I’m a BJCP Judge!

It took all of two days from receiving my BJCP test results to get some judging gigs. I needed just one more experience point to get to the Certified level. I was able to get in on one of the judging nights for the Ontario Brewing Awards, and judged Bohemian Pils, Amber Lager and Vegetable categories. The next weekend, I went with Eric Cousineau, Brandi Lee MacDonald and Victor North to Buffalo to judge the Amber Waves of Grain competition. They did the judging differently than I’m used to, but it’s a format that I definitely prefer – get one …

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Advent Calendar 2015

 It was with great trepidation that I signed up for the GTA Brews Advent Calendar. Even though I am in the brewmaster program, most of these people have way better homebrew game than I do. Dedicated space, keezers, fermentation fridges – most of them have way better toys.   But I decided what the hell, and did it anyway. I needed to do a second trial of the chai winter warmer, so bought bottles and supplies, and bit the bullet. Everything went well, until time for fermentation. My fermentation chamber is a space under a kitchen counter…no temperature control there. …

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Because Beer

So glad I was able to check out the Because Beer Festival in Hamilton this weekend. Great beer, great food, great music, great location, great vibe…and that was just Friday! Kudos to Brandi and the other organizers who made herding that many cats look easy, and thanks to Victor of Garden Brewers for letting me hang out and help.        

My first competition

I took the step and submitted two of my homebrews into a competition that’s part of the Because Beer Festival in Hamilton next month. I carefully packaged* up two bottles each of the peppercorn rye and Belgian blonde with roses that I made in February/March. I’ve gotten really good response from them, and drinking makes me do the “OMG-I-made-this!” happy dance. While my inner hopeful girl is wondering where to hang the medal(s) they are going to win me, my inner realist is more interested in getting some feedback from the judging, to see how they’ve aged and if there are any faults. …

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Day 262

I’m sitting here in the school library (which is blissfully quiet-ish in the summer), trying to do a practice exam for Brewhouse Calculations class. I am able to answer one question of out the fourteen without looking at my notes. This does not bode well for the midterm on Wednesday. Yes, a midterm only three weeks into the semester. We have two compressed courses in the first part of it, which means I have Calculations and Ethics for 6 hours a week each. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling in Calculations (like only answering 7% of the practice exam wasn’t a …

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