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May 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Brewing and Brewing Science Short Course, July 13-18

 Beerology graphic, Ohio University Brewing Science Short Course, July 13-19, 2017

Ohio University is offering a brewing short course July 13-18, 2017, which coincides with the start of Ohio Brew Week.

This non-credit course provides amateur beer enthusiasts with a working knowledge of the brewing process and brewing science fundamentals. The course includes morning lectures, afternoon brewing demonstrations and practical experiences, followed by late afternoon and early evening brewing and tasting tours.


Confirmed breweries to date include: Jackie O’s (uptown brewpub and Eastside production brewery) and Little Fish Brewing Co.

The Professor: Dr. Michael Held is an associate professor in the Ohio University Chemistry & Biochemistry Department. He has authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his current research deals with cell wall assembly and architecture in a variety of plant models, including barley and wheat grain endosperm. He has 20-plus years of home brewing experience and is the founder and instructor of “CHEM4501: Principles of Brewing Science,” the very popular tier III brewing course at Ohio University since 2013.

Experience? No prior brewing experience is required, but participants must be over 21. College-level courses in biology and/or chemistry will help. Hotel rooms will be made available at the Ohio University Inn.

Cost: The cost of the short course is $1,620 if registered by June 15, and $1,800 after June 15. Costs cover instruction and beer tastings/tours at each of the local breweries. Final payments are due by July 10.

Registration Deadline: The registration deadline is June 16. Seating is limited.

Contact Us: Contact if you would like to sign up or to learn more.

Brewing and Brewing Science Tentative Schedule

Thursday, July 13

Afternoon Session
  • Check-in
  • Safety Training
  • Tour Little Fish Brewing Co. and flights

Friday, July 14

Morning Session
  • Beer Brewing: An Overview
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Ingredients 1: Malts and adjuncts
Afternoon Session
  • Lab 1: Advanced Home Brewing
  • Tour Jackie O’s Uptown Brew Pub and flights

Saturday, July 15

Morning Session
  • Malting & Mashing
  • Ingredients 2: Water
Afternoon Session
  • Lab 2: Mashing Techniques
  • Tour Jackie O’s Eastside Production Brewery with flights

Sunday, July 16

Morning Session
  • Wort Production
  • Ingredients 3: Hops
Afternoon Session
  • Lab 3: Boiling
  • Sensory Analysis

Monday, July 17

Morning Session
  • Fermentation
  • Ingredients 4: Yeast and other microbes
Afternoon Session
  • Lab 4: Fermentation and packaging
  • Lab 5: Recipe Design

Tuesday, July 19

Morning Session
  • Fining/clarification, Aging, and Carbonation
  • Brewery Quality Control

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