Day 35

My course load this semester is an average of 21 hours of classes each week, most of it book-ended at either end of the week, on Mondays and Fridays. Although I tend not to post on days when I don’t have classes, do not believe that I am relaxing–I probably spend more time working outside of the classroom than inside.

There’s always homework, of course. But several of the courses, notably Brewing Ingredients and Intro to Brewing, also require “extended reading”, often articles and books by scholars who polish their reputation by using several Latinate words where one plain English word would do.

(Example from “Yeast” by Inge Russell of the Heriot-Watt University of Glascow, Scotland: “Saccharomyces sensu stricto is a species complex that includes most of the yeast strains relevant in the fermentation industry…” Plain English translation: “In the strictest sense, Saccharomyces is a family of closely related species that includes most of the yeast strains relevant in the fermentation industry…” )

Then there are the projects, tests and exams. If you believed that your high school teachers conspired to schedule their various projects and tests at the same time–well, they were amateurs. This Friday alone, we have three different class projects due and a mid-term exam to write.

On the other hand, I can imagine a busy day at the brewery where the water smells like brown algae, the lauter tun is leaking, the yeast isn’t working and the bank is calling about an overdue loan, right?

Maybe this schoolwork stuff isn’t so bad after all.

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2 Comments on “Day 35”

  1. Canageek Says:

    The standard rule I’ve been told is 3 hours of work outside the classroom for each one in it. I do find it varies per person though.

    On the Latin; Having stuff like that in there can actually be helpful, since now if you want you could go look up biochem papers on that species, and know what species it is.

    • Alan Brown Says:

      Good point, but, Sacchromyces sensu strictu is not a species. “Sensu strictu” is an arcane Latin phrase meaning “In the strictest sense”. By using it, the author is just showing off that he remembers his (British) public school Latin lessons.


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