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Bold Badger Sauces

Member Since 27 Jul 2014
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In Topic: Bold Badger 2018 grow log

11 July 2018 - 10:58 PM

Things are progressing nicely, but I think the plants are suffering a bit with the crazy heat lately.  It's been in the upper 90s constantly.  The plants at the big spot seem to be doing better, maybe because they have more shade.





The big spot.  After I took this pic I raked up all the grass clippings and mulched the plants with them.  I didn't do that last year but it's working out nicely.  The groundhog is to thank for that big spot with no plants.  I've seen it a couple of times, galloping away and crashing through the woods like the t-rex in Jurassic Park, it's huge.







Plants at the big spot.







Ghosts at the smaller spot, suffering from the heat.







Fatalis.  Suffering a bit more.





In other news, I got the go ahead from the food inspector to start turning my basement into a commercial kitchen.  At least enough of one for the fermentation phase, I'm still planning to do the cooking and bottling at the really nice one in Jackson county.  They have this awesome bottling machine that's worth the money alone.  Here's a video:



I always joke with people at the farmer's market, don't worry I used a certified commercial kitchen, I'm not just some guy making hot sauce in his basement.  I guess I'll have to retire that one, lol.  If I can't get it done in time I have some friends who are also working on building a commercial kitchen a lot closer than the other one I used, so I might wind up there.  And if that falls through I'll just use the same place as last year, not that I have any complaints there, it's just a longer drive.  Last year I would go pick a couple hundred pounds of peppers on Friday night, then drive about an hour to get there the next morning, chop up peppers for 12 hours, drive home, then go back up the next day for another long ass day of chopping peppers.  It would be a lot more convenient if I could go pick 50 pounds or so after work and do up one carboy every night of the week if I want to.  I'll also be able to monitor the fermentation much closer, regulate the temp better, and cap the carboys off when main fermentation is done, so I'm less likely to get kahm.


Now I just need to go buy a bunch of drywall and stuff and get to work.  If only I weren't such a lazy bastard, lol.



In Topic: Suggestions on larger scale fermentation gear?

11 July 2018 - 10:43 AM

I used the 7 gallon kegco glass carboys linked above for my hot sauce.  Last year I had 11 of them total.  They worked wonderfully, but I would warn you that the glass is a lot thinner than it looks.  I accidentally broke a couple of them and I was kind of shocked how thin, way thinner than window glass in spots.


Here's an ebay vendor that sells them for a few dollars cheaper, with free shipping:  https://www.ebay.com...NoAAOSwoydWmCng

In Topic: 2018 - The Farm

05 July 2018 - 02:41 PM

Dude, much respect, this is by far the most epic grow log ever.  I just made it to the end after spending several weeks reading each and every post.  Makes what I'm doing look like child's play, lol.

In Topic: Bold Badger 2018 grow log

28 June 2018 - 09:48 PM

Things are kicking into high gear now.  Got little pods on a few plants.  I topped about half at the big spot and all at the small spot.  Should be an interesting comparison since last year I topped them all.  In fact I don't think I've ever not topped a pepper plant.





The big spot, in need of some weeding.





Plants at the big spot.










Fatalis.  That big one is kicking ass.



So far so good on the groundhog problem, haven't lost any more plants.









In Topic: 2017 Grow Log - 200 plants, 30 varieties

21 June 2018 - 05:29 AM

My old username was theBelvidere.  They changed it for me when I upgraded to the biz membership on here.