Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 2

Tuesday night is becoming my favourite night of the week. That’s when I have beer school. Tonight’s class covered the last ingredient, water, and the effect that different levels of hardness and minerals can have. Now I understand why Dad’s home brew never tasted as good as he’d hoped it would. Our well water was extremely hard, giving the beer an unpleasant metallic taste. Fermentation was the next, my favourite part of the process, where the magic happens. I like that the creation of alcohol was seen as “God’s work” before science revealed what yeast was. I would love to …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist

Some people look forward to Christmas or New Year’s. I was looking forward to January 7th – that’s when the second level of the Prud’homme Beer Certification started! This session is held at Steam Whistle brewery for the next 8 weeks, with one session being held at a cooking school. It’s a great location, but remind me next time not to drive and park downtown when there’s a Raptors game on down the street. Parking turned out to be $22. I could have used it to buy something lovely, like more of Mill Street’s Vanilla Porter that I seem to …

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Prud’homme Beer Enthusiast, session 2

We started this class with a quiz. I had read over the workbook and my notes briefly, and decided I was good. I wasn’t. Good thing this one didn’t count. We spent the first part of the class getting an overview of the history of beer. I found out that the Sumerians had a goddess of brewing, Ninkasi, and learned a bit about the role that monks and religious orders played in brewing. I am intrigued by this intersection of beer and religion, and have requested a couple of books from the library. Roger also talked about beer culture and …

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