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. Honestly, until Tuesday night I would look at the questions and think, well, it reads like English, but I really don’t get it. It kind of felt like I was doing a jigsaw puzzle with only sky pieces. It’s not like it was a lightbulb moment. It was just doing it over and over and over until my brain finally memorized what formula to do when.
I really miss my younger brain that would grasp new concepts quickly, that could look at a problem and understand immediately how to work it through. This old brain, well, let’s just say there’s more lag time than I am comfortable with.
After the exam (which I had to take almost the full three hours for), I got the word that Ethics was cancelled and I had the afternoon off. I went home with the intention of going for a cruise on the motorbike, but it was a tad colder that I wanted, so did laundry and some homework.
Later, I headed back to Niagara-on-the-Lake to meet some of the women in other semesters. We met at the Suppermarket and had some amazing food and beer while we swapped stories and got to know each other. I have the say, the guy running the Silversmith booth was amazing, even fronting me a beer until I could get tickets. I tried a few other beers, but their black lager was my fave, proving to be pretty tasty when the sun is setting and you’re digging in to a crackling roast pork sandwich.