No kids allowed: Beer-drinkers and beer-brewers fill up Boise Discovery Center
Beer: At the Boise Discovery Center, Wednesday, it's what was for dinner. And the Discovery Center staff knew exactly to whom they were catering. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Beer: At the Boise Discovery Center, Wednesday, it's what was for dinner. And the Discovery Center staff knew exactly to whom they were catering.
“[We're looking for] the adults in the community who are fired up about science," Discovery Center Education Director Woody Sobey said, "and at least a little bit geeky.”
“Uh, yeah," Jim Gasaway said. "[I'm a] beer-geek.”
Gasaway is a home-brewer.
“I’ve been brewing for about 12 years now and so I’ve probably brewed over 100 different batches," he said, "which is probably over 500 gallons of beer.”
At the Discovery Center's adult night, Gasaway let people sample one of his all-grain beers and described to them how he made it from milling the grain, converting starch to sugar, draining it out, putting it in a liquor pot and then adding hops and yeast.
“And yeast love sugar,” Gasaway said.
Gasaway talked fast. For those slower learners, the Discovery Center provided a more formal lecture. No matter what grade attendees received in high school chemistry and whatever their favorite part of the brewing process, once they filled up on learning they could go and fill up on something a little tastier. After that, adults played with sciencey toys that may or may not have been more fun - if not more educational - after a couple of pops.