A Mood Ring Colors Complete Guide: What’s Your Mood?

A Mood Ring Colors Complete Guide: What’s Your Mood?

Mood rings are the best. They are wearable rings that tell you if you are happy, sad, angry, or glad. They bring out the inner child inside the most adult-types around and they definitely bring joy to little kids and lovers of color.

There are so many different meanings to your moods and this guide will help breakdown the colors of the mood ring so that you can properly decipher your mood.

Mood ring colors range anywhere along the spectrum from black to red to blue to yellow.

What Does a Mood Ring’s Colors Mean?


Mood Ring’s Colors Mean

Some people say that it is all due to temperature, but we definitely agree it is a mixture of your mood and body temperature that changes the mood ring’s properties.

The mood ring will typically be a darker color when it is first put on. It will take a short amount of time to adjust to the warmer temperature of your skin.

The mood ring colors will change, as you get hotter or colder but also when your mood changes. Once your body temperature stabilizes, the mood ring colors will stabilize as well, making the mood changing color change as well.

Make sure to buy yourself a legit mood ring that has been tested for consistency and quality. Your mood ring product should come with a mood chart or color guide, but if it does not, you can use our vibrant guide below.

Mood Jewelry History

Mood Jewelry History

Mood jewelry has been around forever, but where did it come from?

Let’s rewind time back to the 70’s in New York City, where two inventors had an idea that would change the jewelry industry forever.

Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds produced the first mood ring in the stellar year of 1975. The mood ring would change colors depending on the color’s response to temperature, perhaps reflected by the change in body temperature associated with a person’s emotional reactions.

The prices of mood rings used to be way higher than they are today, and they were an instant success.

It did not even matter if the mood rings were 100% accurate, because the fact that they changed colors themselves ranging throughout the entire color spectrum was cool enough.

Thermochromic liquid crystals are responsible for the changing mood ring colors but since the 70’s, makers of mood jewelry have found other ways to compose the mood changing jewelry

How Does Mood Jewelry Work?

Mood jewelry is a fascinating phenomenon made possible by Thermochromic pigments. These incredible liquid crystals use response signals ignited by temperature to change their colors. Dependent on your temperature and your mood, the amount of blood (and heat) that reaches your skin and fingers is limited.

If you are extra elated about something, your blood levels will increase, as well as the temperature of your extremities. If you are nervous or anxious, there is less blood flowing to your extremities, making your hands a cooler temperature – and so a cooler color (such as gray) will show up on the mood ring.

Something to note about mood changing jewels is that water exposure could cause permanent damage. Mood ring colors tend to turn black or brown when exposed to water and, again, it can permanently ruin your mood changing jewelry.

It may all be folklore, or it may be real, who will ever know? We just love how pretty mood changing jewelry is and the mystical and mysterious meanings it can bring to those who wear it.

Whether you are a believer or not, it is safe to say that at one point in your life, you probably wore and loved a mood ring or some sort of mood changing jewelry.

Mood Ring Meaning

Mood ring colors are fun to detect and it’s always exciting to practice discerning their meaning. Each color can even be represented by a chakra point of view, but that is for an entirely different blog.

Maybe you are feeling stuck, extra nervous, or even more joyous that usual. Your mood ring could potentially indicate that specific mood or help you to determine what sort of feelings are surfacing in your chaotic world at this moment.

Each color is associated with an entirely different set of emotions and it is beneficial to note that not every person is the same. One person’s body temperature could be slight higher or lower than yours and that could in turn affect the entire output of their mood ring’s color.


Some Mood Perspective Before We Go Further


mood rings

Just like everything in life, mood rings should be taken in perspective. It all depends on how you look at it.

You could see the color red on your mood ring and think, “WHAT… but I am not angry or mad?” If you look at this same situation with a different lens, you can see that red might also mean you are full of love or passion.

Take each color and guide with a grain of salt and do not assume that just because you got one color, that that is the tell-all guide to your life and moods.

Maybe take a step back and think about how else you could interpret that color to make more sense in your personal life endeavors.

And, in the end, remember that this is just temperature changing jewelry. Not a mystic guide to life.

Mood Ring Colors


We will break down mood ring colors as best we can here - but keep in mind that each color can mean multiple things. There are positive and negative emotions associated with each color and multiple moods can accompany each range of color.

COLOR

DESCRIPTION

Blue

Blue













Blue is typically associated with a stabilized or calm state of being. Blue is associated with your throat chakra or the fifth chakra and can possibly be associated with voicing your opinions or making your feelings be heard.

The color blue is related to states of relaxation, ease or tranquility. Hues of blue that present themselves on your mood ring can be associated with feelings of calm and relaxation all the way to feeling flirty and upbeat.

