Brewing in Practice – up to 50 Litres

Who should attend?

The “Brewing in Practice – up to 50 Litres” course is a three-day course that provides a practical approach to beer brewing and packaging techniques. The course covers all aspects of small scale brewing (up to 50 Litres brew).

For the course you should have already brewed and be experimenting with the recipes. Our aim is to give you an understanding of the brewing steps so that you have more control over your brewing. During this course we will help you with basic calculations to make your own recipes.

How will you benefit?

The typical candidate will be anyone who brews their own beer but for their own consumption, without marketing it. 

This course will also be useful for anyone currently working in sales, marketing, finance and who could benefit from knowledge of brewing production.

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: The assessment is formative to confirm that the learning outcomes have been achieved, 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
  • this course covers the practical elements leading to the IBD’s Foundation in Brewing qualification (available in the English language)

Progression Routes – upon completion of the Brewing in Practice (up to 50 Litres) course, the candidate may progress to the following courses and also to the Institute of Brewing and Distilling qualifications:

Practical Craft Brewing course (100 litres to 15HL): The Craft Beer in Practice course is a five-day course that provides a practical introduction to the process and requirements of commercial brewing on a “craft” scale (between 100 Litres and 15 HL). It is suitable for both those considering brewing as a possible career change and a business opportunity

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.

To register for a course in brewing, please follow this link…

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