Day 332

Brew day today; 7 of us showed up. I know it’s summer and all, but I don’t get why one would bail on what is hands-down the most useful course we are taking at this point. Aaron put together a recipe for a wheat rye beer, and we ran it on three of the pilot systems. I brewed solo on a pilot for the first time which was great until I had to take a bio break. I had to bail at 1, as I had a meeting with Gary Torraville, the associate dean of the CWFI umbrella that the …

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Day 318

My project beer is finished, bottled and in the retail store. There are still lots of bombers left, but the 20L keg sold out that weekend. Martin was saying that people were coming in on Saturday with recommendations from someone at 40 Creek Distilling to try the Katoberfest. Feeling a bit perplexed, as I don’t know anyone at 40 Creek, so it seems to be genuine. Insert Sally Field-esque they like it, they really like it. Since I had no big duties, I lent a hand to Martin and got 3 x 50L and 2 x 20L kegs bottled. I …

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Day 311

Today was as awesome as yesterday was frustrating. I took my finished project beer, re-carbonated it, and bottled it. I MADE BEER!! And it is GOOD*! I asked Jon at one point, if this feeling ever goes away, the feeling of accomplishment and deep satisfaction in creating a recipe and have it come out the other side exactly what you wanted. He laughed and said no. And this is how I am reminded that I am in the right place. Curriculum, teaching, assignments, etc…whatever. It all comes down to this moment, the creation of something delicious that will make people …

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Day 304

“I made beer!” I said excitedly to just about anyone who would listen, and to many who didn’t. I know it sounded goofy, saying this to a bunch of students and teachers of brewing, but I couldn’t help it. I had made a beer to style, from creating the recipe for an Oktoberfest to carbonation. Unlike everything I had done in the past, whether teaching/IT/webdesign/whatever, this was something I could point to, something physical, something that people wanted and would make them happy. Something I MADE FROM SCRATCH. It made me giddy. Whenever I feel those moments of self-doubt, I need …

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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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