Tuesday we decided to venture to the English Gardens which is the largest park in Munich. Home to such attractions as "river surfing", and Chinese Pagodas, the most appealing part to me were the vast open fields next to the river in which the masses played. I can safely say this will, no doubt, be a weekend destination.
We dove straight into the practical work at Doemans this first week. Tuesday we spent all day in the microbiology lab identifying yeasts, beer spoilers, soft drink spoilers, and other microorganisms. Finally, we put a face with the name so to speak! We also learned some really cool evaluation methods for a given microorganism culture, i.e. catalase test, oxidase test and the gram positive/gram negative test. We used these methods on a series of cultures and were able to determine what kind of organism the culture was. Think biology 101 but all about beer related microorganisms. It just makes the content so much more enjoyable.
Wednesday was the start of our practical brewing experience. We are doing 500L batches on a near fully automatic brewing system. "Automatic" is a very loose term because you would be surprised how much there is to do during a nearly "automized" brew day. Guess which part isn't so automized (Think about doing the dishes).
Above is a picture of our 500L system with the 250kEuro brewing software and hardware donated by Siemens. The same software is used by 5 million hectoliter breweries, so the experience is incredible. We made a wheat beer and overall the day took a little longer than expected but everything turned out great. We are fermenting in traditional open fermenters, which gives an authentic feeling to brewing the Bavarian way.
This weekend hopefully I will find a bike so I can ride the roughly eight miles to school through the Munich countryside. The bike/car relationship, like many other relationships, puts the United States to shame. There are so many signs of advanced culture here that can't help but illuminate our young culture in the states. It is good that we have room to improve, I just hope that we realize that we are supposed to learn from our older cultures, as they learn to adapt to us.
Location:Senefelderstraße, Munich, Germany