NO losing a cat is NOT just like losing a baby or child

WARNING:  VENT AHEAD

I rarely read Dear Abby but once in a while I see it on the side bar of a news page and a headline catches my eye.

Like this one... someone writing Dear Abby because she is so angry her friends and family are not consoling her more when her cat died.  Because, you know, it's EXACTLY like losing a human baby.  A child. One you gave birth to.  Your own flesh and blood.

Even though she's never actually had a child.

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DEAR ABBY: We recently lost one of our cherished pets, our oldest cat, Mandy. We never had children, so our pets ARE our children.

I get that people who have never had pets don’t understand the joy and unconditional love they can bring. But I don’t understand why people we thought were close to us haven’t acknowledged our loss in any way. Some of them have — or had — pets at one time.

A few did send cards or emails, and they were so appreciated. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Mandy wasn’t sickly. She just stopped eating one day. When we took her to the vet a few days after trying everything we could think of, the diagnosis was kidney cancer. A couple of days later we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep.

My question is, am I expecting too much of people? After all, you wouldn’t ignore the death of a human child.

I’m not only disappointed but resentful that these so-called friends and family don’t seem to care. I suppose to some Mandy was “just a cat.” But to us, she was our beloved furry child and we are devastated.

Please inform people that a kind word or short note would mean the world to people like us who are suffering real grief. — DEEPLY GRIEVING IN ILLINOIS



DEAR DEEPLY GRIEVING: Please let me offer my condolences for the loss of Mandy. I know from personal experience what you are going through, and it is very painful.

That’s why I’m reminding readers that when they hear of someone losing a beloved pet, the kindest thing one can do is to offer sympathy with a phone call, an email or a card. Believe me, the effort WILL be appreciated and never forgotten.




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"My question is, am I expecting too much of people? After all, you wouldn’t ignore the death of a human child."

NO we would not ignore the death of a HUMAN CHILD.
But you did not have a human child.  You had a cat.
A CAT.

"I’m not only disappointed but resentful that these so-called friends and family don’t seem to care. I suppose to some Mandy was “just a cat.” But to us, she was our beloved furry child and we are devastated."

You are resentful of friends and family that didn't make a huge issue out of your CAT passing away by sending you a bunch of cards and flowers and calling you?  

Lady, I'm a cat owner.  I've had to put a sick cat down as well.  I was sad.  I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn't hear certain songs without thinking about him and tearing up again.  It took me a couple weeks to get over looking for him or getting ready to feed on him on his regular schedule, etc.

Yes it hurts to lose a pet.

BUT IT IS NOT LIKE LOSING A HUMAN BABY YOU HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO.  Don't you EVEN insult mothers and fathers everywhere who have lost a child by comparing it as EQUAL to you losing a cat.  That is rude and insensitive! That is AWFUL to compare the two.  Especially when you admit you have never actually had a child of your own.  You have NO IDEA what it is like to have a baby of your own pass away so how dare you compare them and bitch about how some friends and family didn't make a huge fuss over you.

What a whiny, sorry assed pathetic excuse you are to complain (and think it so important you have to write Dear Abby?) that you are resentful of family and friends who didn't go into mourning with you over your cat.

When our cat had to be put down, our family was sad and hurt.  But never, ever did I, or would I expect my extended family or friends to send me a freakin' sympathy card, bring me a casserole or call me bawling over the loss of my cat.  It's not their cat.  

And we currently have 2 cats that we have had since they were itty bitty newborns who are now 14 years old.  They are going to pass away at some point soon...  we also have two dogs that we adore and are part of our family but in about 5 or 6 years they will be quite elderly and will pass away.....  and NO I WILL NOT EXPECT ANY EXTENDED RELATIVES TO SEND ME CARDS OR FLOWERS OR CALL as I know they would if we (God-forbid) ever experience the loss of one of our human children.

And it just so happens soon after I read this Dear Abby - I had also seen a headline for another news story and read that one... about a wife/mother who was killed in a car accident around 3:00 pm and not 30 minutes later, her 8 year old daughter was getting off the bus from school and was hit by a car and killed.  The little girl had just turned 8 years old on Saturday.  

