Day 29

I was glad that I had spent a bit of extra money on the more expensive steel-toed Wellies with gel insoles. Yes, it was our first full day in the Teaching Brewery, and a long day on our feet it was. My team was brewing on the big system, and spent the day taking a batch of Niagara College First Draft lager from mash-in to fermenting tank (and cleaning up afterwards, of course). For the brewers among you, the grain bill was mainly pilsner malt, with a bit of caramalt. Hops were Northern Brewer at the start of the boil, some Tettnang at 30 minutes and Hallertau at the end of the boil.

I made one almost-serious mistake when I used the wrong chemical while preparing the kettle. Luckily I immediately realized what I had done, and my team easily fixed it with a quick drain of the kettle and a rinse. Needless to say, I was not allowed to forget about it  for the rest of the day.

Again I was  struck by how there is always something to do in a brewery. While our sweet wort was transferring from the mash tun to the boil kettle, we grabbed some rags and sanitizer and cleaned the exteriors of all the stainless steel vessels in the brewery, even climbing up a ladder to clean the dust off the top of the fermenters. Then while the wort was boiling, two of us cleaned and stacked kegs.

All in all, a good time. It’s too bad our next day in the brewery won’t be for another 3 weeks.




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One Comment on “Day 29”

  1. Canageek Says:

    Next time (If ever) you upgrade your boots look at composite toes: Cost quite a bit more, but just as strong and the weight is 1/10th of steel. I have a friend who wears them at AECL and you can barley tell they have reinforced toes by weight.

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