Essential Quality Control course - Siebel Institute of Technology

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. Conducted in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina at the facilities of White Labs.


Offered jointly by the Siebel Institute of Technology and White Labs, the Essential Quality Control course presents a full range of topics related to quality control (QC) that will give you the knowledge required to produce beers of consistently high quality.

This course will cover the most important aspects of an in-house QC program, including sensory evaluation, advanced sensory analysis techniques, analytical testing, microbiological testing, bacteria detection, and sampling techniques. The emphasis in this course is practical hands-on learning enhanced by lectures dealing in the sciences behind the practice. You will learn the tools and procedures used worldwide to evaluate beer at every critical phase of production, employing standards designed and tested by organizations such 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 Asheville, North Carolina, one of America’s brewing capital cities. The White Labs facility offers not only an excellent learning environment, but it also houses its own brewery and restaurant featuring wood-fired pizza and other beer-friendly foods. When students range off campus, Asheville features an eclectic downtown of 30-plus art galleries, a burgeoning culinary and beer community, a thriving live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.


Suggested hotel:

The Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville
15 Page Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801

Direct link to hotel with White Labs discount code

While the White Labs complex is within walking distance to many hotels, our recommended choice is located just a 20-minute walk from our facility. The Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville is the featured hotel for guests of the Siebel Institute’s Essential Quality Control course. The Cambria is in the heart of downtown, just steps from dozens of the city’s trendiest restaurants, breweries, shops, and galleries.


White Labs location information:


White Labs Brewing Company

172 S Charlotte St, Asheville, NC


Driving information:

From Asheville airport into Asheville - 20 min drive/Uber.

Greenville- ~1-hour drive

Atlanta- 4-hour drive

Charlotte- 2-hour drive


For information regarding the White Labs location and surrounding area, contact Kate Lichliter at at White Labs.


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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 4 days / 28 hours

Certificate of attendance

Tuition (regular) $1,560

APF (non-refundable) $250

Total Cost $1,810

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