They are all usually linked to feelings of comfort and love though, and tend to be one of the most shown colors on mood changing jewelry. Darker blues can mean that you are in a state of intense love, extreme joy, or surging passion.

White









The color white among the mood ring colors typically means that you can be feeling frustrated, flustered, bored, or confused. However, if we think about the other side of the color white, it can mean levels of spiritual enlightenment or clarity.

The color white or purple can be associated with the crown chakra, the seventh chakra, which resides about your head. Some say that a halo of white light can be seen above those enlightened beings.

Black

Black









Black is usually the default color of mood jewelry when it is not being worn. Typically linked to negativity and feeling overworked, stressed, nervous, or physical ailments - black can trigger feelings of distaste or dislike.

However, we can interpret the color black as a sign that we need a break or to take a step back. If we are indeed feeling overworked or extra nervous, maybe take a walk or try to separate yourself from the cause of your turmoil to get a different perspective on the situation.

Green

Green








Green is mostly associated with growth, new life, success, and making moves. Green is associated with the heart chakra, the fourth chakra, and can invoke intense feelings of energy, wandering, and inner emotions.

Like blue, green mood ring colors are one of the most common colors seen on mood rings and can mean a wide variety of different things. Greens mean you are energetic and active but also relaxed and calm about the situation.

Purple

Purple





Purple is a rather magical color and can mean a plethora of positive feelings. It can mean that you have mental stability but are feeling affectionate, lovable, and happy. Purple is also associated with feelings of romance, sensuality, and inner balancing.

Red

Red





Reds are typically linked to intense feelings of passion. It can mean passion at both ends of the spectrum, from feeling livid and angry to feeling extremely loved and aroused.

A more orange like red hue can mean that you are worried, stressed, or agitated.


Yellow

Yellow





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Yellows are usually associated with feelings of creativity and artsy-ness. A regular yellow can mean you are feeling extra imaginative or creative. A bright yellow can be linked to feelings of deep observation and creativity.

If you receive a yellow color, maybe go write, create some art, or finish that creative project you were putting off.

Brown







Brown colors can be linked to feelings of mixed emotions, fear or restlessness. Feelings of tension or stress can create a brown mood ring color.

If your mood ring turns the color brown, maybe spend a few minutes outdoors or in meditation.

What Now?


Now that you have figured out a little more about what mood rings are, where they came from, and what mood ring colors mean - it is time to buy a mood ring. There are lots of different types, sizes and qualities of mood rings and they are all special in their own way.

Amazon has a great selection, as well as Etsy, where you can find amazing homemade items from local vendors around the world.

We hope you have fun picking out your new mood ring or mood jewelry and even more fun wearing it and seeing what kind of moods you can spark up!

 

Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Do you find yourself with idle hands? Have you been finding yourself with extra spare time you do not know what to do with? Have you been looking for some artistic inspiration or a new way to channel your creativity?

Why not pick up a new hobby? A new hobby is the ideal solution to using up your extra time to produce something tangible and creative. Sometimes we get unmotivated and need a little spark in our bellies to learn something new.

Learn How to Quilt on Your Own


Colorful Quilt

We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

Gathering Your Supplies for Quilting

For quilting, you will need some necessary supplies to successfully quilt yourself something to cherish for the ages. For cutting your quilt’s fabric as best as possible, you will need medium-sized rotary cutters or well-sharpened scissors. Next up for quilting supplies, you will need to buy a cutting mat. A cutting mat helps prevents scoring your furniture and cutting crooked lines. You will need a ruler that is 5 inches by 24 inches long and composed of transparent plastic.

You will also need an assortment of sewing basics. This includes anything that is particularly helpful for sewing projects, including straight pins, a seam ripper and safety pins. You will need a generous amount of both safety pins and straight pins. Next up comes thread, fabric, and batting. When it comes to choosing your thread for your quilt, avoid using a cheap thread because they are more likely to break or give off lint. High quality cotton thread is the best choice for quilting thread. For your quilting fabric, the fabric is the most important puzzle piece. Choosing your fabric should be made of 100% cotton fabric preferably, but if that is not available, polyester/cotton blends are satisfactory as well. The last up in quilting supplies is your batting. The batting is insulation or filling that adds warmth and fluff to your quilt. It is inserted in between the quilt’s front and back and it can be sold in many different fibers and sizes.

Easy Steps to Learn How to Quilt


Circle Colorful Quilt

We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

1. Find A Pattern

Colorful Quilt

Although it is not absolutely necessary to use a pattern for your quilt, it is definitely a lot easier than making a quilt free form.

