Day 184

We looked at decoration in Packaging class, ie labeling. there’s a lot of information has to be put on a small space, from product & manufacturer information to health, regulatory and/or religious info. All aspects of labelling were covered: paper & glue composition (must adhere, but still be able to be removed easily especially on reusable bottles), printing and dye-cutting (finally, an aspect of brewing I know something about!) and the machines used to apply them. I will admit to zoning out a bit during the machinery discussion, as I was very busy sketching out an idea for a label …

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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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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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Day 135

Alas, I was bedridden yesterday, so there was no Day 134. Well technically, there was still a day 134, but I wasn’t in the teaching brewery as I was home in bed. I’d prefer not to say what was wrong with me; we’ll just agree it wasn’t pleasant and leave it at that. So on to day 135. Packaging was all about filling lines and filling line planning today and understanding what a V-graph is. I am still trying to wrap my head around it; the left side kind of seems like it would be like this: I’m thinking though …

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Day 128 and Beer Club

Two classes on Thursday; packaging and sensory. The first packaging class was all about the history of liquid containers, then looking at the pros and cons of glass and aluminum bottles, cans, kegs, casks and PET. Lots of information, 98 PowerPoint slides worth. We didn’t get through it all, as Rob shared a lot of anecdotal information that he has gained from experience over the years. I feel that the most important slide was #7, that this is one that knowingly or unconsciously I’ll be coming back to the most:   Sensory class was next, with a new professor. Victor is …

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