Day 202

Microbiology Nate presented some interesting information about high gravity brewing, and confirmed something I’d long suspected, that big breweries only brew about 10 worts but make about 20 beers from them by varying the dilution factor. It puts quite a strain on the yeast, and there is a high degree of oxygenation and nutrient supplementation that has to occur. Chemistry The big topics are apparently over, and the next lectures will combine 2-3 small topics in one. Today’s small topics were: Lagers and sulfur. Because of the colder process, there tends to be more sulfur present in lagers (reason #1 why …

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Shit I did in the last two weeks while I was too crazy/busy/tired to post

I will be so happy when this semester is over, and I no longer have that unshakeable feeling of impending disaster because there are too many balls in the air and surely they will come crashing down any moment. OK, maybe a tad dramatic, but it has been a busy two weeks. They might have been less nutty if I hadn’t taken two weekends away for roller derby tournaments, but I had fun and can’t bring myself to regret them in the slightest. So here goes, my post about catching up. I know I don’t need to because as my …

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Day 181

Ugh. Who’s bright idea was it to schedule a make-up exam at 8:30 on a Monday?!? Oh. Wait. Nevermind. I know I did poorly on the Sensory exam. SO much information to memorize, and I just didn’t. And OF COURSE one of the big mark questions was on the beer style that I have the biggest memory block on. Stupid Bocks. (Bocks, you know I’m kidding. You’re delicious!). I had no idea there was going to be a tasting component to it. If I *had* known, I would not have sucked back cherry cough syrup and medicated throat lozenges a …

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Days 162-164

Day 162 My team was on the craft side today. After mashing in a batch of Campus Ale, we were distributed to various other jobs in the brewery. I spent the day looking at the keg washer and getting much better at not getting sprayed with stale beer when attaching the hoses.   Day 163 First up was All About Pasteurizers in Packaging. Rob talked about the differences between a flash system (beer is pasteurized and then packaged) and a tunnel system (beer is packaged then pasteurized). I’m thinking that this is something I won’t have to worry about ever in …

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Days 139-143

Busy. Stress filled. Sciency. Really sciency. So sciency that once I finished all the sciencing, I had to remind myself I had other courses. And that is how I remember last week. Yes, there was Equipment (pumps and head pressure calculations) and a trip to the MBAA conference, but all I can remember is microbiology and chemistry. Which is what happens when you leave a problem set, three lab question write ups and a lab book update for each of the two science classes until the next-to-last minute. Yeah. I was that person. The thought that goes through my head …

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