Find a basic quilt pattern online that appeases to you and get to quilting.

2. The Starting Line

Colorful design Quilt

To prepare your quilt, you must prewash your fabrics. Prewashing will shrink your fabric and rinse out extra dye so that these factors will not happen post quilt making. Next, press your material that will be the front and back of your quilt with an iron. Then, make your measurements and cut out each individual piece to your pattern. Be sure to allow for the seams, which means to account for a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Cut your fabric pieces using generous care. Focus on the front piece and cut out each of the small pieces of fabric you want to incorporate into the quilt. Lay each piece on your cutting mat and place your clear ruler on top before using the rotary blade to cut.

3. Design Your Quilt

Design Your Quilt

This next step is super exciting, because you finally get to lay out your quilt, which means to lay all your smaller pieces into the pattern of your future quilt. Make a grid and get creative – this part is totally up to you and you can use as many squares as you want. Label your squares with a fabric marker to keep track of the rows and columns.

In order to keep your squares in order and save floor space, stack up your rows from left to right, stacking up each square on top of the one before it. You can use post-it-notes or some sort of indicator for the row number you are working on.

4. Quilt the Fabric

White Quilt

To quilt your fabric, begin by sewing each individual row of pieces together. Start at one of your rows with two squares of your fabric and then place the two squares with the patterns facing each other. Use a straight stitch on your sewing machine to sew a ¼-inch seam. Next, add your following square in the row to the one before it with the same straight stitch and seam process. Work this way across each row.

This is where your pins come in super handy. Pinning each individual square to the one it will be sewn on to help keep straight and even lines. Also make sure that your seam is exactly ¼-inch for each piece of fabric.

5. Press and Sew 

Press and Sew Colorful Quilt

Next up, you will press your entire quilt to ensure that the seams lay flat and your quilt looks nice. The back of the quilt will be left with a column of seams that are facing upwards. You will press these seams flat from the front side, working from row to row in opposite directions. You will now use the same process you used before to attach the individual squares to attach each row of fabric in unity. Take two adjacent rows and turn them so that the patterns are facing one another. Sew a ¼-inch seam along the bottom and repeat this process for each row you add.

Now, your quilt front will be complete, and you can press the entire back of the quilt like you did the front. For the next step in your quilt making process, you will begin cutting the back of the quilt and the batting. These pieces should be cut a little larger (2-3 inches) than the front quilt to allow for fabric scrunching.

6. Baste

Basting quilt

Basting your quilt is next and this means to pin and layer your quilt before sewing it. For basting you can either use safety pins or a spray-on basting adhesive.

You will layer with the backing pattern side down, then the batting, then the front of the quilt with the pattern side facing up.

7. Sew Away!

Colorful Quilt

Starting in the center, you will sew outwards in order to move excess fabric and bunching towards the edges. The simplest way to do this is to “stitch the ditch,” which means to sew inside or near the seams you have already created between the squares.

8. Cut and Press the Binding

Colorful Quilt

Your binding is simply the border of fabric that will surround the edges of your quilt to protect the seams and create for lack of a better word, a seamless look to your quilt. You can cut your binding vertically, horizontally, or on the bias. Cut your strips of binding to be a little more than two inches wide and long enough to border the quilt.

Sew your strips together so that you have four pieces that are the same length as the four sides of your quilt. You will then use your iron to press the binding together. Pin your binding in place by laying the binding for two opposite sides down on top of your quilt. Line the edges up with the patterns facing one another and use a generous amount of safety pins to secure the fabric into place.

Sew the front of the binding by running along the edge of the quilt and the binding using a ½-inch seam this time.

You will do this on both sides of the fabric so that two pieces of backwards binding is sewn into place. Fold your fabric up and away from the center of the quilt and expose the printed side of the binding.

Add the rest of your binding by placing the other two strips of binding you have cut along your quilt’s open faces. Use the same process to sew the binding along the other edges and expose the pattern once more with an outward and away motion.

Flip your quilt so that the back is exposed and you can fold the binding over. Start on one side with your folded binding edge to meet the edge of the quilt. Now, fold the remainder of the binding over to keep it in place and add lots of pins to secure. Do this to all four sides of your creation.

Finish the binding by carefully sewing the binding. Use either invisible thread or hang stitch it with a ladder stitch or whipstitch without going through all three layers.

Make sure your corners are squared off and all your seams are even.

9. Finish Up

Finish Up Colorful Quilt

Your quilt should resemble a quilt now and you should give yourself ten pats on the back because you just created a homemade, cozy quilt all by yourself!

Enjoy Your Beautiful Projects Now that You Know How to Quilt


Colorful Quilt

Now that you have quilted one quilt, you should feel ready to tackle more projects.

