They Appreciated Me a Lot, They Acquired 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 a few of 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 wonderful. I actually like these occasions as a end result of A&S is the factor I like essentially the most concerning the SCA, and one of the best of SCA A&S is on show there. Sadly, I didn’t get to dig into the opposite entrants as a lot as I’d have preferred to as a end result of I acquired 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 typical earlier than he begins complaining.
I additionally acquired an award on the occasion which is de facto significant to me: a Maunche, which is for doing lots of cool A&S stuff. I suppose I’ve achieved lots of cool A&S stuff now.
It’s custom to get a “scroll” for every award you get. Apparently it was determined that I’d get this scroll again in September,1and my buddies determined that a parchment scroll can be beautiful however that they might do higher – my persona is roughly viking in spite of everything. So my buddy 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 completely different close by stone depicts Odin as a raven stealing mead and that is amazing.
I didn’t actually brew something you have not seen earlier than, (well, aside from the millet wine which you will give you the option to learn extra about right here- it wound up being fairly standard) however I am progressively refining my method. I introduced three wines:
The headliner, Rice Wine la Yuan Pushe (YE1W2). That is the steam-and-pour-over rice wine that has develop into reliable for me. Nonetheless bitter, however not dangerous. I truly loved ingesting this one.YE2W1, a boiled millet wine. I am getting higher outcomes progressively, however one thing remains to be actually unsuitable with my millet processing.YE3L1, the non-glutinous rice brief wine I made at Pennsic. Producing this to hit a selected date is a PAIN, and I went backwards and forwards 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 lots of time writing, and acquired lots of assist modifying, in order that it is clear what my thought course of is and the approach it led me to the conclusions I reached.Take a look! Please let me know should you discover it useful, or should you assume there’s something I can enhance on for subsequent time. I additionally thought my show labored properly. 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 capable of give a superb 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 replica of an eighth century textile held in Japan.
1. This may be 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 suitable occasion to offer it to the particular person, with as a lot of their buddies there as potential, with out truly 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 concerning the shock in non-public for a superb lengthy time.