This little 8 year old girl with her whole life ahead of her was struck and killed just 30 minutes after her mother was killed in a car accident.  Yeah... so not the same as your cat having to be put to sleep.  (Story)






















NO. A woolly mammoth was NOT found perfectly preserved with buttercups in its mouth. Sorry 'Day After Tomorrow' movie.

This past weekend we were entertaining out of state guests and one of the evenings, we decided to watch a movie.  We put in "Day After Tomorrow" knowing it was a 'safe' movie for all ages, genders, etc.  I can't help that my brain always picks apart movies and how inaccurate they are or the writers and producers skew facts to fit their agendas and how implausible the story lines are but a majority of the general audience is going to believe it.  

But let's skip all that or I'm going to start rambling over my morning coffee and this post is going to be a novel.

In this particular movie, one of the many parts of this movie that bugs me is when the main character mentions the Woolly Mammoth found perfectly preserved with buttercups still in it's mouth.

Without a long disgusted ranting and raving I'll just say: NO IT WAS NOT.

But this morning I had my cup of coffee, I had checked emails and decided to do some quick searches as to how much of this data was true.  3 hours later I had pages of notes filling my notebook (yes, I can't help it - I'm a geek.  I research all sorts of topics every day and I just have to take notes - filling notebooks in my office with pages and pages of information, sources, books, papers, documentary notes....)  

I love to look at both sides of topics - and actually it's more often 3 or 4 or 10 sides of a topic.  EVERYONE has an opinion and with todays internet making so easy to voice your opinion, everyone is an expert.  (Can you 'hear' me rolling my eyes?)

I really liked the information one woman succinctly laid out - and I took many handwritten notes to follow up on with some books mentioned and credible sources to continue studying if I find the time.   I decided to post it here - with the source linked.

I also am putting one more article below it as he had a very short blog post himself but again - some great information needs to be repeated to off-set the FALSE INFORMATION that is being regurgitated by people, movies, articles - that is so completely skewed from the original true data.

AND I am indeed getting long winded.  Blame it on too many cups of double strong, hot coffee this morning.  

It's just the coffee talking again..........


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Woolly Mammoths Remains: Catastrophic Origins?

Source:  By Sue Bishop

Since Ted Holden has repeatedly insisted that the mammoth whose remains were found in Siberia in 1901 was preserved by some great catastrophe as described in Velikovsky's books, I decided to research the topic. I found several books on the subject, including the original book written by one of the scientists who actually examined, preserved and transported the mammoth remains from Siberia.

Preservation of the mammoth remains was somewhat different than has been imagined by the uninformed. The mammoths were 'mummified', a process that is quite easily done in a cold environment. Guthrie compares it to the process that packaged meat undergoes in a freezer.

The following is from Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe by Guthrie:
"The word mummy has long been used to describe carcasses preserved in northern permafrost. Some have objected to this usage on the basis that preservation by freezing is unlike 'real' mummification of an embalmed or dried corpse. However, frozen carcasses, like Dima and Blue Babe, (two well preserved carcasses described in his book, Dima is a baby mammoth, Blue Babe is a bison) are indeed desiccated and fully deserve to be called mummies." (Guthrie 1990)
"Underground frost mummification should not be confused with freeze-drying, which occurs when a body is frozen and moisture is removed by sublimation, a process accelerated by a partial vacuum. ... I have often freeze-dried items, sometimes inadvertently, during our long Alaskan winters, where the temperature seldom rises above freezing for eight months of the year." (Guthrie 1990)
"However, the desiccation of fossil mummies is quite different than freeze-drying. Moisture contained in a buried carcass is not released to the atmosphere but is crystallized in place, in ice lenses around the mummy. This process is more comparable to tightly wrapped food left too long in a freezer. When a stew is first frozen, it swells to a somewhat larger size, bulging the sealed plastic container. The longer it stays in the freezer, month after month, the more the moisture begins to separate, forming ice crystals inside the container. The stew itself shrinks and desiccates. Year follows year, and the stew becomes more and more desiccated, as ice segregates from it. Eventually, the stew has become a shriveled, dehydrated block; unlike freeze-drying in which the object theoretically retains its original form, the stew is shrunken in size and surrounded by a network of clear ice crystals. Soft tissue becomes mummified and shrunken down, looking like a desiccated mummy dried in the sun. These two processes of cold mummification and freeze-drying were not distinctly understood by people unfamiliar with long winters and the back corners of deep freezers." (Guthrie 1990)
The picture in the Sutcliffe book shows the front leg of the Berezovka mammoth. The muscles are dried straps over the bones, quite as Guthrie describes, looking very mummified.

