2 month recap

Short version: I finished school successfully, and am now working full time at Magnotta Brewery as Assistant Brewer. Long version: Holy crap, I finished school! The beer festival went very well even though we missed our attendance target and had a few issues. My beer was voted by attendees as Best in Show,  my home brews won second and third in their categories, and I was highlighted in the St. Catharines paper write up about Project Brew. There were some truly great recipes from my classmates. I snagged as many cans as I could of their brews, only to be disappointed …

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Day 267

Another midterm today, this one in Brewhouse Calculations. I was as stressed out about this as I was DILLIGAF-ed about the Ethics. Because this one is important. I feel that I have learned in the last few weeks with Ray what I wanted to learn in the course – how to understand how the ingredients all worked together: water (quantity and chemistry), malt, hops, and yeast. And how to use that knowledge to make a beer recipe from scratch that doesn’t suck. And there are a lot of interconnecting formulas that took my mind a long time to wrap around. …

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Day 62 – Monday, Nov 3

I always really hated it when students whined about having a tedious class first thing Monday morning, and am trying to avoid following in their footsteps. But Ingredients class is a struggle; lots of detailed information is read almost word-for-word from powerpoint presentations without a lot of context other than “this will be on the test so remember it”. What about the rest of the material? Can we ignore it if it’s not in bold, and therefore not on the test? No? I didn’t think so, so why bother highlighting only parts of it for the sole reason that we’ll …

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