West Atlanta Watershed Alliance MLK Jr. Day of Service

For MLK Jr. Day of Service, some of the Atlantis Hydroponics team members volunteered at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. We also donated supplies to help get their aquaponics system back in shape for the spring. Volunteers from across metro Atlanta came to the activity center to help restore and maintain the 26-acre urban forest located in southwest Atlanta, including some from Georgia Tech and Spelman College. Check out some of the photos of the great day and hard work from all of the volunteers.

West End Watershed Alliance MLK Day of Service

West End Watershed Alliance MLK Day of Service

West End Watershed Alliance MLK Day of Service

West End Watershed Alliance MLK Day of Service

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance works to make Atlanta a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable city. They also offer educational programs. Learn more about the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance at their website: http://wawa-online.org/.

Atlantis Hydroponics Wins Grant To Further Gardening & Education

Mission Main Street Grant Recipient

We are happy to announce that Atlantis Hydroponics was one of the 20 small business recipients selected by Mission Main Street Grants. Over twenty thousand business owners from across the nation applied to this year’s grant program and we are very humbled to have this wonderful opportunity. We are excited to be able continue our efforts to help make self-sustaining gardening a part of people’s lives.

We appreciate the support of our gardening community. We could not have done it without you – literally! Your votes helped get us to the next round of deliberation for this grant. Now the big question we have been asked over the past few days is – what are we going to do with the grant? Our goal is to continue our work with gardening and hydroponic education by creating a “Garden on Wheels” – a mobile hydroponic gardening center aimed to bring together nature and technology to showcase how to grow high-quality, organic vegetables efficiently and in an environmentally conscious manner. This mobile garden would allow communities, schools, and universities easy access to explore a functional hydroponics system, while teaching them how to start their own garden or science project. Stay tuned as our project begins!

To learn more about Mission Main Street Grants, visit their website at https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter – @atlantishydro, and our blog. We will be posting updates of our “Garden on Wheels” project as it progresses.

The Best Winter Vegetables To Eat & Grow

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from having fresh vegetables. There are many vegetables that can flourish during even the coldest months of the year! Gardening in the winter not only extends your growing season, but can also help you prepare your spring garden early since these veggies can also be grown throughout the year.

Onions and garlic are easy to grow and require little maintenance. They have a long growing season. So, they won’t be ready until summer. But they are well worth the wait! Onions and garlic can be used in many dishes – soups, salads, rice, pasta, meats. Just don’t forget about them when you start planing your spring garden.

Leafy greens are a staple in year-round gardens. Lettuce, spinach, collards, and mustard are great choices for your winter garden. They are rich in vitamins and can be used in more than just salads.

Potatoes are also a good choice for growing during chilly weather. Don’t let their starch-y reputation get in the way of growing potatoes. They also contain potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Did you know they also contain protein? Sweet potatoes are also a good choice as they have beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Carrots are a staple in our winter garden. They are easy to grow, easy to store, and are versatile enough to eat alone as a side dish, put them in salads, or combine with other meats and vegetables.

Do you have a winter garden? What vegetables do you like to grow during the cooler months?

Beer Brewing 101 – Equipment

Beer Brewing 101 - Equipment

One of the most common questions when it comes to homebrewing beer is – What equipment will I need? Brewing beer can be as easy or as complex as you want. The easiest way to get started is with a homebrew kit. Most kits come with everything you will need to brew beer and commonly have instructions included. If you want to build your own setup or just want more information about the equipment, we have put together a list and will be updating regularly. Let’s get started!

Boiling Pot
When considering a boiling pot, bigger can be better. It should be a minimum of three gallons. You will need a boiling pot with enough room to hold your liquid and having a little breathing room can be helpful. Stainless steel or ceramic coated stainless steel are recommended.

Stirring Spoon
A very simple, yet very important, piece of equipment is a long handled spoon or paddle to stir. When adding ingredients, such as hops, you will need to stir them into a usually boiling pot. The long handle will make sure you can stir completely without burning your hands.

Bottling Bucket
Bottling buckets for homebrewers are often 5 gallon plastic buckets with a lid. This is where your beer will ferment. Some people prefer glass carboys. Glass is a great alternative as they are impermeable to oxygen and are less likely to scratch as easily as plastic. The downside to glass carboys are the narrower necks, which can make them more difficult to clean or add certain ingredients.

Airlock
Airlocks help to prevent contamination from outside pollutants while allowing gases to escape during fermentation.

Thermometer
The temperature of your wort, yeast, or mash is important during the homebrewing process. Therefore, it is important to have a way to measure temperature. Your thermometer should be able to stand the heat. Stainless steel dial thermometers are common, as are floating, adhesive, and laboratory thermometers.

Bottle Brush
A bottle brush is a great tool to clean and sanitize your equipment. They can help make cleaning your beer bottles quick and efficient. You can find brushes in different sizes to suit your needs and even find ones specifically made to clean carboys!

Measuring Cup
A measuring cup is a very important tool for homebrewers. You will be measuring many things – a lot of which could be liquid. Having a measuring cup on hand will help you quickly measure volumes of ingredients and water necessary for your beer recipe.

