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You have to have something to drink while running FT8

Running FT8 requires time and timing.  You need enough time to manage the flow as software QSOs unfold and you have to have great timing for your machine to keep your transmissions and decoding synced with other stations.

And then you get thirsty!

I know some operators quaff coffee and some chug beer, at the risk of becoming too excitable or bordering on a stupor.

But I’m in the fourth year of a healthier diet that excludes caffeine and alcohol.  The alcohol abstinence was a challenge after many decades brewing my own beer, hard cider, mead and wine, as I lost the makers-side which had become a bit of a hobby.

So what could I make and drink?

Kombucha is my choice.  Fermented tea where the process also consumes the majority of the caffeine and later in the process consumes most of the alcohol.

Here is a picture from this weekend – the dark are Elderberry flavored and the amber are ginger flavored.

A bottled batch of K9ZW Kombucha

A bottled batch of K9ZW Kombucha

So when you see me on FT8 you can figure the human element is fired with Kombucha rather than coffee or beer!




Non-Radio – Kombucha Flavors

I had a couple people ask for a bit of details on my Kombucha brewing, and specifically flavoring. Running a continuous-batch system, based around the equipment & starter from Kombucha Kamp – link: https://www.kombuchakamp.com/ These are really good folk and I recommend you check them out if interested in brewing your own.

I’ve been working from in-the-bottle flavorings based partly on word-of-mouth, part right from the Big Book of Kombucha (which you can get from Kombucha Kamp), part from internet & book references, and lastly from instinctive experimentation.

Ten of my recent flavors

I’ve been rotating through roughly 18 different recipes in an effort to tweak them the way we like them.

Here are some close-ups:

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Non-Radio – Brewing Kombucha

I’ve had a couple emails asking if I do anything besides radio?  Over the next couple months I’ll trickle in a few posts in the “Non-Radio” category sharing some of my other passions.

The first one is Brewing Kombucha.  Briefly Kombucha is a biological fermentation of sweetened tea that ends up a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated, effervescent sweet & sour drink. 

Here is the bottling from a May 23rd 2020 batch – Root Beer, Dandelion & Burdock, and Elderberry:   

Using 375ml flip-top bottles

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