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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Day 20

Monday was the day of the first big test, all about hops in Ingredients class. If I said I was panicking a bit would be an understatement. I jammed in whatever studying I could during the weekend, whenever I wasn't working. Between work and studying, I had all of four hours all weekend to hang out with Keith. Not enough! I am re-thinking my 'take whatever work I can” ethic. Work is important so I don't dip into my RSP's too much, but I'd rather do that than have no time for relationships or school work. Back to the test. …

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A week of beer

I didn’t plan on attending three beer events in one week, really I didn’t. Or at least that’s what I keep telling my liver, who knows me better than to believe this. If it’s Friday, it must be the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies I met Caroline early in the evening, and we added a few stamps to our passport before heading to the Artspace on Shaw Street for the seventh SOBDL Bevvy. The beer: The trouble with waiting so long to write a post is forgetting what I drank. Unlike other events, I took no pictures to act as …

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It’s summer as far as I’m concerned.

Some people claim that summer starts on the Victoria Day long weekend. Me, I say that summer is here as soon as I can 1) get the motorcycle out on the road and 2) sit on a patio and drink a beer without wearing 87 layers of wool. (Note: these two things do NOT happen at the same time; I have a very strict personal rule about alcohol and two wheels.) The bike was uncovered and washed on April 10th, so that condition has been met. This week I was able to meet Caroline (HoppyBeerWitch on Twitter and Instagram) for …

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