Day 275

We looked at high gravity brewing and blending in Calculations class. There are some very real benefits to brewing a high gravity beer and blending/diluting; one “mother” beer can spawn more than one product downstream, and there are some definite financial benefits. But I can’t help feeling like it’s cheating in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.* Ray led us through some of the things to watch for should we ever be in a position to do HG brewing: weight of the extra grain needs to be under 240kg/m2, higher grain bed will affect the efficiency treatment of hops …

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Day 273

Brewhouse Calculations has been a bit of a struggle for me on a good day. It’s 1) important, 2) complex, and 3) fast, because it’s a compressed course. My poor brain is smoking from the effort most days. But today, well, my brain is a bit sluggish. A couple of nights of sleeping poorly takes its toll quickly. As I said to one of my classmates, not enough caffeine in the world to get me through today. Which is why I know I will have to re-read the 78 slides about losses and capacity before I can do any of …

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Day 269

Oof. Moving a little slow today. Volunteered at the CBA’s again last night, working at the former Maid of the Mist docks. Hornblower Cruises, who took over the company, had a tent set up where brewers drank and ate within sight of the American Falls. Pretty sweet location. I was lucky enough to get on the boat cruise at 9:30, where they get closer to the falls, and then turn so we can watch the fireworks from the river. Definitely a life-is-good moment. Things got a tad blurry after that as we followed the brewers off the boat and to …

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Day 262

I’m sitting here in the school library (which is blissfully quiet-ish in the summer), trying to do a practice exam for Brewhouse Calculations class. I am able to answer one question of out the fourteen without looking at my notes. This does not bode well for the midterm on Wednesday. Yes, a midterm only three weeks into the semester. We have two compressed courses in the first part of it, which means I have Calculations and Ethics for 6 hours a week each. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling in Calculations (like only answering 7% of the practice exam wasn’t a …

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