6 Things Solo Backpacking Beginners Need To Know

6 things solo backpacking beginners need to knowBeing a solo backpacker means that you are one that ventures out into the back woods alone to enjoy nature in its silent and raw bliss.  There is not anyone that you can rely on but yourself and your dog that you take with you.  The grit of the trail and the silence of the back country are the only elements that keep your mind from wondering.  Solo backpacking is a wonderful way for gentlemen to be pushed into a whole different mindset that allows you to reset your problems and to really see what you are made of.

I just finished up my first solo backpacking trip a few days ago.  To say that I had a wonderful time is an understatement.  I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself to my limits.  All men should take this opportunity to go out and pick up this hobby for themselves.  It is a great way to learn about yourself.


brobasket sgtlmn10_16


What do solo backpacking beginners need to know?

  • What kind of protection should you be concerned with on the trail
  • How to control how much weight you are going to carry
  • What is your mindset, can you handle it
  • Think five steps ahead of yourself
  • Who can find you, let someone know where you plan to be
  • What should you take with you

I mentioned this event in a past episode linked below:

have we lost the rite of passage

Resources used in todays show:

Thank you for listening. Please find Skilled Gentlemen Podcast on FacebookiTunes,  Twitter,  Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew

pumpkin spice porterI just finished my pumpkin spice porter beer.  Last night I opened it and it had an the most intoxicating smell.  The smell has a stronger pumpkin smell with the traditional hint of cinnamon.  The taste is even better.  It almost makes you want to get your ugg boots and your yoga pants on.  This is the perfect beer of the fall season.  The only downside is that I only brewed a 5 gallon batch!

As I have always said, if you can cook a box of rice you can brew a batch of beer.  The steps are simple and you will be able to brew your own by watching my YouTube video where I walk through the steps that I took to brew my batch of Pumpkin Spice Porter.


Thank you to Hop Goblin for making this process possible!  Visit their website and purchase your own ingredient kit.

hopgoblin


The Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew video

Yes, this video is pretty long, however it takes your through EVERYTHING you need to know about brewing this beer.  No steps are removed and all explanations are spelled out for you.  While you are watching the video you can pick up your Pumpkin Spice Porter 5 Gallon Extract Kit from HopGoblin.com.  Hurry up though, you need to act fast because it is a seasonal item.

Do you need a more “broken down” view of the brew process?

I took the time to make sure that I made different videos from different parts of the brew process.  Brewing is really easy and a lot of fun to do.  If you are looking for a new hobby or skill, you have found a very rewarding one.  Follow these really easy steps and you can have your own batch of beer.

The beer brewed with this past process was a Red Ale.  This is one of the simpler kinds of beer to brew.  Great for the fall or spring.

 

How and Why Gentlemen Should Cook

how and why gentlemen should cookRegardless or not if you are married, dating, or single being able to cook is an attribute that everyone will appreciate.  You will be able to attract the heart of the person you like after they get over your physical appearance.  You can work toward your health goals by being able to cook.  If you want bigger muscles or less of a gut, you can find recipes that fit.  If you are married with kids and have little time to spare cooking, I am going to give you ways to address this problem.

Being a chef is not a hard skill to learn.  As long as you follow my tips and purchase the correct tools for this, you will be fine.  I have never tried to cook anything and regretted it.  This is a skill that will follow you for your entire life and can be used to impress at the house, at work, at parties, and anywhere else that food is made.  Sit back, get hungry, and learn ways to master that kitchen like a gentleman!


FOG banner


Why should men know how to cook?

  • General tips that all gentlemen should know
  • The tools of the trade
  • Principals for cooking
  • 3+1 recipes that you should know by hand
  • Why this matters to every gentleman regardless of your marital status
  • How this is an upgrade to your life
  • Money saving tips

Resources used in the making of the COOKING show:

Thank you for listening. Please find Skilled Gentlemen Podcast onFacebook,iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Your First Beer Brew


your first beer brewBrewing beer is not a hard but it can be intimidating to do.  In partnership with HopGoblin I have put together a basic guide to brewing your first batch of beer.  This guide is meant to break down how easy it is to make beer with the right kit and with the right ingredient kit.  I make sure to add in all of my tips and tricks to make sure that you have a successful brew day.

