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 267

Another midterm today, this one in Brewhouse Calculations. I was as stressed out about this as I was DILLIGAF-ed about the Ethics. Because this one is important. I feel that I have learned in the last few weeks with Ray what I wanted to learn in the course – how to understand how the ingredients all worked together: water (quantity and chemistry), malt, hops, and yeast. And how to use that knowledge to make a beer recipe from scratch that doesn’t suck. And there are a lot of interconnecting formulas that took my mind a long time to wrap around. …

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Day 266

Ethics is the only class I have on Tuesday. Thankfully this course will be over in about four weeks. The textbook is riddled with errors (apparently Canada operates under a laissez-faire capitalist system with no government intervention), and the copy editing makes me cringe every time I have to read my $54 ebook that isn’t really an ebook, but a series of locked down webpages that aren’t especially searchable or user-friendly. It’s all so ridiculous, I can’t even. On this particular Tuesday, we had our mid-term test.  T/F, multiple choice and 6 short answer questions, all of which took me about 20 …

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