You get the sense that Mike Bouni isn’t a half-measures guy at all. He speaks slowly enough and clearly enough to be understood, but when he’s talking about beer or science he has a bit of a frenetic aura, as if he were trying to radiate his enthusiasm to the rest of the room. I met Mike on a recent trip to his home to get a hands-on demonstration of how his newest piece of homebrew equipment worked, and to write an expository review of The Grainfather, a next-level piece of homebrew equipment. My daughter, Allison, came along as photographer and navigator, as one of my hobbies is getting lost out in the country. She gets credit for the photos as well as for the fact that I was half-an-hour early.
Mike is a science professor when he isn’t brewing and, although he is clear that he isn’t an accomplished homebrewer, he isn’t shy about demonstrating that he has his shit together in the science department. He took both my daughter and me through the science behind the brewing using the socratic method to keep her engaged and enthused throughout the talk, most of which, as it turned out, happened to be about yeast.
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