • Eat good, try a recipe, share a recipe, send in a recipe of your own and check out Cast Iron Cooking.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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cooking rocket stove
August 31st, 2015 by Off The Grid

If your like me you love your cast iron. I was enjoying a spectacular night under the stars while cooking some “viddles” off the grid on the rocket stove! Viddels is a funny way of saying FOOD if you didn’t catch that 😛 lol. Cooking off grid with a good old fashioned cast iron skillet on the rocket stove here under a brilliant night sky was as good as it gets! I had only been out here in the camper for about a month now but time was flying so fast. This opportunity to simply slow down for a late night skylight dinner anticipating the satisfaction of a full belly was a good one. Making the best with my time when trying to simultaneously get things done rebuilding the camper and needing to prepare for winter meant any time cooking on the grill would be appreciated!

cooking ecozoom rocket stoveOut here off the grid mosquitoes are huge! Compared to the pesky ones I was used to these were about 2 – 3 times larger. Seriously! Yes off grid mosquitoes can really bug you! On some nights you can almost get carried away.. umm. Ok so I was joking about that last one but yes they are very big and very aggressive! lol So I was all suited up with blue jeans, a light long sleeve shirt, an LED headlamp, and a mosquito net for my head. My only safe zone was close to the fire by the grill where the mosquitoes seemed to view it as an immediate no fly zone. lol

A few years ago I spent the money and got an EcoZoom Rocket Stove. After watching a number of videos over a couple of months I was sold on the big idea in a small package. What is a rocket stove? EcoZoom zoom zoom what!? If your asking coking on ecozoomyourself these questions your not alone so don’t feel left out. A rocket stove is a super efficient “grill” / stove that allows you to use any twigs, small branches, leaves, pine cones, and anything else small you can find in your back yard or nature that will burn for fuel. Once you get the rocket stove going there is virtually no smoke. The little off grid cook stove is so efficient it burns all of the combustible wood gases to. The EcoZoom is a very well made rocket stove. The only down side might be the high cost.. relatively speaking. One of the main factors I took into account became apparent very quickly was the savings in money switching from countless bags of charcoal and the occasional backyard grill replacement to this heavy duty upgrade. If your going off grid or already living off the grid then a rocket stove is a very economical option to grilling and cooking out. If your funds are limited I would strongly suggest making your own out of common bricks or cinder blocks. I will post a video soon and link to it here on how to make a rocket stove out of cinder blocks.. It is super easy!!!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes you need to let yourself enjoy a good cookout and look up at the stars!
  • Learn more about the EcoZoom. I do not make anything off of the link.
  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • 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 help support this journey off grid by telling a friend about the podcast 🙂

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