As for instant freezing, as claimed by Ted Holden, there is no evidence of that. The Berezovka mammoth shows evidence of having been buried in a landslide, the cold mud acting as preservative and the underlying permafrost completing the process by freezing the carcass.

E. W. Pfizenmayer was one of the scientists who actually recovered and studied the Berezovka mammoth. I was able to obtain his book, Siberian Man and Mammoth through interlibrary loan. It's quite interesting, the mammoth story is only a part of his book, he also commented at length on people who were living in Siberia at the time of the scientists' journey to get to the site of the mammoth.

Pfizenmayer says about the mammoth:
"Baron E. von Toll, the well-known geological explore of Arctic Siberia, who perished while leading the Russian expedition in 1903, had covered in 1890 most of the sites of previous finds of mammoth and rhinoceros bodies in carrying out his professional investigations. In doing so he had established that the mammoth found by Adams in 1799 buried at the mouth of the Lena in a crevice of a cliff from 200 to 260 feet high, and sent by him to St. Petersberg, had been frozen in a bank of diluvial ice on the slope of the river. This ice bank was not (as Adams believed and stated in his description of the site of the find) the remains of the old drift-ice whose crevices had been filled with mud. The fissures in the bank of diluvial ice on the Lena, which was far bigger than ours, had, according to Toll's findings, gradually filled with earth from the top downwards, and its upper surface covered with alluvial soil to such an extent that a fair number of the tundra plants were able to take root on it.
"Toll concluded that this particular Siberian ice was in no case recent, but was the remains of diluvial inland ice, which once covered the whole world, and then was gradually overlaid with earth, surviving to this day in the Arctic regions in ice-banks of varying extent.
"Our investigations confirmed his opinion. They proved that the animal had been preserved in the same way as Adams's mammoth, according to Toll, had been. In both cases the bodies had been enbedded in fissures of the diluvial inland ice. Then when the temperature fell the mud disappeared and the ice in which they were fast frozen had kept them, complete with their soft parts, in a state a preservation through the ages.
"Before I arrived at the site, Herz had partially dug away the hill of earth round the body, and so both the forefeet and the hind feet were exposed. These lay under the body so that it rested on them. When one looked at the body one had the impression that it must have suddenly fallen into an unexpected fissure in the ice, which it probably came across in its wanderings, and which may have been covered with a layer of plant-bearing mould. After its fall the unlucky animal must have tried to get out of its hopeless position, for the right forefoot was doubled up and the left stretched forward as if it had struggled to rise. But its strength had apparently not been up to it, for when we dug it out still farther we found that in its fall it had not only broken several bones, but had been almost completely buried by the falls of earth which tumbled in on it, so that it had suffocated.
"Its death must have occurred very quickly after its fall, for we found half-chewed food still in its mouth, between the back teeth and on its tongue, which was in good preservation. The food consisted of leaves and grasses, some of the later carrying seeds. We could tell from these that the mammoth must have come to its miserable end in the autumn."
Also:
"Lapparent attributes the extinction of the mammoth to a gradual increase in cold and a decrease in the supply of food, rather than to a cataclysmic flood." (Guthrie 1990)

"...Quackenbush (1909) concluded that the partial mammoth mummy from Eschscholtz Bay, Alaska, was so deteriorated as to exclude 'sudden fall in temperature" theories...'" (Guthrie 1990)
I am still doing research on Mammoth diet and climate at the time of the burial of the Berezovka mammoth. Types of data being studied, stomach and mouth contents of the said mammoth, stomach contents of other mammoths found. Lake bottom sediment cores, showing pollen and vegetation over the last 10,000 years. Comments by Guthrie on how the climatic changes of the ice age affected the ratio of edible vegetation from then to present. Estimation of snow depths on the Mammoth Slope are also being covered and have a large bearing on extinction of the mammoth and other large Ice Age mammals.

