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 268

Brew day today! We made a total of 6 batches on the 4 pilot systems of a copper lager for a contract brewer. Alberto and I worked on Pilot #2, aka Beulah. It was a bigger boil than we had previously done in the pilots, 70L as opposed to 50L, and we were a bit worried about boil overs, as Beulah’s kettle can run a bit hot . Jon showed us a neat trick to put some hop pellets in while you’re waiting for the boil; the hops disperse and the oils stop much of the foaming. Much easier to …

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Canadian Brewing Award judging

I had an opportunity to help steward another beer judging session, this one for the Canadian Brewing Awards. I could only do one or two days of the four, as a prior roller derby commitment had me going to Montreal for a long weekend. I arrived at Steam Whistle a little early, and introduced myself to the organizers, and started sticking the glassware with pre-printed labels in preparation for pouring. The judges came in, and we started. I wasn’t able to pour this time, and instead put my former waitress skills to use by serving and then clearing. But alas, …

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