Entry level Brewing Quality Control

Essential Quality Control course

Achieve the highest levels of consistency and quality for your products by acquiring fundamental quality control knowledge with the Essential Quality Control course. New for 2024! Conducted at the facilities of White Labs in beautiful San Diego, California.


Offered jointly by the Siebel Institute of Technology and White Labs, the Essential Quality Control course presents a full range of topics related to producing beers of consistently high quality.

This course will cover the most important aspects of an in-house QC program including:

· raw materials assessment

· testing wort/beer in production

· sensory training and evaluation

· analytical and microbiological testing

· bacteria detection and identification

· sampling techniques

Lectures dealing in the sciences behind the practice are enhanced by practical hands-on lab exercises at White Labs. You will learn the procedures, tools and standards which have been designed and tested by such organizations as the Association of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and the European Brewing Congress (EBC).

About the White Labs facilities:

The Essential Quality Control course is conducted at White Labs in San Diego, CA, home to one of America’s most vibrant brewing scenes. The facility offers not only an excellent learning environment, but also houses its own brewery and restaurant featuring wood-fired pizzas and other beer-friendly foods. When students roam off campus, San Diego features world-class breweries nearby, an amazing culinary and beer scene, magnificent beaches and a vibrant downtown 15 miles from the facility. Students traveling to the area may want to take some extra time to enjoy all San Diego has to offer.

Suggested hotel: To be announced.

White Labs location information:

White Labs Brewing Company

9495 Candida Street

San Diego, CA, 92126

For information regarding the White Labs location and surrounding area, please go to info@whitelabs.com .

Questions regarding our courses and programs? School advisors are available to assist you in selecting the education that meets your individual needs. To speak with an advisor, email us at info@siebelinstitute.com .

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All students applying for a program, module or course must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. For this course, prior brewing knowledge is not required, but students will benefit from existing knowledge of brewing technologies and/ or related sciences.

What I'll learn

  • Topics include
    • Objectives of brewery QC/QA programs
    • Comprehensive brewery QC program overview
    • Introduction to brewery microbiology
    • Developing a brewery lab
    • Yeast and fermentation issues
    • Contamination issues and lab testing
    • Yeast maintenance
    • Process documentation and recordkeeping
    • Field product quality assurance
    • Taste panel objectives and operations
    • Sensory panel training
      This course features extensive hands-on activities in the teaching lab at White Labs including:
    • Sampling and analysis of beer and wort
    • Preparation of yeast cultures for propagation
    • Basic microscopy of yeast and bacteria
    • Yeast cell counting
    • and much more

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Payment Terms

To reserve a seat in any course, module or program, the required non-refundable Application Processing Fee (APF) must be paid within 5 (five) days after a student is accepted.

ONLINE: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 14-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

CAMPUS: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 60-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

“Late Tuition” will apply after these dates.

Time 5 days / 35 hours

Certificate of attendance

Tuition (regular) $2,010

APF (non-refundable) $250

Total Cost $2,260

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