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The Hairy Porter – A Rich Winter Warmer

The Hairy Porter is a full-bodied, slightly sweet, chocolatey beer without the astringency some dark ales have. We forwent the usual black patent malt and swapped it with a dark wheat malt, leaving the familiar brownish-red color and highlighting the Belgian Special B and chocolate malts. The flaked oats...

Six Stripe Poncho – A simple and colorful stash-buster

Once again, my mother has gifted me with some Harrisville Designs Highland yarn, and once again…I decided to make a poncho. While the piece shares some similarities of shape and construction with the Prospect Street poncho, this striped accessory is knit side to side rather than edge to edge,...

Fancy Mac & Cheese: a favorite crowdpleaser that’s quick to prepare

Need a quick, tasty, and filling dish for your next family gathering or potluck meal? This upscale version of Macaroni & Cheese is scratch-made with top quality ingredients and complex flavor, without being too fussy or complicated. This recipe was adapted (and greatly simplified) from The Savory Way by...

Metaphors & Rainbows … Whatever: A Juicy Vermont IPA

Metaphors & Rainbows … Whatever is our first attempt at a Vermont IPA. We’ve brewed IPAs in the past, but never one with the distinct haze, orange color, and big, fruity flavors associated with the Green Mountain State — and adopted by the rest of New England. The most...

Sheep to Sweater – Part 3: Washing fleece with a pre-rinse

As I read more about fleece preparation, I realize there are many options and variables in the process, particularly in washing or cleaning a fleece. Temperature, time, type of detergent, number of rinses, and other variables can be combined in different ways depending on the type of fleece to...

Sheep to Sweater – Part 2: Washing fleece with hot water and detergent

After skirting, the next step of fleece prep is washing. There are many techniques for washing a fleece, but the objectives are the same: remove dirt, manure, urine residue, sweat, debris, and excess lanolin from the fleece, while maintaining the integrity of the wool and without felting it. In...

Sheep to Sweater – Part 1: Skirting Fleece

I’m excited to start a project that I’ve imagined for several years: taking a freshly-shorn fleece from one of our sheep and cleaning it, spinning it into yarn, and knitting a sweater. The first steps are to grow and harvest the wool, and I’ve already made a few blog...

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