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Yeast Cakes from Hops
Yeasts for Baking. Generally when one mentions yeast, aromatic loaves of fresh homemade light bread come to mind. And so they should. Aside from acting as a leavening agent in bakery products, yeast is also the ingredient responsible for the tantalizing aroma that arises during baking.

Though probably today the most commonly known and used are store-bought packages of dried yeast, there are several other different kinds. The recipes that follow show two examples of different ways to make yeast--dry yeast cakes made from hops and an everlasting yeast "starter"--and also how the yeasts are used in making bread.

The dry yeast cakes are made in part by boiling the blossoms of the hop vine. These flowers contain a fragrant yellowish oil called lupulin. The use of this oil as a preservative in beer and as a narcotic drug originated in Germany before Charlemagne. Since then its use has become widespread and the vine cultivated in other nations, including America.

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An alternative or natural building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability. Ways of achieving sustainability through natural building focus on durability and the use of minimally processed, plentiful or renewable resources, as well as those that, while recycled or salvaged, produce healthy living environments and maintain indoor air quality. Natural building tends to rely on human labor, more than technology. As Michael G. Smith observes, it depends on "local ecology, geology and climate; on the character of the particular building site, and on the needs and personalities of the builders and users."

The basis of natural building is the need to lessen the environmental impact of buildings and other supporting systems, without sacrificing comfort, health or aesthetics. To be more sustainable, natural building uses primarily abundantly available, renewable, reused or recycled materials. The use of rapidly renewable materials is increasingly a focus. In addition to relying on natural building materials, the emphasis on the architectural design is heightened. The orientation of a building, the utilization of local climate and site conditions, the emphasis on natural ventilation through design, fundamentally lessen operational costs and positively impact the environmental. Building compactly and minimizing the ecological footprint is common, as are on-site handling of energy acquisition, on-site water capture, alternate sewage treatment and water reuse.

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Engr305 Appropriate Technology Projects: Below are selected service learning projects from Engr305 Appropriate Technology, which is a course on appropriate technology at Humboldt State University taught by instructor Lonny Grafman.

Papasan Chair Solar Cooker

A solar cooker and chair when not in use  
Parabolic basket and tin can solar cooker

Solar cooker out of local invasive species and waste materials  
Plastering CCAT Earthbag Terrace

A sturdy, natural plaster covering to the EarthBag gardening terrace being built in front of CCAT  
Rocket stove biomass charcoal

Use of biomass waste charcoal briquettes for rocket stove  
Rowan's portable pedal power generator

A pedal power generator  
Small greenhouse rainwater catchment

A rainwater catchment system for a greenhouse  
Solar Charged Lawnmower

An electric lawnmower that utilizes solar power as an energy source  
Solar heating box

A passive solar heating box  
Sunbrella

An umbrella in the rain, a solar cooker in the Sun  
Sunny Brae Middle School Garden

A garden at Sunny Brae Middle School  
Sunny Brae rainwater catchment system

A residential rainwater catchment system  

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