Shit I did in the last two weeks while I was too crazy/busy/tired to post

I will be so happy when this semester is over, and I no longer have that unshakeable feeling of impending disaster because there are too many balls in the air and surely they will come crashing down any moment. OK, maybe a tad dramatic, but it has been a busy two weeks. They might have been less nutty if I hadn’t taken two weekends away for roller derby tournaments, but I had fun and can’t bring myself to regret them in the slightest. So here goes, my post about catching up. I know I don’t need to because as my …

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Beer Club: NY, VT & ME edtion

It is a bit surreal to find yourself being applauded for bringing beer to an event. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda liked it, but it was a bit….weird. What did I do to deserve the applause? I brought Heady Topper (aka Beer Unobtainium) and Hill Farmstead Abner to Beer Club. It was a great event. I stand by my initial review of Heady Topper (meh. is it supposed to make my tongue go numb?), and preferred the more complex and slightly softer Abner by Hill Farmstead. A quick informal poll showed that about 30% of the club agreed with …

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Day 161

Days 148-156 recap: 148 – Brewing – I finally remembered to bring in a carboy, so was able to snag some of the Spanish Armada stout to ferment at home. It’s got some smoked and hot peppers in it, and has a nice subtle fire to it. I threw in some Nottingham dry yeast I had in the fridge, but it took a few days to get going. I know that Moose’s basement is cool, cold even in this winter, but I was expecting/hoping for a bit more liveliness. I rehydrated the yeast, but maybe didn’t aerate it enough. That and the …

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Day 128 and Beer Club

Two classes on Thursday; packaging and sensory. The first packaging class was all about the history of liquid containers, then looking at the pros and cons of glass and aluminum bottles, cans, kegs, casks and PET. Lots of information, 98 PowerPoint slides worth. We didn’t get through it all, as Rob shared a lot of anecdotal information that he has gained from experience over the years. I feel that the most important slide was #7, that this is one that knowingly or unconsciously I’ll be coming back to the most:   Sensory class was next, with a new professor. Victor is …

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Day 91, Beer Club and Beer Advent Calendar Day 2

The stars aligned to give me many beer-y things today. Brewery day I spent the morning in the brewery alternating between bottling and keg-cleaning until some of the boys were done with the mash. The project today was to make some of Alan Brown’s strong Scotch ale, Highland Gale Highland Ale, that won him this year’s Iron Brewer award. Once the first mash was done, it was distributed to the kettles in the pilot system, and a second mash started. We had the chance to take home some of the copious quantities of extra wort, but alas, my extra carboy was …

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