Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the 5th millennium B.C. It is likely that beer-like beverages were independently developed throughout the world soon after humans had domesticated cereal grains such as wheat, barley and oats, which may then have undergone fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air.
This course provides an overview of the ingredients and processes that are utilized during the production of beer. Starting with the history of beer production in ancient times, the course will cover the discovery of yeasts and their roles in the brewing process; the agricultural developments leading to the use of barley, hops and other plant-based ingredients for brewing; and the step-wise processes during brewing that result in alcohol production from sugar break-down and fermentation. We'll also discuss the various types of beer and describe the brewing process from the initiation of malting to the collection and storage of the end product.
Note: Students must be at least 19 years of age to participate in this course and/or the Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program.