NOTE: The Beresovka mammoth is the one that Ted kept claiming was 'instantly frozen' by catastrophe. This is totally untrue, according to the scientists who did the actual research in 1900.

References

Sutcliffe, Anthony J., On the Track of the Ice Age Mammals, Harvard University Press, 1985.
Guthrie, R. Dale. Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe, 1990, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill.
Pfizenmayer, E. W., Siberian Man and Mammoth, 1939. Blackie and Son, London




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Flash-Frozen Mammoths and Their Buttercups: Yet Another Case of Repetition and Recycling of Bad Data

Source:  Jason Colavito


".......... that the mammoth had been frozen so quickly that its last meal of buttercups were still freshly in bloom in its mouth. “Upon the [tongue] and between the teeth, were portions of the animal’s last meal, which for some incomprehensible reason it had not had time to swallow.” This one fact gave rise to a 56 years of speculation about “instant” freezing of the mammoths in some catastrophist disaster. The scientist who studied the mammoth in situ, Dr. Otto Herz, had written that “more [food] is found on the tongue and between the teeth,” and he assumed that the mammoth died while he was eating, tumbling off a cliff or down a slope to his death. He wrote that the mammoth was not flash-frozen, but rather likely died in a mud pit that froze over shortly after the animal’s death and became buried under layers of dirt. The decrepit state of the flesh reported by the explorers is more than enough to refute Sanderson’s misimpression that the mammoth was fresh enough to eat.

It’s interesting that the report of finding the remains of buttercups in the mammoth’s stomach gradually morphed under catastrophist and creationist influence into something it was never intended to be. Modern writers routinely claim that the mammoth died instantly with “buttercups in its mouth,” or some variation thereof. Herz had reported that there was the remains of food in the animal’s mouth, and later on, in 1905, this was more specifically detailed by A. V. Borodin, who did not find flash-frozen salad but rather reported that bits of food were stuck between the animal’s teeth. By 1912, there was already the beginning of a suggestion of flash-freezing, which the scientist J. P. Felix gave in his Das Mammuth von Borna:  “On uncovering the skull a portion of the animal’s food was found in the form of a wad lying between the upper and lower teeth. Its death, therefore, must have been so sudden that it did not have time to swallow this food” (trans. Henry Fairfield Osborn). Felix didn’t mean that the mammoth had frozen at the moment of death, but it was easy enough to read it that way. The stomach contents, according to an English-language account published in 1925, included several species of grass, sedges, mint, legume pods, wild poppies, and “seeds of the northern butter daisy (Ranunculus).” Somehow the butter daisy seeds morphed into flash-frozen buttercups still in bloom! This appears to be due to some phrasing in a report written by E. V. Pfizenmayer in August 1939 called “Les mammouths de Siberie,” which I have not read but which is cited frequently as the source for the buttercup claim. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, what was actually found was pollen from the buttercups, both between the teeth and in the stomach.

For those who care, Felix said that the exact species was Ranunculus acer L. var. borealis, the common buttercup.

Thus, V. Paul Flint, the creationist, wrote in 1988: “Little flowering buttercups, tender sedges and grasses exclusively were found in the stomach of the Beresovka mammoth.” One creationist ventured that the mammoth froze in half an hour or less on the basis of this evidence. Such claims drew on a dispute in the Russian literature of the early 1900s in which different groups of scientists argued about the season of the mammoth’s death, with some arguing for July due to immature pollen and others for fall based on mature vegetables.

Sanderson claimed that the stomach contents froze so rapidly that decomposition did not occur, indicating temperatures dropping from 60 above to 150 below zero Fahrenheit or colder instantly, due, he thought, to volcanic activity. However, he had misunderstood the scientific literature and mistook the list of grasses and plants for the leaves of these. The scientists identified the plants by their seeds, which were preserved, not their leaves, which had decayed into an unidentifiable mass.

