Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 5

A draught case study test. AND off-flavours. Not my night. I did not do well on the draught case study; I was so focused on finishing the chemistry course for my Niagara College application that I forgot about it until Tuesday afternoon. It really is too late to try and cram at that point. Sigh. I’m so glad that I’m almost done trying to learn a year-long course in two months. It will be nice to get my life back. And what can be said about the off-flavours? It’s not like anyone ever says they enjoyed making their taste buds …

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Cooking class

As well as the regular classroom sessions, the Prud’homme Beer Specialist level includes a cooking with beer class, held last night at Aphrodite Cooks. I met one of my classmates, Jen of Ltd. Supply, at her house before heading to the kitchen. She opened several of their homebrews for me to try: Mint Condition, a chocolate stout with an oh-so-subtle mint flavour imparted from fresh mint added during fermentation Have Your Carrot Cake and Drink It Too, made with carrots and spices. It tasted fantastic, but alas had no carbonation. Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, a dark beer made with …

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US vacation, the beer version

My beloved and I had planned our 10th anniversary vacation back in April, before I was let go from my job of 12 years, before my life was turned upside down. I had thought a few times about cancelling it due to my change in finances, but am glad that Keith convinced me otherwise. We had not gone anywhere together for almost a year when finally got on the plane in December, and it was time to reconnect. Actually, getting on the plane was a bit touch and go – we left on the day of the ice storm. After …

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Prud’homme Beer Enthusiast, session 3

After we got the quiz out of the way (9 out of 10 on this one,TYVM), we did a quick tour of Great Lakes Brewery. This was my fourth tour of a working brewery, and took some photos and notes to compare to those taken at my other tours. They had just brought in their new copper vessel, and were roughing in the placement of the dials and lines with cardboard cutouts. I wish I could have shown this picture to some of my past students – do mock-ups and rough things in first, it will save time and headache …

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