It can seem complicated at first - and like it takes forever to learn, but once you get the hang of quilting, you are good for life. Continue to wow yourself and your loved ones with quilted gifts for years to come.





Top 10 List of Sweet Red Wines

Top 10 List of Sweet Red Wines

Sweet red wines have a special place in our hearts. Their robust, dense and sweet flavor notes carry us into a world we love to spend time in. Sweet red wines bring us back to the good memories of drinking chilled red wines on the beaches of Barcelona and Southern Spain.

There is something sweet, savory and soothing about a nice glass of sweet red wine. It is just sweet enough to bring the sugar punch you want but also not too sweet to make you feel like you are drinking cherry soda.


 

How Do We Choose?

Different types and brand of red wine

There are so many sweet red wines out there, it can be hard to choose just one or two to try your taste buds at. How do you know if the wine is worth your $20? How do you know if the wine is worth your $100? Well, you follow this sweet red wine guide and start sipping.

When we choose our top picks for a popular product online, especially such an important purchase like your sweet red wine selection, we search for one key factor: transparency.

We only choose products that offer a completely transparent purchase, from the time you click search in your Google bar or when you head to your local grocery store. We value your opinions and finances and take the proper steps to ensure our best-ofs are truly the best.

Other key factors we considered when composing this list are previous customer reviews (product history), the product quality in correlation with the price (value for cost), and the company’s track record (customer service).

We hope this list provides you with accurate, well-thought out and valuable information to assist you in finding the perfect fit for your new favorite sweet red wines!


Top 10 Sweet Red Wines

red wine in the glass
Barefoot Wine Bottles

Barefoot Wine is a well-known and super reputable brand of California wines that bring some of the most consistent, flavorful and reasonably priced wines in the world. Barefoot Wine prides itself on being a brand that brings people together.

Barefoot Wines believes that life is more fun when people are gathering together and making connections. The mission of Barefoot Wines is to introduce new friends to wines that are fun, flavorful and approachable.

The wines are designated delicious. The brand is actually the most awarded wine brand in the world for its innovative approach to winemaking and diverse collection of delicious, refreshing wines that are constantly making new friends around the globe.

Barefoot Wines offers a wonderful variety of sweeter wines including their Sweet Red Blend, Rosé, and their pink Moscato. Each blend has its own particular sweetness and our favorite is definitely their sweet red blend. The Sweet Red Blend offers a fruit medley of ripe raspberries, sweet pomegranates, and red cherries.

Beringer Bottle

Beringer is a recognized winery out of Napa Valley, California, and offers some of the tastiest sweet red wines in the world. Brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer who had a dream of making wines that would rival the finest of Europe established Beringer in 1876.

The winery and vineyards are now one of Napa’s finest producers and have over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa’s best appellations including Sonoma County and Paso Robles. Their Cabernet Sauvignon collection of wines is our favorite when it comes to sweet red wines.

Beringer has a Red Blend 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 that are both bursting with aroma and flavor. The Cab Sauv features aromas of ripe black cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate is lush with ripe tannins and an integrated acidity with hints of toasted hazelnuts, coffee and blackberry preserves.

Beringer’s Red Blend 2016 offers a flavor palette of ripe blackberries, roasted hazelnuts and caramel. There is a strong concentration bolstered by Petit Verdot, a strong-bodied wine that has a creamy mouthfeel with ripe tannins and a remaining finish featuring notes of violet, black cherry and toasted coconut.

Apothic Red Wine Bottle

Apothic is a wine that has been gaining use strides in the top charts in the last few years. The brand was inspired by “Apotheca,” a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th-century Europe.

Apothic wines offer a mysterious and luring brand and taste palate of wines. This Californian brand only uses the most distinctive grapes to craft intense aromas and bold flavors. The masterful red blend wine offers a blend of many red favorites.

The Red Blend by Apothic is a flavorful blend of rich Zinfandel, smooth Merlot, appetizing Syrah and a bold Cabernet Sauvignon to round out the entire blend. The brand showcases unique layers of dark red fruit and hints of mocha and vanilla.

Reviews about Apothic’s red blend have been soaring high in the charts and everyone absolutely loves the sweetness and pair ability this robust wine offers its drinkers. It is the perfect fusion of sweet red and robust dryness.

Stella Rosa Bottle

Stella Rosa offers a world-renowned selection of wines imported from Northern Italy by San Antonio Winery founded, owned and operated by the Riboli Family. For four generations, Stella Rosa has been making award-winning, semi-sweet and semi-sparkling wines.

