Brewing in a Nutshell

2-day seminar for professionals about the basics of beer brewing. 12/13 December 2017, Berlin. Language: English

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Course outline
“Brewing in a Nutshell” is a 2-day residential course providing the basics of beer brewing. It covers the general principals of the brewing and malting processes, the raw materials and filling and packaging in theory. A professional beer tasting of several different beer types completes the program. The course language is English.

Who should attend?
The course is aimed at people who do not have specific brewing training, but who nevertheless have to deal professionally with the product beer. They can include employees from sales, marketing, administration, purchasing from breweries, maltings, the supply industry or from associations, who needs to have a general insight into the ”secrets“ of beer brewing.
We are careful to point out that this course is not addressed at home or pub brewers!

The Lecturers
Dr. Deniz Bilge (Brewing Engineer) began his training as a brewer and maltster in Bremen at Beck's. He graduated as an engineer in brewing technology and completed his PhD at the Technical University Berlin. Today, he is deputy head of the Research Institute for Beer and Beverage Production (FIBGP).

Dr.-Ing. Roland Pahl (Brewing Engineer) attended an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster at the Schultheiss Brewery in Berlin, Germany. He received a diploma engineer degree in brewing technology from the Technical University Berlin in 2002. After having headed the VLB’s Research Institute for Engineering and Packaging for seven years, Roland Pahl has been Head of the Research Institute for Beer and Beverage Production (FIBGP) since 2014.

Dipl.-Ing. Burghard Meyer (Brewing Engineer) finished his apprenticeship as brewer and maltster in the Bolten brewery in Korschenbroich, Germany. After he graduated as engineer for brewing and biotechnology at the Technical University Berlin, he started his job as research assistant at VLB. Today he is responsible for the international training courses of the VLB Berlin.

Attendance fee & accommodation
The fee for the 2-day residential course is 960 Euro plus German VAT (25 % discount for VLB members).
The fee includes all course materials, lunch and refreshments during the breaks on both days.
Accommodation is not included in the participation fee and has to be booked separately. Please contact us for support.

“Brewing in a Nutshell” will take place in Berlin, the capital of Germany.

Course topics 1st day

  • Raw materials for beer brewing
    The basic compunds: Barley, hops, water
    Malt production
    From grain to malt: steeping, germination, kilning
    Brewhouse work
  • From malt to beer wort:
    Milling of the malt (different types of milling)
    Mashing (different mashing procedures)
    Lautering (different types of lauter devices)
    Wort boiling (different cooking systems, energy recovery)
    Wort cooling/hot trub separation
  • Beer quality
    Product evaluation: Beer types / off flavours / quality control / tasting

Course topics 2nd day

  • Brewers’ best friend: The yeast
  • Fermentation (traditional fermentation vs. modern fermentation)
  • Filtration: Getting it bright and stable
    Kieselguhr filtration / membrane filtration / processes
  • Filling the beer
    Bottle filling (palettising, packer, bottle cleaning, inspection, filling, closing machine, labeling, other)
    Can filling
    Keg/cask filling
  • Energy supply
  • Cooling devices / compressed-air supply / CO2 recovery / steam supply
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