Malt barley

Advanced Brewing: Mashing

Mashing is the process of converting grain starches into sugars that can be used by the yeast in the brewing process. The term applies to “all-grain brewing” which uses crushed malted barley to make the wort (unfermented beer). Though a bit intimidating at first, most homebrewers can master the art of mashing with just a bit of research and practice. …

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Advanced Brewing: Milling Grain

Ready to take your homebrews to the next level? If you’ve already started moving away from extract brewing into the all-grain territory, you might be ready to test the waters of milling grain. Milling your own grain is a great way to get consistent results and finely tailored ingredients for your brew. The process also allows you to control the …

Bashobean Farm Gives ‘Em The (Freshest!) Greens

“Technically we’ve existed since 2019,” Spencer explains, “but we had microgreens even before that.” Both Spencer Riegler and Amanda Bankert, the husband and wife duo behind Bashobean Farm in Manton, Michigan; come from professional careers, but – like most CoolBot customers – craved something more fulfilling.  “Amanda was a counselor, and it was very draining,” says Spencer. “So she spent …

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Why Are There Almost No Spring Hunting Seasons?

Hunting is typically associated with cold, fall weather: perhaps a little snow on the ground, lots of warm layers. Why is fall hunting season, and not spring hunting season, the norm? Why can’t hunters pursue their passion in the spring? Hunting Seasons are Determined by States Each state has its own version of a department that regulates hunting. In California, …

Can I Make Homemade Champagne?

As far as homebrewing projects go, some seem more accessible than others. Cider and kombucha are some of the simpler processes, with the more confident homebrewer tackling beers and wines. But you can up the DIY level once again by making homemade champagne! Whether you want to show off your homebrewing skills at your upcoming nuptials or are just a …

Hunting Season 2022: How Much Storage Space Will I Need?

How terrible would it be to bring home an animal only to realize you don’t have the right place to process and age the meat? Proper meat and game storage space is essential for a successful season. Hunters, by necessity, are planners. It takes logistical knowledge to get tags, organize the trip, and execute the kill. But proper planning for …

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Advanced Brewing: Racking

Part of the appeal of homebrewing is the nearly infinite varieties of beer you can make. Different ingredients and techniques can yield drastically different brews, and there’s nothing more satisfying than cracking open a bottle from a particularly worthy batch. For the most part, you can keep your homebrews relatively simple and don’t need to put out all the fanfare. …

Marietta Floral – Keeping their Flowers Cool and Business Growing with CoolBot

Alex Lam knows that flowers aren’t something people necessarily need everyday. This is why it’s so important for him to have an edge on his competitors in the Oakland flower industry. “Why should people choose us over our competitors?” he asks. “Especially when these [other] guys have been around forever. Because I know my customer base. I know what they …

Store, Hang, Cure + Process Meat With Ease – With CoolBot!

Curtis Pocklington grew up deer hunting with his family in Minnesota each fall since he was just a kid. “We had a cabin on some private land,” he tells us, “and then we would use [the venison] to feed our family for the entire year.” Eventually, Curtis’ wife “tired of Minnesota winters,” so they relocated to Arizona. “It was a …

Backyard Farmer: Introduction to Goat’s Milk

Raising goats for goat’s milk opens up the world of DIY dairy products. Whether prompted by sustainability, gourmet food, saving money, or all three, starting a backyard farm has become both an appealing and realistic option. After a veggie garden and chicken coop, the next step to rounding out your farm is dairy production. Here, you can learn about the …