Forgot to post my wife’s Steampunk(ish) Pistol when she finished! Oops! Here it is:
- Custom Made Steampunk Nerf Batman Blaster Pistol (neatorama.com)
My wife and I have had 2 Nerf Maverick pistols for a while now, and they are a lot of fun. They have an awesome design, but they look ridiculous in the neon Nerf colors.
So, we decided they could do with some modifications. A little time with a dremel to sand off the logos and lettering, some metallic paints and PVC, and voila. I decided to go with a Steampunk aesthetic (which is apparently quite popular for these guns), and she’s aiming a little more future-sci-fi.
I finished mine pretty quickly, a few hours tops. But she’s doing some internal modding with LEDs and such. I promise to post as soon as she’s finished. In the mean time…. I’m going to go play with my awesome new dart gun!
- Halloween Steampunk Notebook (handcraftedsteam.wordpress.com)
- The Blunderbuss Gets The Steampunk Treatment – In LEGO! [Pics] (winextra.com)
I just wanted to share with you all something I saw on my way to work that really made my day. Click on any of the pics to get an enlarged slideshow view.
I realized that I never posted a picture of my labels for the Christmas Mead I made. A friend and I finished off his bottle last week and I snapped a picture of it to show off. I think they came out quite nicely, which I can mostly attribute to my wife’s excellent label making skills. I have no idea who owns the raven image I used, but since this is not commercial I’m not too worried. Though I would be interested to know since I am very fond of it. Anyway, that’s all for this post, just thought some of you might be interested.
Sunday was a big day.
First I bottled my batch of Christmas Metheglin: 8 bottles total. I tried some before bottling; it’s very dry, with a spicy aroma and a bit of bite in the flavor. It seems to be pretty high gravity; but my hydrometer broke so I can’t be certain.
Next we brewed up a fresh batch of rootbeer. This time we just used some extract and a little (seriously, like 1 TSP per gallon) molasses, plus a lot of sugar. Our first batch with the actual roots we used an ale yeast, which has a lower alcohol tolerance and consumes the sugar more slowly. This time we used a champagne yeast which will pressurize it quickly, since we’ll be bottling right away.
We got thirteen standard beer bottles of root beer, and two larger hinge-cork bottles. The bottle capper is a lot of fun for some reason. We don’t have labels yet, but we might get some printed up later this week, not certain about that yet.
After the rootbeer was boiled, cooled, and bottled, I started a new (smaller) batch of Mead. This will be a plain Mead, no spices or anything but honey. I used a little higher honey to water ratio, and the ale yeast instead of champagne yeast so this batch should be sweeter than the Metheglin, and without that bite. I also didn’t use a yeast nutrient, which supposedly can affect the flavor a bit, but instead used some of the yeast sediment from the Metheglin batch as a nutrient starter.
Only a gallon for this batch, but I think that in a month or two when I rerack this to a different carboy I’ll start another 2 gallon batch, and soon I’ll have Mead for all occasions, year round!