So I made like 3 gallons of chili a while back. I had 2 half gallon jars of beans I was rehydrating for said chili. Let them soak for a day but also added salt to the water. Well by next morning they were fermenting HARD. Like foaming out the top of the jars and bubbling like a soda. So I just let them go on my counter for a few days and then made chili out of them. Was delicious. Not sure if the fermentation did anything to the flavor of the beans but I had zero gas from them.
So anyway I decided to make more chili again. I decided to ferment 3 half gallons this time, black beans, kidney, and red. So I got them all fermenting I can can now officially say the max number of fermenting beans you should have goin in one room is two half gallons. Cause god lord do these make a smell. It's distinct. Like you know it's from beans. It's like, you know how when you have a been fart you can tell it's a bean fart. Like you just can tell by some off note "yeah that's from those beans"? Well it's like that but without the rest of the fart. Just the beans part.
Here's where the science experiment comes in. I have them all with air lock bubblers. The smell has attracted gnats to the jars and they fly down into the bubblers and get trapped in the liquid I used which is a suuuper salty brine. The distribution of gnats however, is not even. It seems the black beans have attracted no gnats, the red beans 1 gnat, and the kidney beans 7 gnats. So, I can surmise that, kidney beans cause the stinkiest farts of the 3 types.
First off the ridiculousness of these things never gets old for me.
A while back I was up to 4 sets of 10 with 205lbs deadlifting. Not amazing but I was proud of it. Then I pulled a glute muscle and generally my joints aren't great so I took time to heal and to physically therapy. Been starting back slow and keep getting delayed cause work and life but I'm slowly working back up to it. Everything took a hit and weights been reduced across the board but I'm not gonna let myself get discouraged. Some progress better than no progress.
What are you all working towards? Have a strategy? Want to boast on your gains or vent your frustrations?
https://catbox.moe/c/hzzvvj more pictures here including the adjustment mechanism
I built this thing a while back and got as far as putting the pads on it. Only thing I have left to do is upholstery it. I have the material which is a vinyl cloth that's easy to clean. I went with red for the color because... I mean.... Obviously. It's just such a pain to cut and sew it and put it on. So it sits now with some towels over it to keep the foam from getting dirty. But it still works just as well. Funny enough I don't even really ever incline for any lifts as I have other lifts I do for those muscle groups anyway. lol. It is pretty damn cool regardless.
Also, that lowest incline? Exactly 25degrees. I did not plan that. I just kind of was winging it.
The entirety of this was made out of scrap wood in my barn from other woodworking projects. No need to waste valuable 2x4s then you have tons of scrap plywood and a gallon jug of wood glue. Drilled holes into the sides for the pipe. Holes consist of a larger outer hole and smaller inner hole. Pipe ends are threaded and screw tightly into the inner hole. I then drilled a bolt through the other side and filled the hole with epoxy before screwing the pipe in place. I can put my whole weight on one pipe and not even hear a creak and so far haven't seen any signs of failure and it's been in use for like a year or so now.
Sometimes I think I enjoy making all the weight lifting equipment more than the actual "getting fit" part. lol.
Stay strong comrades.
So these were originally maxed out at 18lbs with concrete and didn't have anywhere else to put weight but I wanted a nice even number. So I wrapped the edge in tape to form a mold and then filled the rims with epoxy and all manner of washers I had sitting in a bit bucket doing jack all in my barn. Also BBs. They are easily the most ridiculous set of weights I own. But the hold a special place in my heart.
As a little extra discussion, what are your fitness goals comrades?
Personally I don't want to be any kind of power lifter but I would like to be able to deadlift like 300 in sets of 10 one day and squat close to that. Unfortunately my joints suck and I have been set back multiple times due to just having to figure out what I'm doing wrong or the general limitations of my joints. For instance I can never do a deep squat. Like my hips simply won't bend in a way that allows me to get that low. Nor do I think my old man knees could take it.
So the down side to my homemade weight plates is that I didn't have any that where the right diameter to do deadlifting. The diameter of the typical 45lb plate, and thus all the lower weight "bumper plates" is ~17.5 inches. None of my brake disk weights met this and I didn't have a mold for concrete weights that size. Nor do I want to be dropping concrete weights on the ground like that. So I made these bad boys. I took four 18 inch diameter pine rounds. Glued them together in pairs using a generous amount of wood glue and having the grain perpendicular as to add strength. Then drilled a hole in the center and smaller holes around that. Filled the smaller holes with concrete to even the weight out for each pair. Got them both to equal 10lbs each. They give me the proper height for deadlifting (ok so like .25 inches higher but I don't think that's hurting anything) and are fairly durable. The wood absorbed more impact and I'm also lifting on a rubber mat now so it's less impact on it. They are basically permanent additions to my bar cause they fit tight and are hard to remove. They are also my most expensive set of weights because I had to actually buy the pine rounds and while not super expensive they aren't "$2 for a 60lb bag of concrete" cheap. About $40 for the set I think? It's been a while since I made them.
Also I hit them with a torch to darken them and sealed them with a few coats of water based polyurethane cause why not?
Lifters... Uhhhh... Finds a way
Article link: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1iW4y167Vf
Reddit link: https://www.reddit.com/r/Sino/comments/ve4a8z/003_fujian_launched/
From the comments section: "Also for reference as to how groundbreaking it is, it is China's first Catapult Assisted TakeOff But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) carrier, and its catapults are EMALS (Electromagnetic) - on par with FORD Class.
The only countries in the world with CATOBAR and France (Charles De Gaulle has 2) and the USA (Ford and Nimitz classes have 4), both of which are nuclear. China has not only leapfrogged Steam Catapult Technology, but has also has its first CATOBAR carrier with 3 EMALS catapults, without doubt the most capable conventional carrier platform.
Catapults will allow the J-15 (the heaviest carrier aircraft) to fully utilize its platform capability by increasing takeoff weight with full missile payload, increase sortie rates, and enable KJ-600 AESA AWACS to provide more situational awareness for China's CVG to operate further from the coast"
Made these using gallon sized food cans, concrete and steel bar. Drilled a hole in the ends of the steel bar and ran a bolt through to anchor I to the concrete. A single can filled with concrete can in to almost exactly 15lbs in a test run I did. Probably could get them to 35lbs even if I cared to throw some epoxy in the rim is I wanted but for now they do the job. A little unwieldy due to the sheer size of them. I think they are close to 2ft tall.
The real trick was you got to stick the pipe in one can, let the concrete cure, then figure out how to stick in the other can and keep it upright with a 15lb concrete can attached to it already. I built a rig to hold them upright as picture here.
It may not be apparent from the pic but I did make one rather big flaw with this rig... I drilled holes for the pipe to fit in.... For dumbbells... Where each end was being closed off with a giant can... Getting the rig off the pipe was.... Less than easy. lol
So these are made out of brake disks I cleaned up. They were caked with rust so I soaked in vinegar for a few days. Used a brush and the rust just slid off. Rinsed, dried then coated with some truck liner spray to protect the metal. Inserted a piece of 2 inch PVC in the center. This size fits perfectly around an Olympic style barbell. Then filled with concrete. Once dry I used epoxy and BBs to even the weight out. Original weight for each was exactly 35.01lbs on a shipping scale. I have made several weights like this and will post more eventually. All in all I've saved myself hundreds on just making myself weights.