Days 126 and 127

Tuesdays are going to be difficult, in that it might be difficult to motivate myself to head the half hour to school and the half hour back for one class. Especially a class that ends at 6:30. I’m telling myself I’ll head in to St. Catharines early and go to the gym. Yeah, right. I’ll let you know how that works out. Might be helpful if I go out and buy running shoes soon. Yesterday was the first Equipment class, and we started with electricity (AC and DC), generators and induction motors. I kinda sorta almost knew it before; now I’m …

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Day 42

Brewery day! I <3 Tuesdays! It was our turn on the pilot systems, where we made a historical Czech beer called Pivo Grodziskie. It was made entirely with smoked wheat; I am intrigued by what this is going to taste like. As well as brewing, we were putting the finishing touches on our midterm for this class where we were asked to create a Standard Operating Procedures manual for the pilot system in under 500 words. My editing skills got a real workout – my initial draft was about 1200 words. I gave up at 507 words (a copy is here if …

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Days 13 and 14

I’m starting to fall behind already. My blogging priorities fall somewhere after classes, assignments and work but before online PowerPoint tutorials. I’ve decided that I’m only going to write in detail about the beer classes; not even I care that much about the math or communications classes at the moment. Monday morning means Ingredients at 8:30. In the morning. I am starting to loathe my alarm even though I really only hear it 3 mornings a week. Back to Ingredients. More PowerPoint slides, more information about hops, focussing on growing, cultivating and breeding hops, and on hop products like pellets and …

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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 …

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