I always enjoyed science class and was generally pretty adept at many of the concepts, but still had no idea how in the world it was going to translate to my everyday life after high school and college. My aspirations at the time really had nothing to do with applied science. I had also always enjoyed building things and, sometimes more so, tearing things apart. Now I am entering into a world that I should have known about years ago because it meshes virtually all of the skills and subjects that I have enjoyed!
I'm not sure I can speak for the other guys in this little self-reflective discovery, but what I do know is that I am unbelievably excited about moving forward. All of these random interests are now concentrated into one specific endeavor. Much to my girlfriend's chagrin, I am excited enough about this on a daily basis to come home after a full day of work only to cook dinner and go right to work on some project for the brewery. Whether it is reading about craft beer trends, sourcing suppliers for our ingredients or building small electronics projects I have a hard time sitting around and not working! Last night I forgot to eat dinner for the first time (I had a snack, but that really doesn't count!) because I was researching appropriate rpm rates for yeast starters on a stir plate! Really? I eschewed pork loin for research on stir plate usage? I think I might have a sickness of some sort. While I don't think my experience is identical to those of the other guys, I think all of us are really, truly enjoying this process. Even though it has, at times, been extremely frustrating, it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience to this point, and many would say that we haven't even gotten to the fun part yet!
Stir Plate Assembly (yes, it's even on the kitchen counter!)
Completed Stir Plate in action