Posts tagged: drinking water

Drinking Water: Cleaning the Berkey

By , July 27, 2016

The last few weeks of sunny, dry weather before the usual July rains began represent the low point of drinking water filtration on our homestead.

When we used one-time filters in a fitted pitcher, we would often find the filters, which are meant to last about a month, clogging after two weeks or less. We learned to set them aside to dry in order to eke out an additional quart or two of filtered water, but after that, we had to throw them away.

Now we have the Berkfield® filtration system, or Berkey (see Drinking Water: Better Filtering). We’re making it through the low point of filtration in a different way; we’re also comparing it to what the directions led us to expect.

Looks like it's time to clean the filters again (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Looks like it’s time to clean the filters again (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Dribs and Drabs

By , March 22, 2016

My life seems bound by dribs and drabs lately. Much of what occupies me at the moment centers around the flow of liquids, many of which trickle when I wish they would flow.

After our success with birch wine last year, I anticipated using all the available sap this spring to make a whole lot more. In previous years, we’ve had so much sap we gave bottles of it away to neighbors (see “Moonshine”). I expected the same this year, and geared up for a lot of wine and juice making (we like to reconstitute fruit juice in birch sap instead of water for a spring tonic).

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