T minus 17 days and counting

I am no longer at the point where I can count how many days it’s been since I started beer school; it’s much simpler to count how many I have left. 17. The number is both depressingly and delightfully small. I am going to miss my classmates and this temporary normal so much, but I am also almost giddy about the fact that in jsut over three weeks, I will no longer have a weekend home and a weekday home. I will be home, period. But before that happens, I have to get through the next 17 days, with 9 assignments, …

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Day 420

Brewery day, where I was brewing assist for Luke’s project brew. I love doing double brews, but was almost late for my creative writing stupid elective where I had to give a presentation on dialogue. Frankly, I’d have been ok with being late. Making beer > giving a presentation. Hands down. I am still trying to dial in my spice blend for my chai winter warmer. After conversations with Jon, Victor from Garden Brewing, and Asa from Brothers Brewing, I think I’ll be adding them in secondary. Now to try and figure out proportions. And a name. I need a name …

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Day 392

Ooof. Where did the last four weeks go? Things are definitely ramping up in this last semester. Six new courses, lots of group work, lots of commuting (yay) and the stress of knowing that we have to rejoin the real world in a few short months. The courses are more business-oriented this semester: Management – in the first four weeks of the semester, we’ve learned about management styles, some accounting (income statements and balance sheets mostly) and started looking at elements of business plans. The big project for this is to create a business plan for a fictional brewery in groups of …

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Ten things I learned working in the teaching brewery for two weeks.

I am way more out or shape than I’d thought. Back to the Fitbit and the gym. Custom insoles are my friend. Steel-toed rubber boots are my friend. Aleve is my friend. Self-doubt creeps in at the oddest times. Every machine has a quirk. Once you know that quirk, you will be one efficient badass on that machine. However, getting to know that quirk can be time-consuming and irksome. Help is there for the asking. Cleaning never ends. Never. Sampling beer at 9am is part of the bottlers job. A bad day working in a brewery is still better than a good day where …

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