Over the past four years, I have written here on this blog about my experiences making cider, and I’ve chronicled the progress as I’ve endeavored to develop simple, practical homestead-scale cidermaking equipment. Then, when I finally had it all figured out, I told you, my readers, that I was going to put together a plan book. I offered pre-publication copies at a good discount. Ninety six of you out there bought a pre-publication copy. You trusted me to get the job done. I thank you for that.
My printer managed to get me enough books by the end of February to fill all my pre-publication orders. The books are in the mail, on their way to you. Everything came together very nicely. Thank you again everyone.
Now it is my hope that those of you who bought the book will absorb the how-to information and be inspired to build your own amazing Whizbang apple grinder and cider press. It is only March, but you know how quickly time passes...apple cider season will be here before you know it. Think Fresh-Squeezed Sweet Cider. Think of how fun and rewarding it will be to turn bushels of apples into gallons of cider. And as you are making that cider with your friends and family, you will also be making sweet cider smiles (as I explain in the Introduction to the book).
For those who would like some help with making their Whizbang Cidermaking equipment, I will be selling some project parts. First, I will be posting information soon at www.Whizbang Cider.com about the HDPE plastic hoop kits I’ll be selling. These kits will include the stainless steel screws that you need to attach the hoops.
By the end of March, I should be posting information about other HDPE plastic components that I will be offering. You don’t need to use HDPE components in your press. Plywood and pine will suffice, if sealed with polyurethane. But HDPE is food safe and easy to clean. It makes a great top surface for the grinder, as well as the bottom pan, pressing discs, and pressure plate (as shown in the photos of my cidermaking equipment, which you can see HERE).
My hope is to have drain rack kits available soon, but there has been a setback in that department. I will eventually get back on track with this item.
Marlene (my wife) has been working to locate a company that can sew cider press filter bags at a reasonable price. As the planbook explains, you can get these bags from Lehmans in Kidron, Ohio. But we hope to offer our own pressing bags at a more reasonable price.
So things are progressing here with the Whizbang Cider project. My objective is to help you help yourself to great homemade apple cider. There are probably millions of bushels of cider-quality apples that go to waste every year in this country. That is a shame. We, the soon-to-be League of Whizbang Cidermakers will do something about that! Waste not, want not.
Since I’m in a Whizbang business mode, I’ll share with you a few other new developments.....
Just today I managed to get my blog/catalog at www.WhizbangBooks.com modified so that you can click and “add to cart” all the books and project parts I sell. Buying from Whizbang Books on the internet is now very convenient. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time.
I was able to get the shopping cart set up because I now have fast internet. I’ve labored under the limitations of dial-up for years. Finally, I decided to make the switch. The hold up was the monthly cost. I took care of that by disconnecting the Whizbang Books phone line. The cost of fast internet and my monthly phone bill were about the same. I’m relieved to be rid of the phone. It took messages and I was woefully negligent about returning calls. Besides that, most all my Whizbang business is done over the internet or through the mail. As an added bonus, fast internet now allows me to do more with my blog. You may have noticed a lot more photos and such being posted at this blog since the beginning of the year. That’s what fast internet can do for you.
If you have a hankering to build your own Whizbang Chicken Scalder, this month is a good time to buy the plan book. Scratch & dent copies are on sale this month for $10 off the retail price. Click Here For Complete Details (and a handy “Add to Cart” button).
The Planet Whizbang project is progressing. I’m even more excited about my Planet Whizbang gardening tool than I am the whole Whizbang Cider project (and I’m more than just a little excited about that). I will be explaining exactly what the Planet Whizbang is in the next day or two. I’ll be showing you a picture of this closely-guarded Whizbang secret.
And finally, before the end of this next week, I hope to reveal to you that “midlife crisis” birthday present I bought for myself 2-1/2 months ago (and just got last week).
I (Herrick KImball) have been blogging here about Faith, Family & Livin' The Good Life since 2005. Browse down this column and you will discover a rich resource of contra-industrial thought, down-to-earth inspiration & useful how-to information.
