DIY: How to Make a Pumpkin Keg for your Halloween or Harvest Party

DIY: How to Make a Pumpkin Keg for your Halloween or Harvest Party

Make your own pumpkin keg

This is the first week of Autumn. Leaves will start to fall; the weather is getting cooler, and football season has started. Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. For this year’s party or family get together, why not make a pumpkin keg? They are easy to do and are sure to be a great centerpiece at your party table.

Here are the supplies needed:

  • Medium to large sized pumpkin
  • Marker or ball point pen
  • Pumpkin carving kit
  • Spoon to scoop out seeds
  • Beer or kid-friendly punch
  • Tomlinson Spigot

Here’s how to make your own DIY pumpkin keg in 5 easy steps:

Mark-pumpkin1. After washing the pumpkin, take a marker or ball point pen and draw a circle or a jagged line around the top of the pumpkin for an opening. You will cut around this to get to the inside of the pumpkin, so make sure to make it big enough for your hand to reach into!

 

Cut-pumpkin2. Take the pumpkin carving kit knife and carefully cut along the line you have made around the pumpkin top. Remove the lid.

 

 

 

Clean-pumpkin3. Pull off the pumpkin lid. Now, use your hands, a spoon, or an ice cream scoop to get out all of the guts out of the pumpkin. Make sure to remove all of the seeds, as they may clog the spigot once the beer or punch is inside. You may not want to remove all of the pumpkin meat, as this is the yummy part that will give your punch or beer more pumpkiny flavor!

 

Tap-into-pumpkin-keg4. Now it’s time to insert the Tomlinson spigot into your pumpkin. It should be towards the bottom of the pumpkin, but not too low. The pumpkin will need to be elevated so that your guests can place a cup or glass underneath the tap. Use your pen or marker to outline the spigot end. Now that you have an outline, cut the hole for the spigot. You can use your knife or drill to make the hole. Make sure not to make it too big. It is better to make small adjustments than to make the hole too big. Take the pumpkin for a trial run by filling it with water to test for leaks.

Pour-beer-pumpkin5. After you have installed the spigot and checked for leaks, it is now time to fill up the pumpkin with your beer or punch. Place the pumpkin on a flat surface where the spigot will be high enough to fill the glass or cup underneath. Then, place the lid back onto to the pumpkin’s top.

There are lots of punch recipes that will work in your pumpkin keg. If you are using beer, pick a nice seasonal brew that will complement the flavor of the pumpkin. For your own Tomlinson spigot, come visit us at freshwatersystems.com. You can even save on shipping by buying your plastic cups from us as well!

 

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Boil Order Advisory: What Does It Mean for Your Water?

Boil Order Advisory: What Does It Mean for Your Water?

On the way home from work, you are stuck in traffic.

With the cars at a standstill, you decide to look for a different song or voice on the radio. Flipping through the stations, suddenly you hear the news announcer say, “The water municipality has issued a ‘boil order’ for the Smithton area.”

Wait! That’s where you live! So, what does that mean for your family tonight? How does that affect your supper or evening plans? Ultimately it means that whether you are washing grapes or making a cup of tea, all of the water used will have to be brought to a boil for at least two minutes before consumption. Even taking a shower during a boil order can be risky.

Boil orders can be issued by water municipalities for several reasons. First, they can be issued because of natural disasters. Due to the record amount of rainfall in Colorado this month, many communities and towns have experienced horrific flooding, damaging property, and costing lives. Flooding washes away top soil, damages entry points of water pipes to homes and businesses, and exposes underground main pipes that were previously buried. Flooding can also compromise the quality of well water, introducing bacteria and contaminants into the water supply. (For more information on natural disasters and water related safety, see the CDC’s page on “Water-related Emergencies.”)

Natural disasters are not the only cause for boil water alerts. Any loss of pressure to a water main can create a high risk of bacteria intrusion through backwash. This drop in pressure can be caused by pipe breaks or even an industrial or traffic accident that compromises the integrity of the pipes. System maintenance on our aging infrastructure of water supply systems can also cause the water delivery mains to be compromised. In the midst of constant testing, the municipalities may issue an order because of unsafe testing results for everything from turbidity to the presence of fecal matter.

