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Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit.  Previously I reviewed a product called FermentEm Mason Jar Lids.   But, I have been asked for alternatives and I have researched a lot of them and found another great one to recommend.  I want to point out here while I am reviewing the full kit, you can get…

You can also get these in regular vs. wide mouth jars but I personally prefer wide mouth for most fermenting.   Anyway I am very happy with this product.  The pebbles do a great job keeping stuff under the brine, everything cleans up in seconds with just hot water and they just fricken work, and like the FermentEm lids they are waterless so they can’t dry out, they are about as fool proof as it gets.

For more info see the video below where I give an over view and show a few of the ferments I have going right now.  And consider the Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit or specific components of it for your fermenting needs.

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P.S. – The endorsement of this product should not be seen as a negative to my previous endorsement of the FermentEm product, both of these items are stellar, that said, so far I would give a very slight edge to the Mason Tops Pickle Pipes, they are just fantastic and store in such a small amount of space.

Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

The Truth vs. The Bullshit About Net Neutrality

This is an exert from The Survival Podcast Episode 2042, it explains what net neutrality is really all about vs. the hysteria being trumped up by people that know nothing of networks.

Below the video is a minor summary of the experience I am drawing on in speaking in this video.  I don’t generally talk a lot about my past experience in this world as it is seldom truly relevant to what we discuss on TSP, it is however very relevant to this discussion.

When someone tells you that we need net neutrality please do two things.  Ask them what experience they actually have with large scale data networks and if they know the difference and similarities of say a DSLAM and a CMTS?  Then ask them to watch this video.  The hysteria around this issue would be funny if it were not so damn deceitful and so damn effective.

My Personal Experience with Network Design, Installation and Management

At one time I was a Certified Bicsi RCDD, with both LAN and OSP add ons. The RCDD test alone has a 70+% first time failure rate and less than 10% of RCDDs had BOTH LAN and OSP add on certifications at the time I did.  The LAN add on is now replaced with DCDC certification.

My past employment includes designing and installing both LANs and WANs.

I have extensive experience in installing, programming and managing Central Office equipment. (where you get your DSL from)

I have actually designed and built Head Ends from the ground up. (where you get your broadband cable internet from).

I have sold equipment into the carrier space, specifically -48 VDC for the equipment that actually provides DSL and worked closely with engineers at companies like Alcatel (Now Nokia after becoming Alcatel-Lucent) as a supporting vendor and co systems designer.

I spent 2.5 years overseeing the primary contractor crews that installed all the optical and up graded hard line cabling both aerial and under ground for what was at the time Marcus Cable. Including equipment installation both in the field and tie ins at the Marcus Cable head ends for the entire Western DFW Metroplex.

This was done specifically to provide high speed internet. Marcus Cable was absorbed by Charter Communications. Hence if you live on the western side of Dallas Fort Worth, and use Charter Spectrum, you are getting your TV and internet over equipment and cable I personally installed or supervised the installation of over 15 years ago.

I also spent 3 years working for Fluke Networks and have a full understanding of network testing for both customer premise (LANs) and Outside Plant (WANs)

My first telco job was for MCI to date my experience a bit. My primary responsibility was installing and servicing MUX (multiplexing equipment) for Central Office equipment, at that time we were talking voice networks, but multiplexing (aka trunking) works the same in all multi user networks.

Finally before leaving corporate America my last job was working with major wireless providers designing software to optimize LTE and 3G Networks. This company is called (Cerion Optimization Services) and has worked with AT&T and other carriers to optimize their network since 2002.

While I didn’t do the programming or actual work in that role I served as the Companies CMO, while at the same time serving for their sister company as COO. That sister company (Dataworkforce) provided thousands of contractors that were deployed across the entire world to actually install, program and manage these networks.  Both wired and wireless.

This doesn’t make me right in and of itself HOWEVER it does make me a lot more informed about this subject than the majority of the people spouting off about it right now. Please consider that before you tell me I don’t know what I am talking about.

Lastly this entire 20 minute presentation was done on the fly with no notes, no outline, nothing. Why?  Because I actually know the subject matter, despite leaving the industry in 2012, which itself was 6 full years after the entire push for so called “net neutrality” began.

1400 Gallon Timber Frame Tank Aquatic System Build

This project was a long time coming, I transformed a platform we had built for a water catchment tank into a 1400ish gallon fish tank using a EDPM liner.

The system currently has 4 ebb and flow beds but this is not true aquaponics but rather an aquatic system using a aquaponics component as a bio filtration system.

