Diploma in British Brewing Technology


Deposit: £900.00

9 Week Course
Includes FREE accommodation


9 Week Course

Our longest and most comprehensive course gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a professional brewer.

The course is divided into 6 modules:

– Industrial placement
– Introduction to business start up, finance and marketing theory
– Microbiology
– Practical brewing skills development
– Tasting
– Theory of brewing

To give you a confident grounding in the practical skills half the teaching time is devoted to laboratory and placement brewing sessions.

The taste training, which enables you to profile beers for character and identify faults, will help inform your decisions when developing recipes.

For many people one of the most interesting parts of the course is having the opportunity to develop new beer recipes in different styles and put them on sale in local pubs. As part of this you’ll also have the opportunity to create the marketing materials to accompany the beers you make.

“The Diploma is ideal for micro brewers like me. The course is very practical and helps improve my brewing, my understanding and my creativity.”

Eber Andriuolo, Diploma student

Although it would be beneficial to have some understanding of the brewing process, along with basic maths and chemistry, it is not essential.

Students who are successful in passing the course assessments will be awarded a Brewlab Diploma in British Brewing Technology. This provides you with the opportunity to take further exams such as the internationally recognised Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) certificate in General Brewing.

A huge number of our students from this course are now operating their own microbreweries – you can read about these in our case studies section.

There is a mid course break at the end of week 5.

Extended placements are available following the course, please enquire for details.

The course fee is £8750. A £900.00 deposit is required to secure a booking. The balance has to be paid two calendar months prior to the course start date. Price includes VAT. Accommodation is included in the course fee through the University of Sunderland.


The course content will allow you to:

  • Understand the theoretical processes involved in the production of worts for making British and international beers of traditional styles
  • Understand the fermentation of worts to produce a pre-defined beverage
  • Analyse beers and yeast for basic chemistry and microbiology using standard methods
  • Brew at least 7 times on the 100 litre kit
  • Participate in the larger commercial production of beer at a variety of stages from ingredient handling to sales and dispense
  • Investigate a specific aspect of beer character and present the results in the form of an experimental report
  • Create a variety of different recipes. The optimum selection of these can then be brewed and at least one finished beer will be put on sale in local pubs and bars
  • Develop skills and experience in the taste assessment of a wide variety of beer styles
  • Complete a beer food matching exercise
  • Understand Food Safety System planning and implementation (HACCP)
  • Experience the engineering practicalities of breweries and see how these limit the quantity and quality of beverage produced
  • Review Packaging techniques including bottle conditioning
  • Develop and use quality assurance schemes
  • Review the historical background of British Brewing and visit representative sites of brewing archives
  • Visit breweries, manufacturers, bottling plants and suppliers of ingredients to consider how brewery planning, construction and commissioning are achieved
  • Receive business start up planning, sales and marketing advice to assist setting up a craft brewery
  • Gain an appreciation of the financial investment and controls required to operate a craft brewery or brew pub
  • Present a basic business plan to your colleagues on the course
  • Have the opportunity to study for Institute of Brewers & Distillers (IBD) qualifications


At the end of the Diploma in British Brewing Technology course you will have covered:

  • Bottled beer
  • Brewing liquor and Water supply
  • Business Plan presentation development and advice
  • Cleaning and Hygiene
  • Customs and excise
  • Fermentation
  • Filtration
  • General business planning
  • Hops
  • Introduction to sales techniques
  • Introduction to selling skills
  • Laboratory brewing
  • Malt and Malting
  • Mashing and wort production
  • Maturation
  • Marketing for a start up business
  • Microscopy
  • Practical brewing
  • Premises suitability and equipment
  • Quality control
  • Racking, casking and fining
  • Recipe formulation
  • Safety overview
  • Wort boiling and chilling
  • Yeast

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