A lot of the homebrew clubs and forms that are around the internet does a really awesome job of getting over your head.  When I started my first brew I was very nervous about all this math that I needed to do and all of the acronyms that I needed to memorize that I messed it up.  I didnt have videos like this that could have made it so much easier to understand and enjoy.  This is why we came together to bring you this series.

This is a video series that goes step by step through the brew day and then day by day through the rest of the process.   Once you are finished with this series you can go to the store, buy you equipment and ingredient kit, and work through each video from brew day to the day you open your first brew.

To make your first brew you will need:

How much does brewing beer cost?

Depending on which recipe kit you go with depends on your total cost for your first brew.  However, we need to break down the cost over the total amount of beer that you will get from a 5 gallon kit.  On average you will get 50 beers out of 5 gallons of beer.  (Your equipment kit + Recipe Kit) /50 beers = 3.62 per beer for the expensive kit or 3.08 per beer for the cheapest kit.  Keep in mind that you pay $4.00 per beer at most bars.  From then on your cost for a craft is cheaper than what you can buy at a grocery store.  You can average a cost between $1.02 and $0.48 per craft.

If you can make a meal with the use of a recipe and not burn your house down, kill yourself or your dog you can brew beer!  This video series proves it.  I do not go into any kind of tests involved, I do not mention specific gravity or temperatures needed because you do not need to know this yet.  You are a beginner, enjoy the process of making homebrew.

 

A Series Has Been Finished! Now Watch It!

If you haven’t already figured this out, Skilled Gentlemen Podcast has a YouTube channel.  I do videos on different subjects ranging from reviews to homesteading.  If you are interested please consider subscribing to keep up with what is going on around here.

I am finishing up a series that I have done on keeping chickens.  This series started from day 1 when they arrived to the homestead and goes through to where they are introduced to the big chickens in the paddock system.  Watch the video and subscribe!

 

The series can be found below!

Starting and Caring for a Pool

starting and caring for a poolPools provide a lot of recreational fun and great exercise.  A pool can also be a great source of an income that can make really great income.  As someone that has made a lot of money throughout my childhood, this show is going to be a lot of fun for me.  There are a lot of misconceptions and a lot of confusion about pool and pool maintenance that businesses and the media have started.  Really and honestly pools should be more fun to play in than they are irritating to have.  Just consider yourself enjoying hanging out by the pool with your friends and family without all of the hassle and headache of having all of the crazy chemicals that you hear about in commercials and on the store shelf.

During the show I mentioned another show that you should listen to if you are considering owning a pool.

drowning spotting it and stopping it


Keep in mind that four year old Katarina needs our help to purchase a diabetic alert dog.  Her story and how you can help can be found in the podcast where I interviewed her and her parents.  Man Up and donate to her go fund me page.

Kat Needs Our Help

Go Fund Me


How do you Start and Care for a Pool?

    • How to start a pool
    • Common Parts
    • Difference between kinds of water sanatation
    • Water chemistry
    • BBB Method
    • Health concerns applicable to pools
    • Shutting the pool down for winter

Resources used in today’s show:

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Cocktails, Entrepreneurship, and How to not be a Noob at Cocktails

Cocktails, Entrepreneurship, and How to not be a Noob at CocktailsI have had the pleasure of sitting down with a young entrepreneur and talk about what else than cocktails with Alex from Cocktail Crate Mixers.  If that business name sounds familiar, you have probably seen it in stores.  Cocktail Crate Mixers distribute to thousands of locations all over the United States and will even ship to your door through their electronic checkout.  I have spoken about how to make sure that you are using fresh ingredients in your cocktails, this is your short cut without having to resort to those nasty, tasteless, and unhealthy mixers.  Alex has come onto the show and spoken about how he started his company, what his company does, and how to absolutely avoid being a noob at cocktails.