The body of this is built with 4×4 pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.  The first layer is 4 inches below grade and held into the limestone with 12 inch hot dipped galvanized spikes, which were aided in penetration by hammer drilling into the limestone layer.  The other layers are each attached with 20, 6-inch galvanized spikes per course (5 per piece of lumber).  Translation it isn’t going anyway.

Plans now include creating a floating plant island to prevent floating plants from being pummeled by the overflows and aeration wand.    Adding cinder block towers and benches for emergent vegetation and of course adding a lot more fish.  We also need to do some plain old landscaping around the area to make things look better now that the heavy part of the project is done.

Pickerel Rush an Edible and Beautiful Plant for Your Water Garden

Big thanks to Nick Burtner at School of Permaculture ( for posting about this plant being edible on Facebook.

Been growing it for years and never knew it was that type of resource.  The seeds are pretty good raw, I would say adding them to salads would be a good use, I am going to try toasting them gently to crisp them up a bit and bring out more flavor, when I do I will report back to you guys on the results.

Also here is a video by Green Dean on using this plant for edible purposes.

S3 – Duck Chronicles 24 – 12 Turkeys Out The Door

Well it has been long enough in the chicken tractor for the turkey polts so today they have freedom. Unlike chickens and ducks they really bond with people and have no real fear, so the biggest danger right now is accidentally stepping on one of them.

P.S. – Product I mentioned for cracked heals, I love this stuff

Episode 23 of the Duck Chronicles – Full Swales and Happy Ducks

A rainy day in June especially late June is a gift in North Central Texas, especially when it comes without baseball sized hail, deadly lightning and swirling clouds of death and destruction.

Now when that rain totals over two inches and takes 5-6 hours in the very early morning to come down, and then it keeps steadily slowing raining for 5 more hours, man, heaven.  You can keep your clear blue skys and sunny days this time of year, give me a few days a moth like this and I and the farm are set.

The results are full swales, 10s of thousands of gallons infiltrated instead of washed away, a happy duck farmer and very happy ducks.

Season Three – Duck Chronicles Episode 20

We have a big episode today with a lot going on.  First, we “release the ducks” and check for both rats and the rat snake in the duck house, neither where present.   We then get caught up with the baby ducks and baby chickens.  The bantam chickens are being put out each morning in one of our prototype quail tractors (aka the QuailTrackr) and the turkeys are running about the 12th mission to date in the first chicken tractor I ever built.

If I ever build another one I would do a lot differently but this one is still going and still doing a great job so we just keep using it.
We take a look at the project Dorothy and I did this weekend, revamping the three flood and drain beds in the upper part of the aquatic system.

The expanded shale just wasn’t draining well.  I came up with a simple technique of sorting the lava rock so that the top half of the beds is made up of the smallest pieces.  It adds about 15 minutes of work per bed but you do it only once and the results are totally worth it.

We finish up in the greenhouse and the quail aviary.  The cucumbers are really starting to produce in the green house, in the aviary I show you how I am using “mule tape” to tie up the white hubbard squash that now putting on fruit like crazy.

New Videos – Converting a Sig 239 – Planting Bloody Dock and Baby Bird Updates

In the first video I show you how to simply swap out the 40 S&W Barrel in the Sig 239 to 357 Sig.  To get a barrel like this the only source left seems to be directly from Sig Sauer



In the next video we are hanging out with the aquatics system and planting “Bloody Dock”  (rumex sanguineus).

I also discuss  Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation from Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc along with Dr. Earth 4-4-4 Fertilizer



Then in Episode 19 of season three of The Duck Chronicles we start off with the babies.  They all did good over night except one polt we lost.  Losing one or two birds is a normal part of things especially on the first day or two.  A day later we have had no more losses and everyone seems good to go.

We then head out to the front pasture and food forest to visit the ducks, we check out the effect of the swales and moderate irrigation vs. the rest of the property and pray for rain to come soon with out tornadoes.



New Videos – Aquaponics – Tree Collards – Baby Chicks and Polts and Zoodles

In this first video we check out some stuff in the aquaponics and aquatics systems, including Tree Collards that you can order at

We also look at the progress of the white Hubbard squash. Watch the bees working the Pickerel Rush and see the recent failure of the aquatic system and our temporary work around.



Next in Season Three – Episode 18 of The Duck Chronicles we have a duckless duck chronicle episode because the new babies are here.  Today we have to intercept the mail lady to get the birds out of the truck early in the day, we unbox the babies and get them settled into their brooders.



Lastly I have put together the long promised how to make zoodles video.  Zoodles are zuchinni noodles, we use these in dozens of ways and they make a great way to use left overs.  In this instance we used some left over meat balls, some of our cherry tomatoes and basil out of the aquaponics system with some salt, pepper and garlic to make something pretty outstanding.