But I was terribly disappointed to find that the claim that Fairbanks, Alaska, had mammoth steaks on restaurant menus did not appear in Sanderson’s article. Donald Patten’s only citation on the page of Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch (1966) where the claim appears pointed to Sanderson’s article, so I had expected to find it there. Did Patten just make the claim up? I think he probably was repeating secondhand testimony of something misunderstood. Fairbanks, Alaska, was indeed involved with mammoth flesh about two decades before Patten wrote, when excavators uncovered several specimens of mammoth on which the flesh still clung between the 1930s and 1950s. The most famous of these was the mummified mammoth Otto Geist found in 1948. This activity created great interest at the time, and in July 1944 Harper’s magazine carried a report by Frank C. Hibben that evoked the stench of “thousands of tons of rotting mammoth meat” newly thawed and the desire of those who encountered it to taste the black and rotting flesh: “Nothing would do but that we taste a piece of almost black, frozen mammoth meat.” This may be the origin of Patten’s claim, or else restaurants celebrated the local mammoths with meals named for them....."









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Did you know that March 20 is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day?




Did you know that March 20 is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day? 


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The List of Stores JC Penney's is Closing in 2017

I hadn't even heard that JC Penney was closing stores - but I don't often read retail news.  Unlike Sears and Kmart, I do actually like JC Penney's so I'm a bit sad to see them having to take these steps - but on the other hand they are still continuing to operate 900 stores.

J.C. Penney released a list of 138 stores it plans to close.  Most stores will begin liquidation sales April 17 and close in June.