The story all started in Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery in 1917. After making it through to the end of Prohibition and a century later, the Riboli family has persisted in making artisan wines throughout four entire generations.

Stella was born from Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy. This region serves as sources for some of the most aromatic grapes in the world and has become the hallmark of the Stella style of wines. Stella Rosa was born soon after when the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend.

The specific sweet red wine blend that we love is Stella Rosa’s Stella Rosso blend. This timeless taste offers a fresh strawberry and red berry flavor that has won an 88-point rating and Gold Medal & Best Buy at Tastings.com.

Sutter Home Bottle

Sutter Home showcases their pioneering spirit, brave hearts and a commitment to making a wine for the people to enjoy. Sutter Home is an American brand that left their roots in New York City to chase their dream of California winemaking.

The original White Zinfandel is the wine that made Sutter Home what it is today. Today, Sutter Home showcases more than twenty varieties that make the Sutter Home portfolio its crowd-pleasing wines.

The brand is one of the most reasonably priced and consistent brands in the business that delivers an award-winning quality and value for every occasion involving wine. The wines we love the most in their sweet red wines category are Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel, Moscato and their famous Sweet Red.

Sutter Home offers an inviting sweet red wine blend that is perfect for a day on the lake or a morning gathering such as a bridal shower or birthday brunch. It sits on the sweet side of the sweet spectrum and offers notes of ripened cherries and juicy peaches.

Cascina Pian d’Or’s Serena Bottle

Cascina Pian d’Or was created by the Barbero family for over 900 years. The family has worked in vineyards in the area of Mango, following the canons of tradition and distinguished living. In the early nineties, the owner decided to take the brand to another level.

The goal was to transform the grapes into wine Moscato d’Asti to add growth and depth to the product. Sing the greatest technology and sciences; Cascina Pian showcases cold and microfiltration to keep the wine the freshest it can be.

The Serena sweet red blend offers vines of Moscato, Brachetto and Freisa.

The soil is using the Guyot system and the harvest pays more attention to the maturation of the grape, usually harvested around the first week in September.

Tasting notes of the Serena red blend is a robust wine with notes of rose and an accent of strawberry rhubarb pie. On the palate, the Serena sweet blend showcases raspberry and cherry flavors with a rich mid-palate and lingering. This wine is also flippantly “frizzante,” which offers a light bubbly balance between sweet and acidic.

Yellow Tail Bottle

Yellow Tail offers one of the most well-known and family-operated wineries in the world. The brand was founded in the small country town of Yenda, Australia. Creators Filippo and Maria Casella founded the Yellow Tail Company in 1957.

The pair migrated from Sicily and arrived in Australia with a passion for making wine to bring people together. Fast forward to 2001, where John Casella warped the vision to create an approachable wine that everyone could enjoy.

The talented winemakers put a boatload of passion and expertise into creating the brand. The brand centers their focus on delivering wine that produces consistent quality and taste that are simultaneously accessible and appealing to a worldwide audience.

Their Sweet Red Roo is our winner when it comes to sweet red wines. The Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo is everything a great wine should be composed of – sweet vibrancy with an easy to drink attitude. The flavor showcases sweet red berries, vanilla and chocolate notes.

Ravenswood Bottle

Joel Peterson who worked relentlessly to bring in four tons of grapes as a thunderstorm was rolling in founded Ravenswood winery on a fall day in 1976. The brand prides itself on bringing to life California’s heritage grape: the Zinfandel.

Ravenswood started as a flock of Single Vineyard Designate wines then expanded to the County Series wines that capture the spirit of California’s best-growing regions and popular grapes. Joel Peterson is the dubbed “Godfather of Zin.”

The Zinfandel blends of Ravenswood are the best around when it comes to sweet and affordable red wines. The Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon stands out among the crowd with its vintage dark and dense taste and color.

Palate flavors of these Ravenswood’s Cab Sauvs offer deep aromas of cassis, black currant, cherries and spice tones and balanced oak undertones. The texture is smooth, round and easy to go down.

Harvey’s

Harvey’s

Harvey’s Fine Wines and Spirits are exclusively hand-picked by an expert team of independent producer worldwide. Bringing a fusion of classic French and New World discoveries, Harvey’s showcases a wide selection of wines that present unparalleled quality of choice.

The company offers an unmatched taste of creaminess, sweetness and affordability. If you are looking for a sophisticated red wine that offers the perfect mix of sweetness and robustness, Harvey’s is the wine for you.

Its signature element offers a base of fruity sweetness and a full-bodied aftertaste. Join their club to get even more exclusive access to rare sweet red wines that will leave you craving more. Every month, they feature a new wine to taste and will ship right to your door.

