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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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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Catching up

Been a pretty busy few weeks. I’ve been trying to get as many shifts as I can before school starts, and also started doing a few LCBO samplings for McAuslan. The first one I did was up in Aurora, sampling the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat ale. It was a bit more of a sell than I would have thought on a summer day; most of the men thought it was a girlie beer and most of the women pulled a face* at the mention of beer. It made me realize just how many people’s perceptions of beer goes no farther …

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Oh, I get it now!

One of the things I DO NOT LIKE about middle-age is how long it takes for connections to be made now. For instance, I just figured out this morning why I had a beer fountain with one of my home brews that I opened A MONTH AGO. Yeah, school is gonna be fun. And the problem was proportions…I used the full amount of bottling sugar even though I didn’t have a full amount of beer. I didn’t top up the wort to the one gallon mark before adding the yeast to the jug. Now that’s a mistake I won’t make …

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