WT1: WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology (online)

Certificate studies

This offer is also available on campus. Click here for details.

Course Objectives

The Web-based WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issues affecting the industry. Within the span of this course, students will gain a level of industry knowledge that will benefit them in any area of responsibility in the brewery, covering every topic critical to successful brewery operations, no matter of what size.

Course Description

Extensive use of electronic media and instructor-mediated discussion allows students to understand the most advanced topics, no matter their level of previous technical experience. The Web-based WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology covers a similar range of topics to those presented in our advanced-level programs but at a depth that allows those with only moderate understanding of brewing science and technology to participate in the course. This is an ideal course for those considering entry into the brewing industry, as well as those pursuing wider knowledge of the business in order to improve their skills and advance in their brewing careers, and also offers the best way to pre-pare for our advanced-level programs should you decide to take them at a later date.

Throughout the duration of this course, students are supervised by the instructional staff of the World Brewing Academy, and actively monitored throughout the program. Students can also access instructors via email and chat sessions throughout the duration of the module. The average time spent studying is normally 7-10 hours per week but depends on the individual as well.

Topics include:

  • Brewing Process Overview
  • Brewing Water Basics and Adjustments
  • Basic Brewing Biochemistry
  • Hops
  • Composition of Grain
  • Barley Cultivation, Harvesting and Malting
  • Specialty Malts and Adjuncts
  • Milling and Mashing
  • Wort Separation (Lautering and Mash Filtration)
  • Wort Boiling, Clarification, Cooling and Aeration
  • Brewing Calculations and Mixing Formula
  • Nature of Yeast
  • Yeast Growth and Fermentation
  • Yeast Management
  • Fermenting Operations
  • Maturation and Storage Principles
  • Filtration and Centrifugation
  • Beer Stability
  • Microbiological Control
  • Introduction to Sensory
  • Beer Styles
  • Brewery CIP/Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Keg Cleaning and Filling
  • Kegging and Dispense
  • Packaging
  • Valves
  • Pumps
  • Brewery Hazards

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Key facts

3 months
Clock Hours

Admission requirements

All students applying for an online program, module or course must be of legal drinking age.

Prior knowledge of brewing process basics through either homebrewing (1 year) or having previously earned a Certificate of Attendance for the Web-based WBA Executive Overview of the Brewing Process course is required. (Student performance for the latter is subject to review.)



Upon successfully passing this course, students will receive the Concise Course in Brewing Technology certificate.