 Blackstone Bottle

Blackstone has been striving to produce smooth, harmonious and flavorful wines in a variety of flavors since their foundation. The Blackstone story offers wines sourced from premier-growing regions throughout California.

The brand has since stayed true to the approach inspired by their California upbringing, which is to craft wines that complement food and can be enjoyed over any occasion. Their foundation stands with their classic Merlot, which has become “America’s Favorite Merlot.”

Blackstone offers a Delectable Red Blend that showcases juicy raspberry, cherry pie and vanilla cream flavors with highlights of toasted marshmallow. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is also a wonderful choice for a delicious and sweet red wine blend.

The Cab Sauv stands out for its vibrant blackberry and red cherry flavors accented with cinnamon and toasted nut notes. You definitely cannot go wrong with choosing the widely popular Blackstone wine as a sweet red wine.


Wine Time 

Sweet red wines are a staple in many cultures’ diets and offer a bonding and bringing together of people that is hard to do. The classic tastes and rich flavors of sweet berries, hints of vanilla and toasted nut offerings bring joy to all the mouths who try their flavors.

We hope this list inspired you to expand your red wine palate to include some of the most delectable sweet red wines out there today.


How To Make Rum At Home? – Few Easy Steps And Guide

How To Make Rum At Home? – Few Easy Steps And Guide

Oh, delicious rum, how we love you. You take the best of people and turn them into pirates and for that, we thank you. We also thank you for being a substance we can make at home. This fact saves us time, money and liquid courage in the long run.

But, how do you even make rum at home? Is it safe? What do you need to make rum at home? Can you do this alone or do you need the help of trusty friends and/or roommates? Is the rum I can make at home better than store bought Captain Morgan?

In order to properly make rum at home, you will need time, patience and approximately four to six weeks' time. Here, we will break down everything you need to know about how to make rum from the tools you will need to the proper way to dilute your finished product to make it something you can actually drink.


What About Rum?

Glass with rum and flat bottle

Rum has been around since the 17th century. It originated in the 17th century in the Caribbean by way of sugar farmers who had a serious industrial waste problem on their hands. These farmers produced sugar by crushing the sugar cane, boiling the leftover juices, and then leaving the boiled syrup to cure in clay pots.

We know the liquid leftover as molasses. In the 17th century, there was no common use for the liquid sugary goo. Slaves and livestock ended up eating the molasses but primarily this liquid goo was a waste that no one knew what to do with.

Someone then discovered that you could mix the liquid during its initial boiling and fermenting stage that you could create a serviceable starting point to begin the distillation of rum. To whoever discovered this, we thank you!

If we fast-forward to today and the current state of rum, we know that molasses is no longer an unwanted good and rum sales in the United States alone are upwards of over two billion in a standard year. It is nice to know where it came from though, and we are thankful for that liquid sugar goo that is now the yummy liquid we call rum.


How To Make Rum 

Rum is definitely a tricky thing to concoct on your own, but we are here to tell you that it is indeed possible. First, you will need five ingredients to compose your own rum at home.

These five ingredients are:

  1. 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) molasses
  2. 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) processed sugar
  3. 20 L (5.2 gal) distilled water
  4. Additional distilled water to dilute your finished product
  5. 42.5 g. (1.5 oz.) hydrated yeast

Mash Making

The first big step of making rum is to make the mash. Start your homemade rum by placing 20 L of distilled water in a clean boiler. The key to this step is ensuring that your boiler is absolutely clean. Clean and submerge any tools and utensils you plan on using during your rum making process in boiling water to ensure that everything is completely sterile and as clean as it can be.

Dissolve the sugar and molasses in your 20 L of water over medium heat. The sugar will dissolve pretty easily, but the molasses is thicker and therefore, will take longer to dissolve. To ensure the molasses is correctly dissolved, get the water as hot as you can without it boiling and keep stirring until dissolved.

Cool your solution you have made to 28 degrees Celsius or 82 degrees Fahrenheit and then add your hydrated yeast. A pro tip to correctly do this is to take out a liter of the mash in a jug first to dissolve the yeast in the smaller jug. When the mixture begins to foam, you can then add the rest of the yeast to complete the wort.

wine barrels

Fermentation

The next major step in how to make rum is the fermentation process. Allow the solution to ferment at 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Do this until the airlock on your pot stops bubbling.

The airlock on your special pot will ensure that only carbon dioxide can leave the pot and that oxygen cannot get in. The yeast must have heat in order to convert your sugars into precious alcohol. Store the wash in a warm place or keep the room heated to ensure this fermentation process works.

It should be in between 24 and 48 hours for the airlock to discontinue bubbling. We recommend buying an airlock to ensure your entire process works correctly and produces the best-finished product. This is very important and can make or break your rum, so buy yourself a darn airlock.

