Day 87 – Friday, Nov. 28

Fist period: Sensory Evaluation. Oh, how I love sensory; tasting ingredients and beer in a class is making me the envy of my friends and family. I think I’d love it a lot more if I could tell the difference between peppery and piney at 9:30 in the morning. If there were more than two classes left, I’d start doing experiments with my alarm clock to find out just how long I need to be awake for my taste buds to connect to my brain. Second period: Intro. Jon took us through some information on packaging followed by a presentation …

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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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