Day 318

My project beer is finished, bottled and in the retail store. There are still lots of bombers left, but the 20L keg sold out that weekend. Martin was saying that people were coming in on Saturday with recommendations from someone at 40 Creek Distilling to try the Katoberfest. Feeling a bit perplexed, as I don’t know anyone at 40 Creek, so it seems to be genuine. Insert Sally Field-esque they like it, they really like it. Since I had no big duties, I lent a hand to Martin and got 3 x 50L and 2 x 20L kegs bottled. I …

More…

Day 10

I didn’t have to go to Intro to Brewing as they were going over SmartServe certification, which I already have. Instead, I put some insoles in my rubber boots (my feet went aaahh) and went to the brewery to see if there was anything I could do there. Bottling. Bottling was what I could do there. From keg to bottles to box in several easy steps Grab a box of new bottles off the skid. Find out immediately that they are upside down and the tops are not sealed. First one was dodgy, but I didn’t drop any. Take ’em …

More…

Bottling day

I’m not sure what I expected when I opened up the pail that had been under for my counter for two weeks. I think I’d built up my errors in my head so much that I wouldn’t have been surprised to find a pail of green mold. Thankfully, there was no mold. What I found instead was a liquid the colour of dark honey that smelled of windfall apples that have fermented on the ground of the orchard, yeasty and sweet. It smelled so good. This, I thought, is not the smell of something that has gone bad. It made …

More…