The tight spiral of a football being tossed through the air is a beautiful thing. In order to get the spiral that is the envy of everyone on the field, there are a few pointers that will help you get to the perfect spiral in no time. So no matter your height, coordination or prior experience, read on to learn the basics of throwing like a pro.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
– Teddy Roosevelt
Man has been plagued for years with the question of whether it is better to work hard, or work hard enough and no more. In this post we are going to look at both sides and see if we are better to just do enough to make it and conserve our energy, or to work hard at everything we do at all times.
The square knot has been known by many names: The Reef Knot, The Hercules Knot, and The Square Knot. Its uses are varied and many. It has been used to secure medical bandages, tie shoelaces, tie belts and sashes, tie down sails, bundle sticks together, joining two ropes of equal diameter together, and much more. In this post we are going to talk about how to tie this simple, but copiously useful, knot.
In this current economy there are more people who are visiting Starbucks less and slowly becoming their own Barista. The savings that this approach offers, as well as the overall enjoyment of creating your own perfect cup of coffee, makes it a very rewarding experience. In this post we will look at 3 large tips to help you in your endeavor of making great coffee at home!
One of the most important ingredients of coffee is water. As a matter of fact, coffee is 98% water. It doesn’t take much explanation to understand that great coffee starts with great water. Some people have great water in their home already, but more often than not most water that runs into people’s homes is more than just water.
Items such as Chlorine, Calcium, Fluoride, Iron and more can drastically change the taste of coffee. If you are striving for the perfect cup of joe, then take the time to start with the perfect cup of water. That might mean investing in a small filter for as needed use, or installing a whole system for your entire home. Whichever you choose, you will notice a difference in your coffee.
The other important factor that water has on coffee is its temperature. A properly brewing temperature of water exists in the range between 200F – 210F. In this range the grounds of the bean are heated to a perfect temperature to allow maximum release of flavor. If you get too hot, say boiling, then you will end up burning the bean and creating a more bitter flavor. The important thing to remember is that you want to get as close to boiling without actually allowing the water to boil for the best temperature.
This is a very subjective area, whether your tastes lie in mild, medium or dark roasts you are sure to find your perfect flavor with some experimentation. I would recommend going to your local coffee shop and grocery stores and asking for some samples of different flavors. Once you find the perfect flavor, you can also ask them to grind it for you as well.
The bean, much like any other organic material is best at the peak of its ripeness. And the flavor is kept best when the coffee is still in bean form. Once it is ground, the coffee has a limited life, and that life is more rapidly depleted when it is exposed to air. So, if you are going to get pre-ground coffee make sure you have a way to keep the air out of its storage container.
The other option is to buy whole beans and grind them as you need them. A typical coffee grinder will work fine, but you will want to make sure that you are grinding the bean to the correct size. If the grind is too course you won’t get the right flavor, and if it is too fine you may get a poor flavor. The trick is to learn the right grind, through guidance and experience, and then stick with it.
Method of Brewing
There are many ways to brew coffee, the percolator, typical home coffee maker, french press, and many more. The main purpose of the brewing of coffee is to extract as much flavor from the bean as possible. There are definitely methods which are better than others at this process.
The most successful method of achieving that goal is using french press. The french press allows for the ground beans to float in the perfect temperature of water to fully extract all the flavor of the bean. A good french press could easily run you $50 and will only brew 2-4 cups at a time. Obviously, there are times when you need much more coffee than that, and creating it all in a french press is just not practical.
In those cases where a french press is not practical, your next best solution is the conventional home coffee maker. I am referring the Mr. Coffee and Bunn line of coffee makers. When it comes to these lines of machines, there is a clear leader in extracting the flavor of the bean. The drip method doesn’t allow the ground bean to dwell in the perfect temperature as long as it should, so the taste won’t be as great. Some coffee maker companies, however, have devised methods to increase the flavor released from the bean. One of the best in this area is the Bunn.
Bunn uses a special process, where it introduces 210F degree water into the basket with a swirling motion. The swirling motion allows for the beans to float and release as much flavor as is possible with a conventional coffee machine. Additionally, the Bunn offers one of the fastest brew times available. If you are going to buy a conventional coffee maker, try to steer towards a higher end model that is focused on doing the job right!
No matter what, savor and enjoy the experience of making great coffee at home!
There is much to be thankful for in our lives – family, love, friends, success, health, independence, future plans, past memories, and…of course…food. There are only a couple of holidays that are better than one that commemorates and celebrates an abundance of food, especially great food. One part of the festivities is usually a well carved turkey. This post is dedicated to all those tips and tricks to carve the perfect turkey.
Recently in Ohio we have received a little snow. With snow always comes the excitement of sledding, snowball fights, and the most magical gift of all – snow days. To help get everyone ready for these activities. I decided to kick things off with a look at a couple of different ways to build a snow fort, and also how to utilize these various forts for a full fledged outpost.
“If we do not change our direction, we will end up where we are headed.” – Chinese Proverb
Getting from point A to point B seems like an easy enough task. That is as long as while at Point A you can see Point B, and can see point B at all times during your journey. What happens when the journey is much harder. Through wooded areas, down valleys, and around rivers? In that case we need a tool – a compass. And a skill known as orientation. [Read more…]
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying
In an earlier post, we discussed the basics of direction and how a compass works. In this post we are going to look into how to use the compass to get you to the right location. There are two important components that we will discuss, how to shoot and azimuth and how to keep track of your distance. [Read more…]
Spring is upon us. There is a certain smell is the air and an energy from the sun that puts a hop in our step. Many people call this excitement about the better weather and anticipation of summer activities Spring Fever. If you are like me, with a giant case of Spring Fever, you are ready to get back out full force into the outdoors. I decided to compile a list of activities to help cure your Spring Fever. [Read more…]
The Double Half-Hitch has been used for centuries for numerous purposes. The origins are unknown, but it can date back easily to the ancient times.
Some Uses for the Two Half Hitches:
- Tying a rope to a tree – to pull the tree over.
- Tying a rope to a tree – to keep people from pulling you over.
- Tying a rope to a tree – so you can repel off a cliff.
- Tying a rope to a truck – so you can pull another truck.
- Any act that includes tying a rope to an object wherein the rope needs to be able to hold tight to the object it is tied to.
The Two Half Hitch is a very useful knot for the outdoors. Whether setting up a tent and tying guidelines to tent stakes, or securing a bear bag in a tree this knot is sure to perform excellently.
This particular arrangement of Half Hitches causes the knot, when pressure or force is applied to the rope, to tighten around the object it is tied to. If you would like for the knot to stay a certain distance from the tree or object then a Taught Line Hitch or a Bowline would be a better knot.
How to tie a Two Half Hitches (from Wikipedia):
- Begin by forming a clockwise loop around the pole, with the working end of the rope on top. Bring the working end through the loop. At this point, you have an overhand knot around the pole.
- Bring the working end down and to the left. Loop it under the standing end. Pull the working end through the loop just formed, tighten, and slide the knot along the standing end up to the post.
- A correctly tied two half hitches resembles a clove hitch tied around the standing end of the line, not a cow hitch.
Do you have any input on this knot and it’s uses? Feel free to add more in the comments section.