Day 66 – Friday, Nov 7

Intro: Paddy was back for the second part of his presentation on food-grade stainless vessels, with a focus on pumps and valves. I can now tell the difference between a butterfly and a ball valve and know what a calandria is. I took many notes in both parts of the presentation in preparation for the design-a-brewhouse assignment.

Sensory: This class was all about spices and teas. First we brewed teas from the spices & teas in the all-too-familiar Bulk Barn bags. I tried juniper (no taste as I didn’t crush the dried berries), ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and chipotle – the last ones were about as you expected. We also mixed spices into lager and wheat beer with mixed results. I liked the nutmeg wheat the best. The weirdest had to be Steve’s pizza beer. All it needed was a pepperoni stick garnish and a splash of tomato juice.

This is the last late afternoon sensory class, thank gods. While it will be weird to drink beer at 8:30 in the morning, I will enjoy being finished at 2:30 pm. I’m celebrating with some girlie services at the Niagara Waters Spa right after Intro!

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