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beer and cars [Nov. 25th, 2006|11:59 pm]
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What an awesome couple of days. Today my family, mrr, Elena, and I went on a tour of the Widmer brewery, which was a lot of fun. I kept track of what was going on during the first part of the process, but once we got past mashing, separation and boiling I kind of got confused about the difference between fermentation and conditioning; maybe the four beer samples they gave us were starting to affect me. Our tour guide was apologetic that the bottling and packaging line wasn't actually running when we walked through, but I thought it was kind of awesome just to look at it. It's funny how even though it's all computerized, there are still a whole bunch of big old buttons and mechanical levers and switches next to everything, like, "When the computer breaks, you better know how to use this." All of the equipment on the line was of German manufacture, and Mike pointed out that the same was true in the automotive industry. They're good at automation, those Germans. At least, when it comes to beer and cars.

We've been doing lots of other cool stuff -- Saturday Market, the Bagdad...you know, the whole Portland Experience -- but, ack, it's almost midnight!


[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-26 11:06 am (UTC)
Drinking beer is easier than making it.

I think I am almost caught up for this month.

Do I get a prize for completing the challenge?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 06:42 am (UTC)
You get the glory of knowing you succeeded!

(Look, dude, nobody's making you do this.)
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-27 07:51 pm (UTC)
::: blinks my eyes, trying to signal you about the very bad men who are *persuading* me to respond to every livejournal entry you make this month :::
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[User Picture]From: stingmeyer
2006-11-26 06:16 pm (UTC)
Today my family, mrr, Elena, and I went on a tour of the Widmer brewery, which was a lot of fun.

Cool! Back when I was a poor graduate student (I know, that's redundant) I brewed beer. Mostly 5 gallon all-grain batches in my apartment, but I helped out occasionally at a local seven-barrel brewpub. Good times. What I remember of them, anyway.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 06:40 am (UTC)
Portland is full of brewpubs, and a few friends of mine brew their own. I don't think I like beer enough to try doing it myself, though (or maybe I like beer too much not to leave it in the hands of the experts).
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2006-11-27 12:32 am (UTC)
A degree in microbiology means that, at the very least, I can work in a brewery (beer or sake) and eat yeast for food.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 04:30 am (UTC)
There's also a lot of barley, wheat, hops, and edible lactose lying around! It might not taste that great, but you can get drunk enough not to notice!
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