Once your airlock is done bubbling, allow your mash to sit for three to seven days. Use a hydrometer to test when your mash is ready by allowing the hydrometer to measure the ratio of the density between the liquid to the density of water.

Measure the mash daily to know when your mash is ready. In order to measure this correctly, take a small amount of mash out of the container and put it into a graduated cylinder. Float the hydrometer into the cylinder and gently swirl to release any extra bubbles and air inside of the cylinder.

When your daily reading is the same over three days, you will know your wash is ready for the next process: distillation. Be sure to knock your yeast down by lowering the temperature and moving your mash to a cool spot, ideally anywhere between 10 to 14 degrees Celsius 50 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time to Distill

First in distilling your rum is placing a collection vessel under the distillate valve to catch your final alcohol product. A key to ensuring this step is followed properly is to make sure that all connections are tightly sealed and fit completely as they should.

Connect your water source to your coolant input in order to cool the alcohol vapor. As the alcohol substance cools in temperature, it condenses into liquid ethanol. This liquid ethanol will drip into your collection vessel, hence, the collection vessel.

Next, you will siphon your ethanol solution into your still. This step is very important, as you must avoid siphoning the bottom of your mash where the yeast is collected. A siphon properly works by placing the shorter leg into the container above the longer leg that is placed into the lower one below.

This allows the liquid to siphon into the shorter leg and into the longer leg by atmospheric pressure. Next, you will bring the solution to a boil slowly and begin running cold water once the solution reaches a temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius or 122 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

The distillation will begin when clear drops of liquid start to leave the spout and enter the collection vessel. The key to distillation is to discard the first 100mL of liquid (3.38 fluid oz.). This is referred to as “the head” and is removed for safety precautions because it contains deathly methanol.

Next up, collect the following distilled liquid of 2-3L. Once the temperature reaches 96 degrees Celsius or 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit, stop collecting. First, turn off the heat source and then turn off the cold water. Open the collection vessel’s lid to avoid creating a vacuum inside the still.

Finish Your Rum

If you really want to be extra when it comes to making your homemade rum, age the product in oak or toasted oak barrels.

If you do not have access to the luxurious world of aged barrels, do not fret. You can use toasted oak chips or something similar to produce a similar taste.

Filter your rum through a handy cheesecloth or strainer to remove any wood chips from your finished rum product. For the best tasting homemade rum, you will use distilled water to dilute your alcohol to enjoyable levels.

Aim for a percentage of alcohol around 45%, which is common in drinkable alcohols. Some people love to get extra crafty and add cinnamon, ginger or cloves to their rum and soaking them for one to two weeks to add an extra flavor boost.

Start the Party! 

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The final step of how to make rum includes having your friends over for a rum drinking party. Make sure to taste your rum first to make sure the flavor and taste are at par with your drinking habits. Then invite the friends over for a pirate party and enjoy the heck out of your homemade rum!

Ultimate Guide On How To Change Guitar Strings All By Yourself

Ultimate Guide On How To Change Guitar Strings All By Yourself

Changing guitar strings can seem like a daunting and difficult task for those who have never done it before. However, if you learn how to change guitar strings all by yourself, you will never have to ask for help again or make a trip to Guitar Center again.

No longer you’ll be the person showing up to the guitar store asking for help to change your guitar strings. No longer you’ll be the guitar player that has to ask their friends for help changing your strings.

It is a moral obligation of being a guitar player to learn how to change guitar strings all by your own skills. We are here to help you in your process of learning how to change guitar strings like the true guitar champ that you are.


How to Change Guitar Strings

Guitar Strings

Guitar strings can seem like a world of challenge to change yourself, but we are here to inform you that they are not the death of your fingers or your guitar. In fact, you can easily learn how to change guitar strings by yourself like a champ in a few easy steps.

To properly change your guitar strings, you must have the following supplies. This step-by-step is for those using an acoustic guitar and guitar strings. Changing strings on electric guitars are somewhat different, and we are only referring to acoustic style guitars in this case.


String by String

Changing guitar strings is a wonderful tool for any guitar player to have. Here, we will break down the step-by-step of changing your guitar string. The first decision to make is deciding how you will restring. There is an ongoing debate on whether to unstring everything first and then restring all at once, or whether to do one string at a time.

This is completely up to you and it really does not matter which track you take as long as you really focus on what you are doing and making sure you are doing it correctly. The perk of using the one-at-a-time method is that you can maintain most of the tension the neck is used to, and therefore, keep the string’s tension in balance with the truss rod tension.

