They Favored 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 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 high quality. I actually like these occasions as a consequence of A&S is the factor I like essentially the most concerning the SCA, and the perfect 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 consequence 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 consequence 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 de facto significant to me: a Maunche, which is for doing lots of cool A&S stuff. I assume I’ve executed 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 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 photographs 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’ll learn extra about right here- it wound up being fairly standard) however I am progressively 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 change into reliable for me. Nonetheless bitter, however not dangerous. I truly loved consuming this one.YE2W1, a boiled millet wine. I am getting higher outcomes progressively, however one thing continues to be actually improper with my millet processing.YE3L1, the non-glutinous rice brief wine I made at Pennsic. Producing this to hit a particular 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 person else is utilizing, which is nice, however I spent lots of time writing, and bought lots of assist modifying, in order that it is clear what my thought course of is and the method it led me to the conclusions I reached.Take a look! Please let me know in case you discover it useful, or in case you suppose 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 fashion, 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 copy 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 choices early on in Their reigns. Then comes the enterprise of discovering the proper occasion to provide it to the individual, with as lots 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 great, and the recipient’s buddies get to giggle concerning the shock in non-public for a superb lengthy time.