CLICK HEREto view the archive of links to past Deliberate Agrarian monthly "blogazines."
My Stewardculture Magazine Interview (Part 1)
Click The Picture For Details
Delmar Ain't So Stupid...
Click on Delmar and read why I think he's the smartest of the three characters in the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" movie
Aphorisms Of The Fathers...
And The Mothers (click the picture)
My New York Times Op-Ed Article
The Jeffersonian Solution (click the man and read the article)
Check Out My New Whizbang Gardening Facebook Page...
(click the picture to get there)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 1
It's A Biblical Imperative (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 2
We Are Not Called To Be Slaves (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 3
Profile of a Free Man (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 4
Sage Advice For Would-Be Farmers (click the picture)
Corporationism vs Independent Patriarchal Units
Lyberty Hyde Bailey (1927) Read it and weep. (click the picture)
Read The Book— Writings Of A Deliberate Agrarian
…Now available as a PDF download for only $4.50 (click the picture for details)
Farming 1.5 Acres...
…And Making A Good Living. (click the picture)
Goodness, Beauty & Loving The Earth
A Christian-Agrarian Missive on God's Creation
We can learn a lot from the old agricultural writings (Click the picture for more details)
This Man, Now Deceased, Predicted The Economic Decline of America Back in The 1950's.
Click the picture to read about Professor Walter Prescott Webb's Boom Hypothesis of Modern History, and where we are headed from here
Agrarian-Style Economic Self Defense...
I posted this to the internet in early 2008. It is still the most practical advice you'll get for dealing with the harsh economic realities that we face now and will face even more in the years ahead. (click the picture to read the essay)
Modern Banking is An Evil System of Economic Oppression
Click the picture for details
The Coming Pension Crisis...
...And what you can do about it. (click the picture)
How To Get Through The Coming Hyperinflation
click the picture to read the 6-part series
Have You Considered Deflation?
Martin Armstrong seems pretty sure of himself (click the sign for details)
The Christian Doctrine of Work
Something's Missing in The 10 Commandmants as it is commonly known. (click the picture)
Scott Nearing's "Horse Chow"
A Four Part Series (click on any of the raisins in the bowl)
Mr. Tesoro's Story
(click the picture)
Blessed is the Man...
Reflections on "tax day." (click the old paper)
Some Thoughts on Christian-Agrarian Community (click the picture)
A Herod Nation
Is that What America Has Become? (click the picture)
How To Remember (And Teach Your Children) The 10 Commandments
click the sad bath
Light in Our Dwellings...
Christianity + Agrarianism = Hope In the midst of a dying industrial culture (click the light)
Have You Seen My Whizbang Gardening Book?
5 stars at Amazon. Click the cover to learn more.
New From Planet Whizbang... The Old-Timer's Poultry Library
A rare and fascinating resource for the poultry lover (click the picture for details)
Take A Short Tour Of My Garden...
Strawberries From My Garden!
Grown the "E.P. Roe Way" (click the picture to learn more)
Rural Americans: Cannon Fodder For The New World Order
Click on Sergeant York to read the story.
Freedom Isn't Free (And Other Propoganda)
(click the picture)
Esther Stermer Was A Conspiracy Theorist!
Obviously the woman was a little crazy.… Right? (click the picture for the story)
How Free Men Become Slaves...
A Contra-Industrial Parable From The Okefenokee Swamp (click the pigs)
I Make Classic American Clothespins
click the clothespin and learn all about them.
Have You been to The Agrarian Foundation Article Archives?
(click the picture and go)
What Would an Agrarian Monetary System Look Like?
Well, for one thing, it would NOT be based on paper money. Click Andy Jackson for some details.
Thomas Jefferson's Warnings About Government Debt (Then and Now)
Read it and weep (click the president)
How Farmers Became Slaves To The Corporate Masters
Click on the mostly forgotton 1937 book by Professor Walter Prescott Webb and learn the sad story
A Christian-Agrarian perspective (click the picture to read the essay)
The Puritan Theology of Suffering...
