Mead – A Local Libation

Mead or “honey wine” is an alcoholic beverage, made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. Its alcoholic content may range from that of a mild ale to that of a strong wine. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.(1) Most likely the oldest alcoholic beverage, mead can be made simply by diluting raw honey with water and letting the naturally occurring yeasts ferment it. The majority of contemporary mead producers however add lab-grown yeast to ensure a quick fermentation. Honey is a rather variable agricultural product. The flavor, color,...

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Eat, Drink and Think Local

My interest in local businesses started over 4 years ago. The reasons to start searching for alternatives to the mainstream big box stores were many but the largest one was the sense of community generated by keeping my money local. Buying locally allows you to really get to know the people that own the businesses. Sure the products may “cost” a little more up front but you are investing in a vibrant and resilient local society. Like most of you, my journey started with lots of research. I was hearing mentions from people about how buying local was a good idea but wanted to read up on it...

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Local Food Economics

Here is a short movie from Georgia Organics that explores the economics of local...

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Adapting Printed Marketing Materials to the Web

As a sustainable business (or one trying to increase their sustainability cred.), reducing the amount of printed marketing materials is an ongoing battle. The thought of getting rid of all your printed materials may be tempting but sometimes it is just nice to have a tangible representation of your business to hand to someone. Also, if you just output the same artworks used for your printed materials as PDFs and post them to your website; you miss out on a lot of added functionality that the web has to offer. Your current printed materials have to be adapted to the web. The goal is to print...

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Brewing Hard Cider at Home

I was struck with the home-brewing bug last year but in my search for a simple recipe for beer I found out just how easy hard cider was to brew. Hard cider can be made just by combining apple juice and yeast (I cover the basics here). Now that I have tackled several batches of plain hard cider I decided to move on to something a little more complicated. The two variations that I am brewing right now are a flavored Holiday Hard Cider (recipe below) and a Cyser (mead made in apple juice instead of water). Holiday Hard Cider 5 gallons Apple Juice (pasteurized, no preservatives) 6 cups Maple...

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Navigation Shakeup

Google Disrupts the GPS Turn-by-Turn Navigation Market Yesterday, Google announced its new Google Maps Navigation product which will be available for free. The news has been devastating to navigation giants Garmin and TomTom, with their shares falling 16.4% and 20.8% respectively. Billions of dollars of market capitalization just evaporated in one day. At first blush, the new product offering from Google, and the resulting market reaction, seems like a disruptive innovation. Google’s new navigation offering is going to cause some serious changes in the turn-by-turn navigation industry but...

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