Mike Haasl

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Mike is a homesteader, gardener, engineer, wood worker, blacksmith and most recently a greenhouse designer. He heard about permaculture in 2015 and has been learning ever since.
Northern WI (zone 4)
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Looks like making whipped cream isn't on the list but cream is.  So I took raw milk and skimmed the cream off it.  Then I made ice cream.  I also made whipped cream from some store bought whipping cream as a bonus :)

Recipe for the ice cream is in the picture.  Recipe for cream is to take it off the top of the milk.  I used a turkey baster to remove it.  Recipe for whipped cream is a pint of cream in a quart jar with a table spoon of maple syrup.  Shake till it's whipped cream.

Minimum requirements for this BB:
- Dairy - do two of the following (no duplication - ie. not two butters):
  - Vegan cheese
  - Nut milk
  - Seed milk
  - Hard cheese (counts as two)
  - Butter
  - Powdered milk
  - Yogurt
  - Cream
  - Cottage cheese
  - Ice cream
  - Soft cheeses
  - Kefir
  - Whole milk buttermilk

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
   - give the recipes for each things you are preparing
   - ingredients to make the dairy products
   - making the dairy products
   - finished dairy products (meeting the above stated requirements)
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will clean out the exhaust duct on a clothes dryer.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
   - Clean out the entire duct
   - Clean the outlet
   - Remove lint trap and clean out behind it

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
   - before, during, and after of cleaning out the duct and the area downstream of the lint trap on a clothes dryer
   - before and after of the outlet
   - show and describe what you cleaned the exhaust duct with
11 hours ago
All I can say is...  Holy Fuck!!!

I hadn't done this since we bought the house.  The dryer might be 15 years old so it maybe has never been cleaned.  Very recently it hasn't been working right and putting lots of humidity into the laundry room so I figured I'd do this little job.

Holy Fuck there was a lot of lint in the machine.  Not so much in the duct but... after the lint screen.  Shit balls!

Based on what I found, I'm thinking about editing the BB to require checking more of the dryer.  This was amazing.

I probably got 1-2 cups of lint from the duct.  I think it was mostly at the elbow just after the dryer.  Under/behind the lint screen was somewhere between a quart and half gallon of lint.  I had to remove the plastic guide that holds the lint trap to get enough access to get it all out.  Just had to remove two little screws.

With the dryer running it blows soooo much harder out the exhaust.  I'm very glad I did this BB!

I bought a kit to clean it that had a round 4" brush on a flexible wire, a lint trap brush and an attachment for a vacuum cleaner.

Side note: the duct had detached itself from the back of the dryer which is what caused the humidity in the laundry room.  All fixed now.

Here are the pics:
11 hours ago
The Pullet Shut door closes at dusk (or a set delay after dusk) and then opens again for a few seconds to let the stragglers get in before closing for good.
14 hours ago
Me too, we need a shave horse "build-a-long" this summer...  I'll probably be too busy though :(
15 hours ago
Yeah, I could imagine someone saying they would pay $XX to the first person who "sews a vegan winter coat and proves it can handle the cold" or $YY to the first three people who earn the "build a rocket mass heater" BB.
I agree as well with Carla and Dan.  My canner has a little line near the bottom and I think it's more like an inch from the bottom.  That might be a minimum line though...

After you're done canning, check how much water you lost so that you can adjust in the future or know how close to "running dry" you were.  You will lose more steam with a jiggler weight than with a pressure gauge and the longer/harder it's jiggling, the more steam (and water) you lose.
1 day ago
Looks like it's time for a door with a bit more glass!

Dave de Basque wrote:Also a yes to John's ideas, and a question for Mike -- What is the super-attractive thing that makes Lady Gaga want to drop coin to enter, and everyone else to line up? It's gotta be another layer on top of just truly good food.  

I think you answered it already - scarcity and intrigue.  

Mike Haasl wrote:My solution is a secure coop with an automatic door that leads to a secure run with a manual chicken door on it.  In the summer the auto door lets them into the run at 7am.  When I get around to it, I let them out and they free range all day.  At dusk they come into the coop and the auto door closes them in.  Then I manually close the run door. If I forget then they birds are safe but they get to crow at my bedroom window at 7:01.

This way if we're going on vacation or have a garden tour we can leave them constrained to the run.

I have the "add-a-motor" automatic chicken door which is ok (not great).  I installed a Pullet Shut door for some friends and I liked it a lot.

I was going to do the counterbalanced (chicken operated) door but I'm glad I didn't.  The weight of my flock keeps changing so I'd have to keep rebalancing the system.  

My "add-a-motor" door keeps giving me problems so I just bought a Pullet Shut door.  My friends still love their door so now I'll have one too!
1 day ago