Day 272

No more food in Sensory, alas. We’ve switched to the second portion that’s all about spirits and wine. Our first communication from the prof, Kristina, was an admonition to eat a good breakfast. I thought I did, but my coffee, oatmeal and bacon sandwich proved to be no match for this:   It’s not like we were doing shots though; the usual sensory steps apply (look, smell, sip) with the addition of one more: spit. And believe me when I say that there does not appear to be a way to do it nicely.  Kristina led us through some of …

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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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Semester 1 Wrap Up

I suppose that I should finish writing about the old, first semester before talking about the new shiny second semester. General Education Courses: Communications I could have done better in this, but technical issues during my final assignment made me crazy. 90 is still pretty respectable though. The textbook was only referenced once or twice, and even then it was not critical information. Happy I was able to sell it back to the bookstore. Computer Applications No, I didn’t ace this, but came close. The way the software is set up, you have to use a specific method to complete …

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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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Day 66 – Friday, Nov 7

Intro: Paddy was back for the second part of his presentation on food-grade stainless vessels, with a focus on pumps and valves. I can now tell the difference between a butterfly and a ball valve and know what a calandria is. I took many notes in both parts of the presentation in preparation for the design-a-brewhouse assignment. Sensory: This class was all about spices and teas. First we brewed teas from the spices & teas in the all-too-familiar Bulk Barn bags. I tried juniper (no taste as I didn’t crush the dried berries), ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and chipotle – the …

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