Auburn Mall Auburn AL
Tannehill Promenade Bessemer AL
Gadsden Mall Gadsden AL
Jasper Mall Jasper AL
Military Plaza Benton AR
Chickasaw Plaza Blytheville AR
Riverview Mall Bullhead City AZ
Downtown Bishop Bishop CA
Sunwest Plaza Lodi CA
The Village at Orange Orange CA
Hilltop Mall Richmond CA
Fort Morgan Main St. Fort Morgan CO
Glenwood Springs Mall Glenwood Springs CO
St. Vrain Centre Longmont CO
Broadway Plaza Sterling CO
Connecticut Post Mall Milford CT
Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center Jacksonville FL
Palatka Mall Palatka FL
Dublin Mall Dublin GA
Macon Mall Macon GA
Milledgeville Mall Milledgeville GA
Gateway Plaza Thomasville GA
Tifton Mall Tifton GA
Downtown Decorah Decorah IA
Crossroads Mall Fort Dodge IA
Penn Central Mall Oskaloosa IA
Quincy Place Ottumwa IA
Snake River Plaza Burley ID
Eastland Mall Bloomington IL
Fulton Square Canton IL
Village Square Mall Effingham IL
Freestanding Macomb IL
Peru Mall Peru IL
Northland Mall Sterling IL
Centerpointe of Woodridge Woodridge IL
FairOaks Mall Columbus IN
Connersville Plaza Connersville IN
Huntington Plaza Huntington IN
Jasper Manor Center Jasper IN
Logansport Mall Logansport IN
Chanute Square Chanute KS
Downtown Great Bend Great Bend KS
Hutchinson Mall Hutchinson KS
Freestanding Lawrence KS
Winfield Plaza Winfield KS
Cortana Mall Baton Rouge LA
Park Terrace DeRidder LA
North Shore Square Slidell LA
Berkshire Mall Lanesborough MA
Easton Marketplace Easton MD
Rockland Plaza Rockland ME
Lakeview Square Mall Battle Creek MI
Delta Plaza Escanaba MI
Westshore Mall Holland MI
Copper Country Mall Houghton MI
Birchwood Mall Kingsford MI
Midland Mall Midland MI
Cascade Crossings Sault Ste. Marie MI
Central Lakes Crossing Baxter MN
Five Lakes Centre Fairmont MN
Faribo West Mall Faribault MN
Irongate Plaza Hibbing MN
Hutchinson Mall Hutchinson MN
Red Wing Mall Red Wing MN
Downtown Thief River Falls Thief River Falls MN
Freestanding Winona MN
Maryville Center Maryville MO
Leigh Mall Columbus MS
Southgate Plaza Corinth MS
Greenville Mall Greenville MS
Bonita Lakes Mall Meridian MS
Oxford Mall Oxford MS
Capital Hill Mall Helena MT
Sidney Main Street Sidney MT
Albemarle Crossing Albemarle NC
Boone Mall Boone NC
Eastridge Mall Gastonia NC
Blue Ridge Mall Hendersonville NC
Monroe Crossing Monroe NC
Becker Village Mall Roanoke Rapids NC
Prairie Hills Mall Dickinson ND
Buffalo Mall Jamestown ND
Downtown Wahpeton Wahpeton ND
Fremont Mall Fremont NE
Downtown McCook McCook NE
Platte River Mall North Platte NE
Rio Grande Plaza Rio Grande NJ
The Boulevard Las Vegas NV
Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza Dunkirk NY
Westfield Sunrise Massapequa NY
Palisades Center West Nyack NY
Findlay Village Mall Findlay OH
New Towne Mall New Philadelphia OH
Richmond Town Square Richmond Heights OH
St. Mary's Square St. Marys OH
Altus Plaza Altus OK
Ne-Mar Shopping Center Claremore OK
Ponca Plaza Ponca City OK
Pioneer Square Shopping Center Stillwater OK
Astoria Downtown Astoria OR
Grants Pass Shopping Center Grants Pass OR
La Grande Downtown La Grande OR
Downtown Pendleton Pendleton OR
The Dalles Main Street The Dalles OR
Columbia Mall Bloomsburg PA
Clearfield Mall Clearfield PA
King of Prussia Mall King of Prussia PA
Philadelphia Mills Philadelphia PA
Bradford Towne Centre Towanda PA
Lycoming Mall Pennsdale PA
Willow Grove Park Willow Grove PA
Citadel Mall Charleston SC
Town 'N Country Easley SC
Palace Mall Mitchell SD
Northridge Plaza Pierre SD
Watertown Mall Watertown SD
Yankton Mall Yankton SD
Greeneville Commons Greeneville TN
Knoxville Center Knoxville TN
County Market Place Union City TN
Athens Village Shopping Center Athens TX
Borger Shopping Plaza Borger TX
Heartland Mall Early TX
El Paso Downtown El Paso TX
Marshall Mall Marshall TX
McAllen Downtown McAllen TX
University Mall Nacogdoches TX
King Plaza Shopping Center Seguin TX
Bosque River Center Stephenville TX
New River Valley Mall Christiansburg VA
Tanglewood Mall Roanoke VA
Pilchuck Landing Snohomish WA
Pine Tree Mall Marinette WI
Marshfield Mall Marshfield WI
Richland Square Shopping Center Richland Center WI
Rapids Mall Wisconsin Rapids WI
Foxcroft Towne Center Martinsburg WV
Downtown Sheridan Sheridan WY

Unsponsored Review of GeerTop Sleeping Bags I Ordered from Amazon




As I got ready to do a camping trip for my birthday, I realized that somehow, all our sleeping bags but one have 'disappeared' and walked away.  (I have 3 kids... it happens!)  I had recently purchased some fleece sleep sacks and a winter sleeping bag but I needed some lightweight and warmer weather bags.  Something for about 40 degrees at night up to 65 or so during the day.

I looked and researched a long time as I had a couple things important to me.  Mainly - I hate to feel confined and claustrophobic in my bags and I have to be able to turn over when I'm in it!  For this reason I had book marked these Geertop bags on Amazon but I was hesitating to order as it was obviously a Chinese made item and those can be hit or miss.  I finally ordered two (the orange and green colors - in the large size so it would be wide) and I ended up loving everything about them so I went back and ordered one more (in blue).