If you live in Canada,
this website offers a simple way to find out when and how long your
boil alert will be on. In the United States, however, residents are
dependant on their local news agencies. In a recent article titled, “Boil Water Orders Abound in the US,” in the industry-leading Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, author Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD noted that in the first 14 days of August 2013, there were at least 29 US regions that were under an alert. These alerts covered both large and small areas, with some covering a few blocks and others including entire communities.

When a boil order is issued, all water used  for ingestion, including washing fruits and vegetables and using coffee makers, must be boiled. Government agencies even warn that after hand washing, antiseptic washes should be used to keep bacteria from being accidentally ingested.
If you are concerned about the safety of your water, there are other options besides boiling tap water or purchasing expensive bottled water. The AquaCera countertop filtration system offers a simple and easy to use option for filtering drinking water. To provide water for a larger household, the AquaCera Gravity Water Filter System offers an excellent and safe option, providing your home with safe water, even during a boil order. A whole house Trojan UV System is also a great way to protect your family during natural disasters or boil alerts.

If you are concerned about the safety of your water, call our water experts at 1-877-335-3339.

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Recreational Water Infections: Are You at Risk in the Pool?

Recreational Water Infections: Are You at Risk in the Pool?

In May 2013, The CDC released a study warning about the presence of bacteria in public pool filters in Atlanta, Georgia, including e. coli . Of the 161 pool samples, the CDC found that more than half of them showed evidence of e.coli as well as another harmful bacteria, pseudomonas aeruginosa. The chlorine resistant cryptodporiduim was present in one sample. Any of these bacteria could lead to a harmful infection for unsuspecting swimmers, particularly those with compromised immune system.

Now, in this month’s edition of Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, pool experts explain the significance of the CDC’s research and study. Authors Jeff Williams, PhD, and Nathan Kenney explain that enjoyable and safe pool care depends on two things: good filters and regular chlorine treatments.

One of the key items that they focus on in the article is the reduction of turbidity. Lowering turbidity, they write, can lead to safer pools. The chance for bacteria and other organisms to thrive is lessened when pool maintenance reduces turbidity (or cloudiness), but they also cite research that argues that the risk of drowning is less in clear pools. Clear pools allow other swimmers and poolside observers to notice those swimmers who may encounter trouble while swimming.

One of the best ways to lower turbidity is by maintaining your pool’s filtering system. Most pool experts will recommend changing the pool’s filter every 1-2 seasons. The filter should be changed even more often if the pool is frequented by lots of people or is the center of frequent pool parties. Dirt, sand, suntan lotions and perspiration are a common cause for clogged and old filters. Sunbelt or heated pools that are open or only partially winterized during the Autumn and Winter months will still require frequent filter changes.

If you are concerned about caring for the safety of your pool, visit freshwatersystems.com. We can help in selecting the perfect pool filter cartridge to keep the water clean and safe.

Replacement-pool-filters

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Radioactive Water: Japan’s Growing Problem

Radioactive Water: Japan’s Growing Problem

The earthquake and resulting tsunami that caused such damage to Japan’s coast in 2011 is still wreaking havoc. In August 2013, it was discovered that the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant had been leaking more than 300 tonnes of radioactive water into the ground water and the sea.

The Japanese company has been searching for solutions to the leak, including building a giant, subterranean “ice wall” that would effectively freeze the surrounding ground, preventing groundwater from flowing into the sea. However, radiation has already gone into the sea, and is a continuing problem.

Nuclear power plants are used throughout the United States, and some have voiced concern that a similar accident may occur here. For those who live near these plants, we offer several options in personal radiation diction meters.

If you have any questions about these products, visit us at freshwatersystems.com. We would be happy to assist you in selecting the right device for your needs.

Radiation-Meter-Comparison

 

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