Brewing Mentors for Daley College New Brewers

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Jim Vondracek
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Brewing Mentors for Daley College New Brewers

As of now, six students from the Daley College/CHAOS class are interested in becoming members and starting to brew.  We need CHAOS members who are willing to become brewing mentors for these new brewers - supervising their brew day, but more than that, helping them all the way from selecting what style they want to brew through bottling.  

Americo O and Patty M have already talked with two of the new members/brewers, so we need four more volunteers, please.  This is like agreeing to supervise a new member, but more intentionally mentoring  This is for their first brew, at least - some may only do one batch if they decide to be trial members and don't go further than that.  Others may become apprentice or full members and need three supervised brews.  You don't have to do all three supervisions - but you can.  

If you are able and want to do this, please let me know. 

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Hey Jim, put my name on the

Hey Jim, put my name on the list. Is doing this brew a part of the curriculum or is it a separate thing altogether?

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Jim, I'm more than happy to

Jim, I'm more than happy to mentor someone.

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Hey Jim,

Hey Jim,

if need be, I can volunteer for another student or supervise a 2nd or 3rd brew to get them to CHAOS member level.

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Thanks, James, Jeff and

Thanks, James, Jeff and Americo.  James, this is certainly related to the curriculum but isn't required for the class, I guess, or maybe a follow-up to the class is a good way to think about it.  

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I’m definitely willing to

I’m definitely willing to help out and mentor someone. I know I haven’t been a member long but I’ve been Brewing a while 

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I’d be happy to mentor. Just

I’d be happy to mentor. Just let me know what I need to do. 

Jim Vondracek
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This morning, I sent out

This morning, I sent out emails connecting CHAOS brewers with the Daley College students.  James, I didn't connect you with one of these students but I am certain that you will have the opportunity to supervise/mentor them and appreciate your willingness to do so - you are the first person off the bench, ok?

Americo, Patty, Jeff, Eric and Nick - the students will need help at every step of the way, from choosing what style they want to brew, formulating a recipe, instructing on brew day, managing fermentation, all the way through bottling.  Do not assume anything.  

Help them choose a style that they are likely to be successful at - help make their first brew a successful one.  Make sure they know to bring a fermenter with them and help them figure out where to get one if they don't have it already.  Tell them about buying or collecting bottles.  Make things simple - don't suggest doing a triple decoction or get into minutia.  Don't overwhelm them.

Be welcoming, friendly, introduce them to the club and to brewing.  Be mindful that they are not insiders to the club.  

If you haven't already talked with Matt Omura about what you need to do when supervising new brewers, do it today.  Seriously, do it right away.  

If you didn't get an email from me, let me know.  If you did, respond back to the new brewers, take the initiative, don't wait for them to respond.  Please copy me on your emails.  

 

 

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That's ok, Jim.

That's ok, Jim.

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brewing NEIPA. THe hop flavor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of yeast bio-metabolism most of the flavors will go over a typical drinker's head. There's also a NEIPA's nihilistic malts which are deftly woven into the flavor profile - the philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depth of these flavors, to realise that they're not just amazing, but say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike NEIPAs truly ARE idiots - of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the flavor that comes from RIck's existential catchprase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub," which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev's Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of these addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Alchemist Brewing's genius recipe unfolds itself on their Beersmith screens. What fools...how I bity them.

And yes, by the way, I DO have a NEIPA tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (but preferably lower) beforehand. Nothing Personnel, Jim.

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"don't get into the minutia.

"don't get into the minutia. Don't overwhelm them." Wonder why James is "on the bench". Nothing "personnel" James. :-P

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1. James, your post makes my

1. James, your post makes my head hurt, but that's because I only went to public schools and didn't have the benefit of a U of C education like yours and I don't read so good.  

2. Seven mentors, six mentees (so far)

3.  Many will need a second and third supervision - plenty of opportunity.  

4. You're next up.  Everyone knows the sixth man off the bench is the most important.  

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Late to the party... I'll be

Late to the party... I'll be the 7th man on the bench.

Edit: Everyone supervising, please make sure to follow our guide to supervising new brewers. Thank you!