2 month recap

Short version:

I finished school successfully, and am now working full time at Magnotta Brewery as Assistant Brewer.

Long version:

Holy crap, I finished school!

The beer festival went very well even though we missed our attendance target and had a few issues. My beer was voted by attendees as Best in Show,  my home brews won second and third in their categories, and I was highlighted in the St. Catharines paper write up about Project Brew. There were some truly great recipes from my classmates. I snagged as many cans as I could of their brews, only to be disappointed a month later when all showed signs of unplanned tartness.
Classes were finished, lab work finished, reports created and exams written. 

 

Kat’s 9 Lives display.

 
 

My beer placed well

 
On the last day, some of us headed to Blue Monk for dinner before meeting everyone at the Presidential Suite in EmbassySuites for a final party before we all headed our separate ways. I did not have as much fun as I wanted to thanks to a combination of being overtired, old and perhaps a tad hormonal. I need to learn that naps are not a sign of weakness.

  
I started working more hours at Trafalgar, but after a few weeks some of the applications I’d sent out early got some nibbles. I decided to take a position at Magnotta as Assistant Brewer for a number of reasons – learning opportunities, salary, commute time, benefits – the usual stars nicely aligned.

It’s been interesting finding the gaping holes in the curriculum at Niagara. Take filtration for example. A class on DE filters is in no way good preparation for learning to control something with that many valves.

 

I refuse to say how long it took me to master this

 
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I’ve been thinking about this blog and what to do with it. Not sure anymore why I’m writing it or who it’s for. It started as a way to augment my portfolio for the Brewmaster program application, then a way to document the learning. Now that the program is finished, well we’ll have to see.

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