What is the Difference between Red, White, Sparkling Wine?

If you are anything like meHow to pick a white red or sparkeling wine the thought of going to the giant-mega store to buy a wine was always overwhelming! The the good new is buying a good wine is not as hard as you may think. Here is a little cheat-sheet to help you figure out what you are going to buy on your way to that romantic evening or dinner party. Continue reading

How to Use a Sluice Box

In the early gold Old gold rush sluice boxrush days the sluice box consisted of a simple wooden trough lined with raised obstructions placed at a ninety-degree angle to the flow of the water. These obstructions are what are known as riffels. When all of the gold carrying gravel is “run” through the sluice the water is shut off and the riffels are removed. The heavy materials containing the gold known as concentrates would be gathered. This run would sometimes consist of processing several tons of gold-bearing gravel through the box. Continue reading

How to Bring Wine As a Gift to a Party.

Many people like to plaWine dinner party toasty the “what if” scenario, so it’s a good thing to do. What happens if you don’t chill the wine before presenting it to someone? Well, it depends on why you are bringing the wine over. If it is as a hostess gift, it doesn’t matter whether you chill it or not because you are giving it as a gift. The people are likely going to set the wine aside to be enjoyed by them at a later date. If you were to provide it chilled, it is as though you are asking for a portion of your gift and that is rude. Continue reading

How to Stake a Gold Claim

You might be surprsluice-box-3ised to learn that you can still find gold in the United States. In fact, over 80% of the world’s gold is still yet to be found. I guess once you realize these facts the questions are: Where can I go to find gold? And if I do find gold how can I be sure I get to keep it? Well, there are two likely routes you can go to answer these questions. First, you can join the Gold Prospector’s Association of America (GPAA) then you are entitled to go out and prospect on any of there gold claims or land leases across America. If you are the more adventurous type you can strike out on your own on any of the open public land across the country and try and stake your own claim.

Here is the Idiot’s quick guide on how to find and stake your very own gold claim: Continue reading

Dry Prospecting vs. Wet Prospecting

There ideserto-sonora-paesaggios a great difference between wet and dry prospecting.

Wet prospecting is by far the more useful and the one which will provide the most frequent discoveries this is because you get a much better separation rate of gold from gravel when wet and sent through a sluice box and subsequent sieve or series of sieves. However, this separation rate is much, much lower when dry and the likelihood of expelling gold with your sand or gravel is greatly increased. Continue reading