An excellent treatise on a difficult subject. (click the picture to learn more)
A Missive On The Prosperity-Driven Life
"The desire to be rich, to have an abundance of possessions and money, is the keystone of our modern, neo-Babylonian culture." (click the picture for my perspective)
Prosperity Gospel/ Prosperity Idolatry
Click the picture to hear John Piper's powerful 2.5 minute condemnation of the modern prosperity gospel
... And Me (click the trap)
Another of my online projects (click the picture)
Have You Been To Planet Whizbang?
It's my deliberate agrarian home business. Click the beet and check it out.
NEW…. Whizbang Notes
These delightful little notebooks are a great down-to-earth tool. Click the beet to learn more.
Have You Seen The Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe I Invented?
Click The Picture For Details about the hoe and the inexpensive wheel hoe kits I sell
I Invite You To Read My Online Gardening Essays
Click on that beautiful handful of sifted compost.
The Wife Of My Youth...
A Blessed Man's Reflections on Young Love (click the happy faces)
Eulogy For Evelyn
She was my mother-in-law. (click the picture)
Ken Badman's Good Example
Actions Speak Louder Than Words. (click the picture)
We make our own maple syrup. Click on the picture for complete how-to details.
Have You Seen Leo Sprauer's Handcrafted Hop Hoe?
Click the picture to learn more.
Learn About Whizbang Bucket Irrigation...
(click the trickle valve)
Have You Read Roe?
E.P. Roe, that is. Click on his picture to read some excerpts from this remarkable Christian-agrarian author of the 1800s.
Yeomen don't buy furniture. They make their own. (click the picture)
Yeoman Furniture (Part 2)
Waste Not, Want Not (click the picture for the story)
My Amazing Whizbang Apple Grinder
You can make awesome apple mash, ready for pressing, in no time with this homemade device. Click on the picture to learn more
We Make Apple Cider
You can too (click on the picture to learn how)
Twelve Years Old Today
He's actually 22 now, but my prayer is the same
This is William Kimball (Him An Me Is Kin)
Click on the picture for William's Story
Click on the picture and I'll show you how to butcher a chicken
The Lovely Marlene With A Homemade Whizbang Garden Cart
Anyone can make a Whizbang Garden Cart. Click on the picture to learn how.
My Whizbang Row Cover Hoop System
Finally Online as of 1/29/10 (click the pic)
Have You Seen Jax Hamlin's Chickens?
Click The Chicken!
This Blog Promotes Personal Responsibility And Traditional Concepts of American Liberty
"If a community, or a section, or a race, or an age, is groaning under industrialism, and well aware that it is an evil dispensation, it must find a way to throw it off. To think that this cannot be done is pusillanimous. And if the whole community, section, race, or age thinks it cannot be done, then... it has doomed itself to impotence."
The Christian-Agrarian Exodus of 1620
The Pligrims did NOT come to America for religious freedom. (click the picture)
Vacuum Bottle Thermos Cooking
Learn how to prepare and cook simple, inexpensive, wholesome meals (click the thermos bottle to read)
The Sermon I'll Never Forget
Pastor West was at Iwo Jima (click Mt. Suribachi)
Planting Potatoes With A Little Girl
"I must admit that four year old girls were once something like aliens to me." (click the pic)
Boys Will Be…. Warriors
Swinging homemade maces at each other can be great fun! (click the warriors)
Benny's Grandfather Was A Ditch Digger
And He Grew Tomatoes (click the Big Boy)
Backyard Poultry Processing With My 11-Year-Old Son
If he can do it, so can you. (click on the smiley face)
Another Summer Evening's Meal
This is the kind of food we dream about in the depths of winter. (click on the picture)
Pickled Garlic Scapes
Click on the silly boy's nose for a pickled scape tutorial
"Every Bean's A Blessing, Boys"
Dried beans present an opportunity to teach important things to my children (click the beans)
I bought my sons hay hooks, and they have gotten a lot of use since I wrote this essay