Introduction to Brewing – Brewing for beginners

Who should attend?

The introduction to Brewing course, is a three-day course which provides an introduction for beginners to the technical brewing and packaging of beer. The course covers the practical and technical introduction to the process and requirements of brewing on “Craft” or “small” scale.

No background knowledge of brewing is required for the course. We aim to provide you with a sound overview of the industry and an understanding of the disciplines needed to operate a commercial brewing venture. We offer opportunities to learn about the stages of brewing and discuss start-up issues including regulations and finance with working brewers and commercial specialists.

How will you benefit?

Typical candidates are all who either wish to brew beer themselves, not necessarily as a commercial venture, or are interested in starting a small commercial brewery.

This course will also be beneficial to all who are currently working is sales, marketing, finance and could benefit from brewing production knowledge.

Outline programme

  • Overview of the beer production process
  • Raw materials for wort production 1 – Malt
  • Raw materials for wort production 2 – Water
  • Raw materials for wort production 3 – Hops
  • Raw materials for wort production 4 – Yeast
  • Conversion of starch to sugar – Mashing
  • Wort boiling
  • Hygiene and Safety in the Brewery
  • Fermentation Practice
  • Beer Conditioning
  • Packaging of Beer
  • Beer Quality – Process control
  • Beer Quality – Flavour and Microbiological Contamination
  • Systematic Approach to Tasting Beer

During the course, you will be involved in the process of producing an example from a variety of beer styles, including: lager, stout, ale, among others…

Included in the course price are: The course material, the beer samples as a well as the ingredients used in the production of a beer.

Required prior learning for the course: a definite advantage to have already been involved in brewing, however, a theoretical knowledge of the principles of brewing would also be acceptable.

Guided Learning Hours: it is recommended that to fully benefit from the course, that the candidate should allocate at least 16 hours of self-study to fully benefit from the learning of this course.

Assessment: there is no examination for this course, but the course content will assist with knowledge (both practical and theoretical) to support you in your study for the IBD Foundation in Brewing and Packaging qualification.

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Show an awareness of the importance of each stage of the production process
  • Brew beer successfully on a small scale (Craft)
  • Perform quality control on the various stages of production
  • Know the importance of Health and Safety in a Brewery
  • Condition beer according to the brewery’s requirements

Progression Routes – upon completion of the Introduction to Brewing course, the candidate may progress to the following courses and qualifications:

Practical Craft Brewing course: The practical Craft Brewing course, is a five day course which provides a practical introduction to the process and requirements of commercial brewing on a “Craft” scale. It is suitable for both those who are considering brewing as a possible career change, a business opportunity, or for an amateur brewer, who would like to “step-up” to a larger scale brewing capacity and experiment with different recipes or improve their current brewing practices.

The IBD Foundation in Brewing and Packaging: The Foundation in Brewing and Packaging provides an introduction into technical brewing and packaging of beer. Learners will cover the whole process from beer’s raw materials to the packaged filtered product. The course has two variants: Chilled and Filtered Beer or Cask Beer.

Brewing Masterclasses: Our Brewing Masterclasses are for experienced Brewers to focus on improving on their knowledge on a specific aspect of the brewing process. Each Masterclass focuses on a different aspect of Brewing at a professional level.

Please note that our practical brewing courses are currently only available in the French and German languages, on request we can accommodate English speakers.

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