HopBox: Handcrafted Homebrew Kit

first_img The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Editors’ Recommendations More often than not, the deeper you get into building a serious home brewing operation, the more it starts to look like an oversized chemistry set. To be fair, that’s exactly what it is when you really get down to it, but just because you’re fermenting some stuff doesn’t mean your garage needs to look like a mad scientist’s laboratory.HopBox is a solution to this problem. Designed by architecture student and avid home brewer Michael Langone, the HopBox kit includes everything you need to start brewing: carboys, C02 regulators, siphon tubes, strainers, bottles, hops, barley, yeast — the whole shabang, all fitted neatly inside a sturdy pine box. This way, not only does your brew station stay organized, it actually looks good. This thing wouldn’t be out of place in your living room — let alone your garage.Langone actually started making the boxes and selling them on Etsy, but (unsurprisingly) demand quickly outpaced supply, so now he’s launched a Kickstarter project to help scale up production. At this point in time he’s offering four different models. They vary in size, shape, and included components, but every kit will allow you to start brewing right away. The only difference is how much volume you can brew with each set.The Kickstarter campaign has already blasted past its initial funding goal, so if you back the project within the next couple weeks, you can lock a HopBox down for anywhere from $170 to $285. Langone expects to ship the first units sometime in late July/early August.Find out more here. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How to Buy a House: Must-Read Steps and Tips to Guide You Through the Process Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking last_img read more

Preparing for Hurricane Season as Hurricane Bill Gains Strength

first_img Maintain an emergency kit, including food water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a family shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. Make arrangements to help a senior or other people in the neighbourhood that may need help. Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Refrain from going to coastal areas to watch a severe storm. It can be very dangerous. Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness. The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising the public to take necessary precautions as Hurricane Bill gains strength in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 500 kilometres off St. Martin in the Caribbean as of 1:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20. “Environment Canada indicates that this storm will maintain its hurricane status as it heads north,” Ramona Jennex, Emergency Management Minister, said. “While we know that hurricanes are unpredictable, this is an opportunity to remind all Nova Scotians that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “The most important things individuals can do is keep informed by listening for updated weather information and public safety bulletins and act accordingly,” said Dennis Kelly, acting deputy head and CEO of the Emergency Management Office. Other ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency are: last_img read more