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#1620751 DIY Corned Beef!

Posted by sinensis on 17 March 2019 - 08:27 PM

i can't find corned beef pics, but here's a pastrami from scratch. pretty much just corned a prime brisket and then smoked it. this one was good af, but i haven't made it in years.












#1620583 TDS/PPM/PH

Posted by sinensis on 17 March 2019 - 02:21 AM

From a small amount of research, it looks as though I'm supposed to be around 5.5 for ph. Does that sound about right?

sounds ok, but maybe research more and wait for others to chime in

I am coming up short on PPM research though. Does my PPM level after I add the nutriants depend upon what it is coming out of the faucet? An example would be that straight from the faucet, it reads 200 and I need to add a level of 500 so I'm look for the meter to read 700. These numbers are just for an example, I'm just not sure what level I should be shooting for when mixing nutes.

yes, TDS depends on your starting water. and theoretically, distilled water should have a TDS of 0 ppm.

PS: since you say you are short on research, i say this just as an FYI, not to 'correct' you...
your meter is really measuring EC, not TDS. if it's giving you "TDS" instead, it's really giving you an estimate based on EC using a conversion factor, and you need to know which conversion factor it's using if you want to 100% understand what it's telling you.

imo, in gardening applications, people should just speak in terms of EC so everyone's on the same page.

one guy's "TDS" isn't necessarily the same as another's "TDS", and you won't know unless both specify the EC -> TDS conversion factors they're using.


this can serve as a decent primer: http://www.scielo.or...502015000400008
my research has come up somewhat short as well. here's some of my ramblings when i was playing around with kratky (which i've sort of abandoned):
in particular:

i don't really understand the implications of EC beyond trying to use it to get some idea of nutrient concentration. i've read some posts with rhetoric about "don't use tap water as it will count towards your EC" as if to say that all contributors to conductance have an equally meaningful impact on plant health. i've probably misunderstood it? i don't get why we're looking at EC all the time instead of just relying on initial gravimetric and volumetric measurements (or better yet, testing for individual nutrients). what can EC tell you if you don't know what's contributing to it? is there some overall upper limit for EC where plants tend to get sick? if anyone can point me in the right direction, i'd appreciate it.  :think:

#1620075 Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo 2019 (June 29-30), who's going?

Posted by sinensis on 14 March 2019 - 05:12 PM





here's how the tickets are looking right now:




last year, i told myself i'd just buy a ticket at the door because eventbrite charges an extra fee to buy online, but i wonder if this is special earlybird pricing.

for comparison, here's the pricing from last year:






here's last year's thread: http://thehotpepper....hot-sauce-expo/


i was thinking it could be fun for us THPers to meet up! who's going and on which day (sat or sun)?


i'll bump this a few more times as the date draws near. hope to see some of you there  :dance:


#1616797 Need opinions on these 2 LED lights

Posted by sinensis on 01 March 2019 - 12:34 AM

quantum boards imo are the most elite led grow lights, especially 'official' HLG ones. but it's really hard for me to justify the price for just some peppers or whatever. imho they make a lot more sense if you're growing weed to sell.

#1616614 Unexpected kitchen gadgets

Posted by sinensis on 28 February 2019 - 02:20 AM

garbage disposal frozen drink maker, anyone?



tbh the ignorant part is that they don't seem to know that ice floats

#1616576 Wanted: Transition Team

Posted by sinensis on 27 February 2019 - 09:38 PM

nice, good luck with the migration!


there will always be haters, but guys, something to remember is upgrading isn't optional. big upgrades are always eventually necessary, and they almost always entail majorly changing the look and feel.

#1616465 CaneDog - Off-Season Season 2018/19

Posted by sinensis on 27 February 2019 - 12:41 PM

CaneDog i love the cutting holder you made with the open cell foam.


also despite being so old (over a month wow, peppers root slow), the leaves look healthy. i think that amount of foliage is the correct amount, nice to see a good example of how to do it.

#1616336 sinensis grow log 2019 (with tomato grafting!)

Posted by sinensis on 26 February 2019 - 07:47 PM

gave the tomatoes some mild ferts, thanks. they're monsters. they grew right up to the bulbs, and some leaves got a little purple and curly. i moved them down today:










i might try the perlite trick. i have the tray's grooves filled with water (so like 50% of the bottom surface area is water), and i mist the dome if i ever take it off. i also keep the vents closed, but the dome's seal with the tray probably isn't perfect.


doesn't seem dead yet, so we shall see. we're 9 days in i think since cutting. i wonder if i should remove more leaves?











the base is coming right along:










pepper seedlings looking good:



#1616098 favorite peas? (esp. for their tender, tasty shoots)

Posted by sinensis on 25 February 2019 - 06:51 PM

hey, about to do a baker creek seed order, and i'm trying to figure out what peas to get.


of course i love the pods (all kinds), but i'm a huge fan of pea tips:




maybe my favorite leafy green, i love ordering it stir fried with garlic at chinese restaurants


never grown peas before


i'm in illinois, near chicago


anyone know if some varieties are better than others for the edible shoots?




or if you don't know but have a general recommendation for a favorite cultivar, that's cool too


thanks, friends

#1616053 Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

Posted by sinensis on 25 February 2019 - 04:44 PM

West, in the game!  Don't forget to scarify them first with a quick blitz in the coffee grinder.



Actually, we've come to the conclusion that mortar and pestle seem to work the best for scarification, and helps with helmet heads. 



ahh, i see. i was just reading up on scarification the other day, thanks guys, ready to rock now




how we looking?

#1615899 Habanero Seedlings Won't Bend Toward Light

Posted by sinensis on 25 February 2019 - 01:09 AM

I think your plants are way too leggy already.

I would replant asap to save them, with just 20mm af plant sticking out.

Then get them closer to the lights.

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#1615865 Are green onions a cash crop?

Posted by sinensis on 24 February 2019 - 10:21 PM

haha. still though, by your math, pounds means 10 or more bundles. that sounds like a lot!!

#1615858 Are green onions a cash crop?

Posted by sinensis on 24 February 2019 - 10:11 PM

don't regular onions have a much longer shelf life?


and there's more demand? idk how many things i've made that call for pounds of green onion.

#1615594 Favorite heirloom tomatoes

Posted by sinensis on 23 February 2019 - 10:14 PM

those are some nice looking varieties you got picked out there.


even though FITN ordered seeds already, i'd love to hear more suggestions if anyone still wants to chime in  :P


might make an order myself next week.


also, i'll take this opportunity to whine about tomatoville. everyone likes whining, right? especially offtopic whining.

:drunk:  :violin:

i've been trying for over a year to get onto that damn forum. they really must not give a shit about getting new users, because i've never experienced this level of signup friction on a forum before. seems to me they've got that thing locked up tighter than fort knox. do they think they're a repository of gold bullion or tomato discourse?

i emailed all the email addresses i could find for them today and also used their contact form, so maybe i'll finally get up in there.


also, this guy's a little creepy:



and, does anyone® know™ what's up with all the trademarks™ on everything®?

is it a long running inside joke or something? lol

#1615540 2019 - The Farm

Posted by sinensis on 23 February 2019 - 05:47 PM

Mixed in some goodies





so awesome


manual mixing with a shovel on tarps sucks arse