Spring 2023 - BISC 373 D100

Brewing Science (3)

Class Number: 5984

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



This interdisciplinary course exposes students to the science and art of brewing, including the ingredients and process of brewing. Discussion of malting, barley and hop cultivation, and yeast fermentation, as it relates to the brewing process, as well as business, advertising, marketing of beer will be included. Students with credit for BISC 374 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have completed BISC 372 ST-Brewing Science may not take BISC 373 for further credit. Students may not count this course toward their Biological Science Honours, Majors, or Minor requirements. Breadth-Science.


Course Prerequisites: Students should have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of course-work from a post-secondary institution (university/college)

Course Details:

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of the science of brewing. As an introduction, the history of brewing and its impact on society and discovery of the brewing process will be discussed. This will be followed by a review of the brewing ingredients, the processes that are involved, and the various inputs required. The process of malting and fermentation will be discussed in detail. The by-products of the brewing process and their uses will be presented. Aspects of plant biology and cultivation, biochemistry, and yeast microbiology as it relates to the brewing process will be presented.

There will be several guest lectures on the selection of high-quality ingredients, packaging, marketing and management of products derived from the brewing process.

Outline of Topics:

Introduction and history of brewing

Global brewing industry – statistics


Brewing ingredients

The malting process

The fermentation process

Chemical conversions and measurements

Quality aspects of brewing

Packaging and marketing

Business planning

Alcohol, health and society


  • Group discussion 25%
  • Personal project 40%
  • Midterm, quizzes, final exam 35%



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