From the Amazon page description:

The sleeping bag can be opened fully to be used as a quilt
Double zipper design allows the sleeping bag to be opened from the inside or outside.
The sleeping bag can be attached to another sleeping bag

The sleeping bag will accommodate most people up to 6 ft 3” (190 cm) . 
The medium size measures (75 + 12) x 30 inches / (190 + 30) x 75 cm and weighs 3.09 lbs (1.4kg). 
The large size measures (75 + 12) x 34 inches / (190 + 30) x 85 cm and weighs 3.53 lbs (1.6kg).

● The zipper goes all the way to the bottom allowing your feet to breath freely on a warm night, also allowing you to walk around with the sleeping bag on.
● Built in windshield on the inner portion
● Elastic cord to ensure a perfect fit
● Built-in pocket for carrying small gadgets
● 210T extra strong woven fabric combined with superfine pongee polyester lining.















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Homemade Coffee Wine - Photos

 

ADDED:  This post is updated to show the bottling and corking process here.

I wasn't going to post this until the wine was completely finished... as in bottled, aged and tasted.  But, that would mean waiting for almost a year from start to finish as this wine is better if it's allowed to age at least 4-6 months after bottling (or whatever container you want to store it in.  I bottle all my homemade wines.)   So I decided to do the post now - and then I'll do another in about 6 months after it's aged in the bottle!

COFFEE WINE

8-12 oz. ground coffee (8 oz ground coffee to start. I used 12 oz. ground this time. I'll let you know what I think)
1 gallon water 
2 1/2 lb. sugar
1 1/2 t acid blend
1/4 t tannin powder
1 t yeast nutrient (optional)
Yeast - 1 pk I used EC 1118
*later - campden tablets and potassium sorbate for bottling time
cheesecloth for straining
carboy or clean container

*Links to the products I use available through Amazon - at the bottom of this post.

Pour 1 gallon water into a pot on the stove and heat just to boil.  Add sugar, stir until it dissolves.  Turn off the heat and add the coffee grounds. Stir, and as the grounds get saturated they will start to fall to the bottom of the pot.  Cover, set aside and let it cool.   

Activate your yeast by adding the packet to about 1/4 cup warm water (not hot - just 95-100 degrees or so).  Let it set for at least 15 minutes.  You should see it start to get foamy and bubbling. 

Strain the coffee through cheesecloth into a sanitized container or a sanitized glass carboy.  Add the acid blend, tannin powder if you are using it, and the yeast nutrient if you are using. Shake or stir gently.  Add the activated yeast. Coffee wine is going to foam up even more than fruit wines when the yeast gets going so make sure you have plenty of room in your container.  If you use a 1 gallon container like I do, make sure you put the gallon container inside a 4-5 gallon bucket or on on layers of cardboard or paper towels because it will probably go crazy and end up spilling about 1/4 cup of foamy, yeasty coffee within the first few days. 

For this reason you might not want to put the airlock on yet.  Just cover the top opening or hole with a piece of cheesecloth and wrap a rubber band on it to keep in place.  This will allow it to go nuts for the first 3-4 days.  Then you can attach your airlock or a clean balloon with holes pricked into it.

Fermentation slows enough around 3-4 weeks to do the first racking to get the dead lees off the bottom.  Rack 2 more times about 30-45 days apart.  At that point you can rack into bottles or leave it in a carboy for storage and serving.  Taste it.  If you like it dry, top and age as is.  If you like it sweeter (most do) add sweetener to it - but start small and taste. You cannot take the sweetener 'out' so don't overdo it.  About 1/4 cup per gallon is probably good.  Taste test and add little by little until you like it.  Add a stabilizer to ensure you do not start up fermentation again!  (You could blow up your bottles if fermentation starts back up).  To stabilize a gallon of wine use 1 Campden tablet along with 1/4 - 1/2 t potassium sorbate.  Bottle and age at least 4-6 months.















THE NEXT STEP:  After fermentation ended I bottled and corked it in this post.


Yeast Nutrient - 2 oz. L.D. Carlson
Acid Blend - 2 oz. by Home Brew Ohio
Pectic Enzyme (powder) - 1 oz.
Home Brew Ohio Glass Wine Fermenter Includes Rubber Stopper and Airlock, 1 gallon Capacity
Potassium Sorbate - 1 oz.
Campden Tablets (potassium metabisulfite) - 100 Tablets