kombucha

Is Kombucha Good For You? The Surprising Benefits of Fermented Tea

Is kombucha actually healthy? Or is it simply another health fad, like coconut oil, kale, or acaí? Humans have enjoyed this fermented tea for thousands of years, starting in China and moving throughout the world. Surprisingly, given this long history of kombucha consumption, little scientific research has looked into the health effects of this drink.  Clinical Studies on Kombucha Health …

Florist’s Field Guide: Post-Harvest Care of Cut Flowers

Image by Daria Yakoleva from Pixabay Nothing brightens up a room quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, once a flower’s stem is cut, the wilting process begins. However, it’s possible to keep flowers alive and healthy after being cut. Water and refrigeration allow them to continue to grow and even bloom after being cut.  A vase of freshwater …

Backyard Hobby Grows into Full Time Winery

When Ryan Pedvin went away to college at Sonoma State University to study pre-law and philosophy, his dad had jokingly suggested he learn how to grow a vineyard, too. His dad, who lives in Upland, California (about an hour east from LA), had about ¾ of an acre of unused land on his property. “I didn’t really take him all …

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IBU Beer Scale: Ins & Outs of Bitter Beer

Neither salty nor sweet, we describe bitterness with all sorts of colorful words: harsh, astringent, sharp, pungent, acrid. It is one of the four basic taste sensations we describe through our languages. Say you were to bite down into some dandelion greens – your tastebuds, sensory cells connected to nerve fibers, quickly alert your brain. In total, there are about …

Cured meat

How Long Does Cured Meat Last?

Cured meat seems like a terrific counter to meat’s limited shelf life. But how long does it actually last? Here we’ll dig deep into the process of curing meat, why it works as a method of preservation, and learn how long cured meat lasts. What Is Cured Meat? Essentially, cured meat is a way of increasing the product’s shelf life. …

Billowing Blooms Business Blossoms With Additional Turnkey CoolBot Cooler

Before moving to the United States, Arash Esmaeili owned his own florist business in Costa Rica for about fifteen years. When he relocated to Texas from Central America, it took him some time to get back into the industry. Getting accustomed to different industry standards and climate restrictions took some getting used to, but after working with several local florists, …

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How to Use a Fermentation Airlock

Fermentation is both an art and a science. As with any art or science, it requires the proper tools to execute successfully. A fermentation airlock is an essential piece of equipment for any home-brewer to know how to use. Fortunately, they are cheap and easy to figure out! Is a Fermentation Airlock Necessary? Some types of fermentation require airlocks and …

Carol Ptak Talks Success During Covid At Gryphon Ranch

“Behind every successful rancher, there’s a wife that works in town,” laughs Carol Ptak, claiming that is every rancher’s unofficial motto. Carol is delightfully voluble, charismatically imparting her wisdom upon us regarding the local cattle ranching industry and how it’s been affected by the pandemic. She’s bright and energetic, describing how Gryphon Ranch, a modest cattle ranch in the Arizona …

Our Most Unique CoolBot Build Yet: Matt Aderhold’s Silo

Matt Aderhold transitioned from his career in residential homebuilding construction to inside sales of construction equipment about six years ago. Now he manages a large rental fleet of heavy machinery and sells supplies, which grants him more benefits than his previous work. Growing up in South Dakota, Matt has been an avid hunter his entire life, since about the age …