Day 203

It was a short Equipment class today; there’s no way CIP* could take up three whole hours. After last week’s recap, Ray was able to cover the remaining 50-odd slides in about an hour and a half, covering how CIP works (mechanically, chemically and sterilizing), the stages (Pre-rinse, detergent, final rinse, sanitize), how long it should take, what temperature is right for each brewhouse vessel, etc. We also got into a discussion about spray balls. Not the sexiest class every, but probably one of the most necessary.   *CIP = Clean In Place, where you clean the equipment where it …

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Days 168 to 175

Sick. So very, very sick. I woke up on Tuesday morning around 3 with that distinctive gargled-with-broken-glass feeling caused by strep throat. I headed to a walk-in clinic where it was confirmed, I bought a doctor’s note and went home to email Ray that I would be missing the Equipment exam. What followed is a week of just generally feeling like shit. I think I managed to sleep for 5 hours straight one night. I made it in to write the Packaging exam on Thursday, but had to bail on the Sensory. I rescheduled them with the test centre for Monday, but was …

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Day 147

I don’t know what to say about today’s equipment class. While pumps, steam and glycol are necessary, they aren’t very sexy or interesting. Which might explain why I have retained so little. Sigh.

Day 132

Today’s equipment class was all about pumps and flow. Laminar flow vs. turbulent flow.  Pressure, suction and discharge. Liquid head and head pressure. Cavitation. Seven different types of pumps that could be used in the brewery. I knew that we had all become professionals when Ray talked about tube head and choking back pressure, and not one of us so much as smirked. Or at least not where anyone could see it.

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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