If you decide to remove all the strings at once, you are able to clean and wipe the fingerboards without having to work around the strings. This helps if you are trying to do a deep clean to your guitar because fingerboards accumulate a mixture of skin, dirt, oil and grime over time, and it can be beneficial for your tone and guitar’s life to remove all strings while cleaning and changing them.



The Step-by-Step Guide in Changing Your Guitar Strings


Guitar string



1. Loosen the strings

Loosen the strings

Remove the strings by loosening them until they are no longer under tension. You can either clip them using nippers or use a tuning machine to loosen until they can be taking out manually out of the tuning pegs. If you want to be extra handy when doing this step, buy yourself an amazing little tool called a peg winder.



2. Remove the bridge pins

guitar string

Remove the bridge pins, which are the knob-looking tools that permit the strings to hook themselves onto the interior of the instrument. You can buy a bridge pin puller that is sold at any music shop and this will help you get the pesky little bridge pins out of your guitar.

Definitely, use a pin puller to get these little suckers out or you might do some damage to them or your guitar. You can also use a guitar pro tip by using a coin or a hard object to push the pins out from the inside of the guitar. Once the pin pegs pop loose, you can pull them out of the peg holes making the pins remove easiest.


3. Remove the guitar strings

guitar strings

Carefully eliminate the guitar strings from the peg holes one string at a time.


4. Clean your guitar

Cleaning the guitar

This is an optional step, but we think it is extremely necessary because taking care of your valued goods is a wonderful way to improve the longevity of your precious guitar’s life. Use a chamois cloth and guitar cleaner to clean the guitar’s body fingerboard, back of the guitar’s neck and headstock.

Never ever use furniture polish, glass spray or household cleaners to clean your guitar. Buy a legit guitar cleaner from a music or guitar shop to use for this process. This process helps remove excess oils, dirt and grime that builds up on your guitar over time.


5. Here comes the best part: changing your strings

changing the strings

The first step is buying new strings. Some strings make it simple by color-coding the strings to indicate which note they are tuned to. There is an ongoing battle of which order you change your strings in, but you can create your favorite method.

The typical method is to first put in the thinnest string, then move to the thickest and then back to the next thinnest and the next thickest and so on. This means you change your strings in this order: 1,6,2,5,3,4 – but this totally up to you.

Insert the knob end of the string into the peg hole and re-insert the end peg while simultaneously holding in the string during this time. It can be of help to you to pull a little tension on the string toward the head of the guitar because the tension helps those pegs from falling out.

Once you have each string in its peg hole, stretch each string while replacing it. Stretch each string to its suitable tuning peg and insert the end through the hole in the peg. Remember throughout this process that you will want to be turning the guitar-tuning key always to the right to tighten (lefty loosey, righty tighty).

Next, you thread the string through the hole and pull tight. Leave a small bit of slack to have an excess string to wind around your tuning pegs. This will allow for a little extra stretching room for the strings once you play again. It is always better to have more string than less because you can always cut off the excess string.

Bend each string up ninety degrees perpendicular to the guitar and turn the tuning key so that you can wind the string multiple times around the peg. This is another spot a peg winding tool will be your new best friend.

You need to tighten the string a few semi-tones below its usual pitch. This is true because you want the string to be tight enough to hold the sound in place, but you want enough tension so that it does not escape from the bottom peg.

You will continue to follow these re-stringing steps until you are done with every single string. Do not forget to tune your guitar after you re-string your guitar for the most proper guitar on the streets.


6. Cut excess strings

Cutting excess strings

The last step in learning how to change guitar strings is to cut off the excess string with wire cutters. Leave about 1/8 of an inch of “stub” on the end. Do not do this step if you are using steel string guitar strings. This only applies to nylon strings, which are made to wind this way.

Wow! Look at you. You just changed your guitar string all by yourself. Give yourself an accomplished pat on the back, because changing your guitar strings all-alone is not an easy task. It is a task that every guitar player should know how to achieve because it comes with the job.



Play Your Strings

Playing the Strings

You cannot play a mean guitar but not know the basics of how to care for it and know how to change its strings. For real though, even if you crush it at playing the guitar, no one will respect you if you can’t change a D string.

How will you impress your guitar playing ideal when his string breaks on stage and he needs a stagehand that can change his string in T-minus 30 seconds? This is exactly why you need to learn how to change guitar strings for your own self and for the sake of winning over your ideal’s good graces and impressing them for life.

As with any learned skill, practice and patience makes perfect. We can promise you that you will not properly change your guitar strings perfectly the first time around. If you keep on with the hard work and continue to practice changing your guitar strings, you will eventually nail the process, and eventually, it will come second nature to you.

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