So, its been awhile. First off, I apologize for not updating this profile in forever if you are even remotely interested in my work. I'm starting to experiment with wood burning, I have one essay that I wrote to upload, and if I feel like it, I might do some leisurely writings and put them up here. Photography, however, is in a nihilistic state, as my camera broke months ago and I don't feel inspired to purchase a new one.
Either way, I'm really excited right now. I finally know what I'm going to go to school for. I've been interested in brewing and fermenting wines and beers for awhile now, and I've given it some research, but I'm about 90% sure that I want to become a brew master as a career. My dream is to own a brewery/meadery by the time I'm 50, which I think is plausible if I can become a brew master at age 30, make $70,000 a year, and spend like I only make $30,000. Its so far off, but I want to start that journey now....
However, you have to be 21 to attend this institute in Chicago that I'm interested in attending. So, until then, I'm going to be working for my father, doing construction and remodeling, while I attend the local two year university and earn my associates. During that time, I can also experiment with home brew, try different beers, continue my mead making adventure (yes, I am currently making mead, and have a 5 gallon batch fermenting, and two 1 gallon batches. They should be drinkable around May, which I turn 18 in early June, so I'll be celebrating with a nice tankard full of hone wine XD), and tour the bigger breweries in Milwaukee, which my mother is currently lining up.
At university, I plan on taking some business classes, math, microbiology, chemistry, and especially German. I hear stories of my great-grandparents being able to speak fluent English and German, but that ability was lost with my grandparents...I plan on learning the language and spending a great deal of time in Europe. I took two years of Latin, but that was a waste. I at least feel some connection through blood with German, and besides that, I love how it sounds.
The brewing college I plan on attending is Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. There, I'll be taking a 6 week course in brewing that covers EVERYTHING, and then another in Munich where I actually study in Germany for another 6 weeks (kick ass!). After that, I should have some time off at home to earn some cash before I attend an 8 week period in Europe. 6 weeks will be working in a brewery in Munich and the other 2 weeks is touring all of Europe, looking at different suppliers, farms, and breweries. I'm so excited...
And that's my dream. Its scientific enough to interest me, require a college degree, and please my parents. Its true to my German AND Wisconsin heritage, which GREATLY pleases me. And besides that, it could involve me traveling all over the world as I visit conferences, buy ingredients, tour other breweries, etc. The hours are long, but the pay is good, and what little experience I have making my mead, and what little (shitty, I hear) beer that I've tasted (that I think tastes delicious), it sounds amazing. And, if I decide not to go that route, after my two year university, I can transfer to a 4 year and obtain my Bachelor's Degree and follow a different path.
So, until you see Mystical Meyer's Magical Mead in the wine section, or Meyer's Lager in your local bar, hopefully you can be satisfied as I attempt to make this account once again active. XD And sorry for the wall of text, I'm sure many of you don't care, but oh well, I'm excited for once. XD
Listening to: Wolfnacht, Pantera, Wolves in the Throne Room
Reading: Life Among the Germans, Utopia, The Prince
Watching: 30 Rock, Full Metal Jousting
Eating: Homemade Soups