Day 301

Aaaand we’re back. I can’t say that was the most fun break ever. I went on my annual writing retreat, which was awesome as ever, but I had thought I’d get to spend more time with my beloved than one day, so it was a bit disappointing to be solo for so much of it. We got our marks posted on the mondo Brewhouse Calculations assignment. I did better than I expected, but not as well as I could have if I’d planned my time better and not gone away for a 4-day derby weekend before it was due. I hope …

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Day 279

We were introduced to wine today. I thought for sure there would be a cartoon of someone being wittily or comically introduced to wine that I could put here, but Google says not. I did however go on a lovely 10-minute sidetrack to reacquaint myself with Gaping Void’s cartoons, starting with this one: Anyway, back to the wine. I am a total wine newbie. I used to drink wine until my mid-20’s, until I realized that the blinding headaches I experienced the morning after were not hangovers after all, but migraines triggered by wine. My intake of beer and tequila took …

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Day 265

Sadly, this was the last Monday morning Sensory class with Chef Olson. We’ll have a different instructor next week to take us through spirits and wine. I did not take any pictures of today’s food and beer; I was too hungry and frankly, I forgot. Chef talked about “stews and brews”, and we paired three beer (Fullers London Porter, Grand River Dog Stalker April Bock and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier) with three stews (chicken & dumplings, vegetable curry and beef carbonnade with prunes). The Fullers London Porter went the best with all three stews. It brought out the savoury notes in the chicken …

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Day 262

I’m sitting here in the school library (which is blissfully quiet-ish in the summer), trying to do a practice exam for Brewhouse Calculations class. I am able to answer one question of out the fourteen without looking at my notes. This does not bode well for the midterm on Wednesday. Yes, a midterm only three weeks into the semester. We have two compressed courses in the first part of it, which means I have Calculations and Ethics for 6 hours a week each. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling in Calculations (like only answering 7% of the practice exam wasn’t a …

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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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