They Preferred Me a Lot, They Bought Me a ROCK!
This previous weekend was King and Queens Arts and Sciences championships in Mt. Kisco, NY. I had entered it two years ago when this analysis was in a a lot, er, much less tasty state, and I used to be nonetheless determining among the course of particulars. There have been ~40 entrants, and, as I did two years in the past, I made the second spherical of judging, however didn’t win, which is completely high-quality. I like these occasions as a end result of A&S is the factor I like essentially the most in regards to the SCA, and the most effective of SCA A&S is on show there. Sadly, I didn’t get to dig into the opposite entrants as a lot as I might have appreciated to as a end result of I bought to speak to so many people!
A neat factor occurred there: I apprenticed to Magns, which in SCA land means one thing like “we’re formally science-friends.” That is cool as a end result of it means I get to bug him with questions greater than ordinary earlier than he begins complaining.
I additionally bought an award on the occasion which is admittedly significant to me: a Maunche, which is for doing a complete lot of cool A&S stuff. I assume I’ve accomplished a complete lot of cool A&S stuff now.
It’s custom to get a “scroll” for every award you get. Apparently it was determined that I might get this scroll again in September,1and my buddies determined that a parchment scroll could be beautiful however that they may do higher – my persona is roughly viking in any case. So my pal Vikawrote a very good reward poem inKviuhttr meter, which Magns transliterated into runes and Feilinnpainted them on a rock. That is superior and I am floored.
The rock consists of barely modified photos from the Stora Hammars I image stone:
A totally different close by stone depicts Odin as a raven stealing mead and that is amazing.
I didn’t really brew something you have not seen earlier than, (well, apart from the millet wine which you may give you the option to learn extra about right here- it wound up being fairly standard) however I am step by step refining my approach. I introduced three wines:
The headliner, Rice Wine la Yuan Pushe (YE1W2). That is the steam-and-pour-over rice wine that has turn into reliable for me. Nonetheless bitter, however not dangerous. I really loved ingesting this one.YE2W1, a boiled millet wine. I am getting higher outcomes step by step, however one thing remains to be really incorrect with my millet processing.YE3L1, the non-glutinous rice quick wine I made at Pennsic. Producing this to hit a particular date is a PAIN, and I went forwards and backwards between “oh no I am far too late” and “oh no I am far too early.” I wound up being maybe a day early – it was much less candy than I wanted.One factor I used to be proudest of was my documentation. In fact, I’ve entry to sources that no one else is utilizing, which is nice, however I spent a complete lot of time writing, and bought a complete lot of assist enhancing, in order that it is clear what my thought course of is and the manner it led me to the conclusions I reached.Take a look! Please let me know in the occasion you discover it useful, or in the occasion you suppose there’s something I can enhance on for subsequent time. I additionally thought my show labored nicely. I took heavy benefit of my work-sponsored journey to Japan and introduced again pottery, lacquerware and a few textiles which I had purchased particularly for this purpose. Photo copyrightDayna Tarabar, used with permission
Left-to-right on the tray I had the millet wine, the rice wine, and the short-wine. In entrance I’ve the yeast cake, millet, sticky rice, soaking rice, cooked rice, and unpressed short-wine. This manner, I used to be in a place to give a very good overview of all of the steps within the course of. I additionally had a flask of water for rinsing. The tablecloth is a somewhat-accurate copy of an eighth century textile held in Japan.
1. It is a “kingdom-level” award, so it is determined by the King and Queen, who rule for six months, and made their selections early on in Their reigns. Then comes the enterprise of discovering the proper occasion to offer it to the particular person, with as lots of their buddies there as doable, with out really telling them forward of time. It takes a ton of back-channel communication, however the impact is large, and the recipient’s buddies get to giggle in regards to the shock in non-public for a very good lengthy time.