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Growing Mushrooms: Sterilizing with Hydrated Lime

Happy 2017 folks! I hope you all enjoyed as much of 2016 as you possibly could; I know for certain that it was quite the year for me. Lots of changes were lingering underfoot that managed to push their way to the surface. I have been extraordinarily busy the last 9 months, as is evident due to the lack of posts that I have been writing, although I’ll have you know that I would have much preferred to have had the time to do so. (more…)

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Yarrow Metheglin: Tasting Notes

I can’t believe that it took me this long to get back into mead making. We’re talking at least a couple of years, which is considerably longer than what I would have preferred. Upon having my first glass of this ferment, which is brewed with no more than ‘one handful’ of dried yarrow herb I am pleasantly surprised by how much I missed mead and didn’t notice. I totally let mead making slide and am firmly committing to not letting that happen. I encourage you all to hold me accountable. (more…)

Foraging Fun: Flammulina velutipes

Judging from the featured photo above you probably wouldn’t believe me if I were to tell you that these are ekokitake mushrooms, the exact same species as can be found in a wide variety of traditional east Asian dishes. However, I am most certainly not in any position here as an educator of sorts to be misleading anyone, especially when it comes to wild mushrooms, as there is a very good reason for that. The above photo depicts that average habit of wild enokitake and not the cultivated form. Allow me to explain.. (more…)