This post is a bit late, now being week 5, but Sam and I switched roles in Kiuchi Brewery on week 4 last week. I used to be on Transfer Team, responsible for cleaning tanks and, well, transfering the beer between tanks. I dealt with a lot of dangerous cleaners and had to take apart parts of the tanks. Now, I’m part of Kegging team, where I clean the kegs using machines and good old elbow grease. We use what the brewery calls ‘Oxy’, an acid whose proper name I forget, and sterilize everything. I have to hook up pressurized lines to kegs to fill them. While the kegs are being filled, I pump carbon dioxide into the tanks to keep the pressure the same and ensure quick fillings. Once the kegs are filled, I transfer the lines to a new set of kegs, carry the kegs over to get the beer rinsed off and then the mouths sterilized again before they’re capped. Then the entire set-up gets put into a machine to get the lines washed between different beer types. It involves a lot of heavy lifting, with weights up to 31 kilograms per keg on the more hefty kegs. I can easily see why Sam was so exhausted in the prior weeks after work.
In other news, Sam and I went to Tokyo again and saw a Tokyo Giants game and also climbed the Sky Tree. We almost went onto the wrong bus home since I misunderstood the bus line employee but we made it home just in the nick of time.