Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winemaking--Funny Things Happen When You DIY

OK. Has the wine bug bitten yet? It's so, SO FUN! Just a word of caution. If you like your wine a little fizzy and go ahead and bottle it, the first time you hear a loud pop, you might look around to see if a bird flew into your windowpane and fell dying underneath. But the second time you hear it, you realize you have a mess to clean up.

Racking is necessary to remove the wine from the spent lees (sediment, used-up yeast, seeds, etc.). You simply siphon from one jar into another. It's part of filtering to make a good clear wine but it requires height to siphon properly. So, while the wine's airlock bubbles away and the wine is settling out, you decide to place the 5-gallon carboy in a handy spot on the basement floor, out of the way, in a nice clean dark spot, only to find later that you can't lift the 5 gallon carboy to rack the wine into another carboy.

It's been fun. No, really, it's been FUN!

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