Siphon
A siphon will help you transfer your beer between containers. You will need about six feet of plastic tubing to transfer your beer. There are complete fill kits available or you choose the siphon equipment and make it yourself!

Racking Cane
A racking cane connects to your siphon hose to transfer your beer between containers.

Bottle Filler
Bottle fillers are just that – bottle fillers. They are great pieces of equipment! It consists of a hard plastic tube with a spring-loaded valve tip. When the valve tip is pressed against the bottom of your glass beer bottle, the beer is allowed to flow through – making for easy fills.

Bottles
You will need something to package all of your freshly made homebrew! Glass beer bottles are easily sanitized and can be re-used. Twist-top bottles are not recommended as they can be difficult to seal air tight. A typical five gallon batch of homebrewed beer will require about 48 twelve ounce glass beer bottles.

Bottle Caps
You will need bottle caps for your beer bottles full of your new homebrew! Make sure you get the correct size! Bottles come in varied sizes – so do the bottle caps.

Bottle Capper
Bottle cappers used by homebrewers are usually made of plastic and are spring loaded for ease of capping your beer bottles. They are virtually effortless to use. Most have a magnet to hold your bottle caps in place while capping and provide a smooth crimp.

Cleanser
You will need a cleanser for washing organic matter from your beer brewing equipment. Remember – it is very important to clean your equipment before you sanitize.

Sanitizer
A sanitizer, such as a no-rise sanitizer, is essential to protecting your beer from bacteria.

Not needed, but great additions:
Wort chiller - will cool much faster than an ice bath method.
Propane burner - will boil quicker and in larger batches.
Large kettle - to help make larger batches of beer and full volume boils.
Kegging system - is more expensive than traditional bottling and capping, but can help speed up the time to carbonate.

This list should get you on your way to brewing your own beer in no time! Don’t forget to check out our other Beer Brewing 101 articles and stay tuned for more homebrewing info!

Beer Brewing 101 – Ingredients

Looking for homebrew kits? We have Crosby and Baker beer brewing and winemaking kits available online. If you prefer to make your own homebrew setup, we have a great online selection of beer brewing equipment, ingredient kits and even dried grains, malts, and hops.

12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

Give the gardener in your life anything they need by giving an Atlantis Hydroponics gift card! Let them pick out exactly what is on their list and what they want for their blooming crops. Perfect for the picky, hard to buy for, or those with a varied taste in gardening and beer brewing or wine making. Also great for those shopping last minute! You can buy in store or online. They can also be used in store or online. They are reloadable, too!

Hydroponics Gift Card

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12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 11

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

For urban, patio, and even traditional gardeners, the Viagrow Raised Bed Fabric Planter will be a great addition to any garden. Made of environmentally friendly material, these fabric planters are durable to last many seasons and heavy crops. They are also great for creating an oxygen-rich environment for your root system. They can be used for hydroponic and soil gardens – indoors or out! The built-in handles make it easier for you to move plants as needed.

Fabric Raised Bed Planter

View more details about this Fabric Raised Bed Planter online or visit one of our retail locations! These raised bed planters come in multiple sizes. We also have many other styles and sizes of planters, pots, and even trimmers to choose from. Click here to view our full online selection!

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12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas…

Help someone become an expert at homebrewing with the book Extreme Brewing – An Enthusiast’s Guide To Brewing Unique Craft Beer At Home. Written by Sam Calagione, who is the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, this book is sure to please anyone looking for ways to improve their homebrewed craft beers.

Homebrewing Book

View more details about this great book about brewing your own craft beer online or visit one of our retail locations! Looking for another beer brewing book or interested in making wine, be sure to check out our full selection of beer brewing and wine making books.

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12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 9

On the ninth day of Christmas…

Give the gift of light! This 150 watt grow light system is easy to use and compact – making it perfect for all levels of indoor gardeners. This light system provides the right amount of output and color spectrum needed for successful indoor gardening. This would work great for many varieties of herbs, vegetables, or even flowers.

Grow Light

View more details about this grow light online or visit one of our retail locations!

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12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas…

For the wine lover on your list, how about giving the ability to create their own wine? Any wine aficionado will enjoy being able to create their own recipes with this complete True Brew Fine Wine Kit. It comes complete with everything needed to start making your own wine at home.

Fine Wine Kit

What is in the kit?

  • 7.8 gallon bucket with lid
  • 6 gallon glass carboy
  • Thermometer
  • Airlock
  • Hydrometer
  • Auto-Siphon
  • Dual function bottle filler
  • 30 natural corks
  • Twin lever corker
  • 24″ plastic spoon
  • Wine bottle brush
  • De-gassing rod
  • C-Brite cleanser (8 packets)

View more details about the True Brew Fine Wine Kit online or visit one of our retail locations!

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12 Days of Christmas with Atlantis: Day 7

On the seventh day of Christmas…

Thinking about getting started in aquaponics? The book Aquaponic Gardening is a complete DIY for how to get started growing food and fish together. In addition to learning step-by-step how to create your own aquaponics system, read about the benefits and potential of having this type of gardening system.

Aquaponic Gardening

View more details about the book Aquaponic Gardening online or visit one of our retail locations! If you are looking to learn more about hydroponics or other aspects of gardening, head over to our online section of gardening books. This guide is sure to please any gardener!

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