Master Brewer, Dept. of Food Science, University of Copenhagen
Craft brewer course - learn how microbrewers brew beer
Since the beginning of the century, there has been a bloom in the number and quality of micro brewed craft beer. The microbreweries have introduced many different beer styles and even invented new styles. On this course we will have a look into the basic science and technology of brewing on a small scale. The course is intended for those, who are dreaming of becoming a craft brewer, starting their own microbrewery or maybe just want to get some more knowledge about brewing beer.
Many craft breweries have been started by home brewers, who wanted to brew beers, which previously have been unknown to many consumers. The craft brewers have made a true revolution with their entrepreneurial way of inventing more interesting and flavourful beers. It is important to understand the science and technology behind the processes of beer brewing in order to fully appreciate and explore the possibilities and diversities in the world of beers.
This course contains theoretical as well as practical aspects of brewing: lectures, practical and theoretical exercises, beer tasting, visit to a craft brewery and practical brewing in the pilot plant facility at the University.
You can read an article about the course here - please note that the article is in Danish.
Overall I have learned a lot. High quality teachers and subjects
Course director and guest speakers - Master Brewers
Key benefits – become a brewer
After the course you will be able to:
- Select appropriate raw materials in beer brewing
- Apply the basic science and technology in the brewing process
- Differentiate between different beer styles
- Create a recipe for a beer
Apply the knowledge obtained in practice by making a brew on a small-scale brewing plant
Course content – the complete process of brewing
We go through the complete process from the raw materials barley, malt, hops, water and yeast into the finished beer – filtered or unfiltered. You will develop your own recipe and make a brew on the pilot brewing plant at the University. Subjects like the process of brewing, fermentation, maturation, dry hopping as well as beer styles tasting and sensory evaluation will be covered by specialists, who know the craft brewer profession. We will visit a craft brewery to support the theory.
The teaching is conducted in English.
Participant profile – microbrewers and homebrewers
The course is developed for craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts, who are passionate about beer and brewing and want to develop their skills. The participants are recommended to have at least 2 months of practical brewing experience in a micro or craft brewery prior to the course.
The course forms the first part of the education to become Diploma Craft Brewer granted by the Scandinavian School of Brewing. The second part will take place in January 2024. In between the two parts the participants will make a project at a microbrewery and write a report, that has to be approved by the Scandinavian School of Brewing. The second part concludes with a presentation and an examination. Please note that the price is only for the first part and that it is possible to sign-up for only the first part.
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Campus
Copenhagen Summer University
+45 3533 3423
Time and Date
21-25 August 2023
Really good balance between depth, scope and time available (translation from Danish/CSU)
”Very clear instruction and a really good teacher. Clearly has expert knowledge”