Fermenting Cider

Hidden in a corner of the house, 11 gallons of apple cider are turning into hard cider. Hopefully this 3rd attempt tastes even yummier than the previous 2.

On this fast-forwarded gif, you can see the different rates of fermentation. Fruit flies are attracted to CO2 (the byproduct of fermentation coming out of the air lock). That’s why I attach an extra piece of paper towel to make sure they don’t find their way into the lock through the tiny holes.

High Altitude Siding

It’s hard to muster the resolve to spend a day doing acrobatics on ladders, but once things are underway, you get in the groove and it’s actually pleasant. Still, I definitely earned my beer today.

Fighting recalcitrant boards as always.

 

Cutting station visitor

 

I’m finally closing the rakes, and I’m finishing the wall how I started it: with meshing to prevent insect from going behind the siding but allow for air circulation.

 

The last piece!

 

This section is very hard to get to, stuck between 2 roofs.

 

In fact at a certain height, I can only reach everything by adopting body positions which are not ladder approved. At that point I grab my harness and trusty GriGri.

 

Tethered to some dead weight on the other side of the house.

It’s always super nice up there, the trees around the house are really growing.

Deck & Siding

I finished the deck railing, and I started siding more of the house.

Furring before siding, this side of the house gets full sun, I want an air gap between it and the siding. An air gap that allows for circulation too.

 

My new favorite tool to cut complex shapes

Starting to look like a real house!

The deck’s been done for a while now, it’s been incredibly nice to have through the Summer.

Moving up in the world with deck furniture! I made sure to catch everyone mid-chew.