D & L Company Glow Stomp Rocket Jr.

Stomp Rocket Jr


I was searching for a toy gift for my little man who was turning 5. At some point in my research, I found a website with top toys for boys his age. On this list was the D&L Stomp Rocket Junior Glow In The Dark set which came highly recommended. I searched for this product and found it at available at Walmart online with free in store pickup. ( http://www.walmart.com/ip/D-L-Company-Glow-Stomp-Rocket-Jr./17270237 ) I was pleasantly surprised at the price (~$12.00), but a little skeptical about the quality with that price. Unfortunately, I found this product too late to make it in time for the little guy’s birthday, but it worked out better anyways. He got to open a present on his sister’s birthday this way so he was occupied while she had her day.

My little guy loved it right away…what little boy doesn’t love things that shoot stuff? It was very easy to put together and once I explained how it worked, off he went shooting rockets in the air over and over again. I was really surprised with how high the rockets flew! The quality is good. We did have one issue, one of the rockets had a slice down the side. Upon closer inspection, it looks like the foam was malformed at the factory and was really thin in this location. We put a piece of tape over the slit and it worked ok. We later contacted the company on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/OriginalStompRocket )and they contacted us and eventually sent us a free refill pack! Later that night, my little guy said “Daddy, we have to stay up late tonight.” I asked “Why?” He said “So we can shoot of my glowing rockets!” He has since played with it by himself several times and nothing has broken.

What comes in the package? There are two rigid plastic pieces that slide together to form the stand. A small bolt and wing nut are included to fasten the flexible tube to the stand. The air chamber is already attached to the flexible tube, so once you figure out how the stand goes together, the toy is ready to rock and roll within 5 minutes.

Assembled


Closeup


How does it work? Your little one puts one of the foam rockets on the end of the tube attached to the stand. Then then jump up in the air and land on the air chamber, which forces the air in the chamber through the flexible tube with the rocket on the end. The air needs someplace to go, so it forces the rocket off the end of the tube and high into the air.

Setting it up


3..2..1..launch


Where can it go wrong? As with any projectile toy, it can be aimed at brothers, sisters, and pets. Fortunately, the rockets are made of very soft foam so they cause no injury when your little one decides to be a wise guy.

I highly recommend this product. The price is right. The quality is good. The fun factor is great. And our experience with the company backing their product was nothing less than stellar. My son gives this product 100 thumbs up.

I don’t have 100 thumbs.

I received no compensation for this review, it was all done on my own. As much as I will call out products that I believe fall short of promises, I will also point out products that I believe are great.

You Make Your Own Mead? – A Cyser story

So I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the honey a bunch of my homebrew club members went in on. I got a gallon of wildflower honey.

The honey, a bit crystalized


Since the honey was crystalized, and I got it in a Lowes bucket, I decided I would heat my honey up and pasteurize it. Transferring it from the bucket was fun, but I thought up a good system that worked. I boiled a little water in a pan, and dipped my metal spoon in it to heat it up. Then the hot spoon scooped out the honey easily into another pan.

The honey, ready to be liquified


The pan I used for heating the spoon now contained a liquid that tasted too good to go to waste, so I poured it into some jars with tea bags to make a honey tea. I also rinsed out all containers that had honey in them with the hot tea later.

Tea!


I bloomed two packets of US-05 in a pint of apple juice straight from the container.

Bloom little yeasties, bloom!


So I heated up 8 pounds of the wildflower honey in a big double boiler formed by two stainless steel pots. I got the honey up to 170ish by the time it all liquified.

The honey was a lot easier to handle once it is liquified.


While the honey heated up, I dumped 1/2 of four of the apple juice 1/2 gallon containers into the fermenter. The other halves got shook up with the 1# of brown sugar split between them. Lots of aeration. The remaining four apple juice containers were half emptied and each remaining half shook up before being dumped in the fermenter. Once the honey was liquified, in it went too and I used my new 24″ stainless steel whisk to mix it up good. Yeast went in with the first 1/3 of the staggered yeast nutrient schedule, then it went down to my fermentation chamber set at 65F.

Here is the must ready for yeast!


I liquified the additional honey from the gallon.

The rest of the honey.


I woke up to a nice foamy krausen on the must today.

The second addition of the staggered yeast nutrients went in on this fluffy pillow.


Recipe summary:
8# wildflower honey
4 gallons apple juice Ascorbic Acid the only preservative
US-05 yeast
Staggered Yeast Nutrient Schedule

One of our ladies has left us for the big chicken coop in the sky

Sadly, when Justin went to close up the chickens yesterday evening and found one of our old ladies had died. It looks like she laid down her head and peacefully closed her eyes for good. I’m pretty sure it was the chicken we had living in our house when she was sick. Good bye chicky, thank you for all the eggs you gave us.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Front page of the local paper

http://wareham-ma.villagesoup.com/p/fond-memories-facebook-bring-angel-to-wareham/936120

My tribute to my brother has turned into a Pay it Forward event that has exploded locally and even gone across to the other coast.

Floored.

scottMarcSchluter

You Brew Your Own Beer? Pretzel beer?

I am taking a break from brewing starting January so I can prepare for my Professional Engineer exam in April. I have some backstock ingredients so I have been working them down. Today I brewed an experimental beer that I hope reminds me of pretzels.

Here is the recipe for 1.5 gallons:
10.00 g Sea Salt (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1 lbs 10.4 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 2 69.5 %
4.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 3 10.5 %
4.0 oz White Wheat Malt-toasted (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 10.5 %
2.0 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 5 5.3 %
0.30 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] – Boil 90.0 min Hop 6 23.1 IBUs
1.6 oz Cane (Beet) Sugar (0.0 SRM) Sugar 7 4.2 % post krausen

I did a step mash, biab, stovetop. The first rest was 122F for 30 minutes. The second rest was 152F for 60 minutes. I did a 90 minute boil. I didn’t have any beer yeast, so I used a packet of Montrachet. Hopefully it rips through the sugars, I’m not looking for yeast character on this one anyways. Hopefully the acid malt gives the hint of sourdough, the salt, well salt, and the toasted wheat that toasty outer crust of a pretzel. The wort tasted pretty good going into the fermenter.

I used a 5 gallon paint strainer for this BIAB on my stovetop

The mash, really light with the white wheat

Sleeping bag wrap for the rests

Almost the scale of steeping grains in extract brewing…

Back to the kitchen sink cooling

While I was brewing, some other things were going on at Little House on the Sandpit…

Panels for gingerbread houses were made

I tried some pine needle and spruce tip tea

and our sick chicken started to feel better, she can stand without falling over now.

You Grow Your Own Food? Harvest 11-17-12 Cold November Lettuce

Low tunnels still producing.

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