Group Shot


Keep in mind that four year old Katarina needs our help to purchase a diabetic alert dog.  Her story and how you can help can be found in the podcast where I interviewed her and her parents.  Man Up and donate to her go fund me page.

Kat Needs Our Help

Go Fund Me


Why should we make Cocktails with Cocktail Crate Mixers?

  • What is Cocktail Crate Mixers?
  • How do you get a business off of the ground?
  • What is the hardest thing about business in the beginning?
  • What are the major trends in the world of cocktails?
  • How do you wow someone with a cocktail?
  • What are 3 cocktails that every man should know?

 

How to get in contact with Cocktail Crate Mixers

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com

How To Start Homesteading

how to start homesteadingHomesteading is no easy task.  Of course no one ever said that homesteading would be easy work.  I started my research and started my journey to this about 5 years ago.  It began with my desire to be more self reliant and to be able to provide for my family.  If you ever wanted to do any homesteading, now is the time to start.  Spring is in the air and the plants are waiting to be put in the ground.  Now is the time to start getting sweaty and no is the time to start getting dirty.  Consider this though, what happens when you want to put in chickens over here and it turns out that area floods?  What if you wanted to put your garden in this area but the wildlife hangs out in that area?  You have to think this through, otherwise you are going to resent listening to this podcast and stop trying to grow something.  Today you are going to get MY blueprints on how I planned out my homestead and the steps for you to do the same.

Join me today as I instruct you on how to start homesteading.

  • Getting our semantics straight
  • Why you can do this in an suburban area or 90 acres
  • Reasons why you want to start a homestead
  • Planning stage
  • Plotting stage
  • Planting stage
  • Building stage

No resources were used in How To Start Homesteading

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com

 

Increasing Your Bench Press

increasing your bench pressWe all have different reasons why we want to go to the gym.  We are either there to look better for bathing suit season, because the doctor told us we needed it, or because we want to be stronger.  There could be many more reasons but I can make a bold assumption here today.  Everyone that goes to the gym, does the bench press.  I know you do it because I used to do it every time I went.  We all get to this point in our bench press in which we hit a plateau.  We cant seem to get any higher in our bench for some reason or another.  This is discouraging and eventually can lead to us not going back to the gym.  I mean everyone else seems like they are busting it out on bench, why cant I.  It might be that you are not taking advantage of some practices that can increase your bench press that I am going to give out to you today.

How do we increase our bench press?

  • Be your own hype man
  • Lift Explosively
  • Are you sleeping enough
  • Have you found your grip
  • Stay off the smith machine
  • Form is everything
  • Try chains
  • Decrease reps, increase weight
  • Wright down everything
  • Add warm ups
  • Increase time between sets
  • Bring down slower
  • Push ups
  • Dips

Resources used to help you increase your bench press:

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello , Instagram and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

How To Get Things Done

how to get things doneAs gentlemen we should be able to get things done.  Things in the aspect of projects.  We all have our excuses of why we do not want to get things done.  We all say that it is too cold or it is too rainy but in reality we can get things done in a different area of the house.  This is something that I have struggled with.  Excuses on why I cant or wont do a project.  It may help if we organize our projects a little better.  Today, that is going to be the bulk of the show.  Organizing your project with your spouse or whoever you are investing with.  There are two ways that I have used in my organization efforts to get things done, both spoken on the podcast today.  The major concept that is between the two ways is that it includes a way to get your spouse involved in the project to meet not just your goals, but both.

So how do we get things done?

  • The concept of using a 3 ring binder
  • Using Excel to organize our thoughts
  • Excuses and how to avoid them
  • How to justify your projects

Remember that I am taking the last 2 weeks off of December from the podcast.  I will still have Email service, and I will be on the Facebook page.  I am just taking time away from the show.  The reason is because I need to do some reflection and figure out where I want the show to go next year.

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com