Diploma in British Brewing Technology


Deposit: £900.00

9-Week Course
Includes FREE accommodation


9-Week Course

Our nine-week Diploma in British Brewing Technology is our longest and most comprehensive course, providing all the knowledge and skills you need to become a professional brewer. It is ideal for anyone seeking to gain employment in the industry and for those looking to set up or establish a commercial microbrewery. The course has an unrivalled practical focus and is suitable for those with no prior brewing experience as well as those looking to develop home brew skills.

Along with gaining the accredited Brewlab Diploma in British Brewing Technology, you will also acquire many elements of the knowledge required to undertake the internationally recognised IBD General Certificate Examination.

A huge number of our graduates are now operating their own microbreweries and you can read about them in our case studies section.

The course features the opportunity to design and brew your own recipes from scratch on our specialised small-scale development kits. This enables you to put learning into action and provides a fundamental understanding of topics such as liquor calculations and recipe formulation.

Brewlab has its own on-site 500 litre commercial brewery which is an ideal practical environment to demonstrate all parts of the brewing process enabling you to gain first hand experience of a full brew day. In addition, you will also attend seven seperate one-day placements at local successful microbreweries.

You will also have access to our laboratory facilities using techniques that Brewlab follows as one of the UK’s leading providers of all types of quality assurance for the brewing industry. This will give you a unique opportunity to delve into the requirements of quality assurance in micro brewing, assisting you to plate up and identify beer characteristics at a microbiological level.

At Brewlab we offer an industry leading sensory evaluation module that provides a sound introduction to standard flavour and taste training techniques. The finished products you create will be entered into group tasting sessions where feedback and recommendations are offered.

Students who attend this course will aquire the knowledge and skills to produce a wide variety of high-quality beers, brewed consistently, In addition the commercial business elements of the training provide you with the frameworks for setting up and operating a successful brewing business. This includes premises and equipment design advice, encompassing all of the legal HMRC requirements.

The course is tutored by industry specialists who have a vast wealth of expertise and experience in their fields.

“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

Some understanding of the brewing process, along with basic maths and chemistry skills, are beneficial but not essential.

Visits to major suppliers and manufacturers such as maltings, equipment suppliers and fabricators are included. Evening social visits are arranged with breweries to allow the opportunity to meet brewers in informal settings and to experience the historic production plants associated with acclaimed British beers.

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

Many of our previous students now operate their own successful craft breweries and you can read about these in our case studies section.

There are 45 teaching days on the course and the fee is £8,750 (£195 per day). A mid-course break offers the chance for revision or to undertake tourism in the UK or around Europe.

A £900.00 deposit is required to secure a booking. The balance has to be paid 6 weeks prior to the course start date.

Self catering accommodation is included in the course fee through the University of Sunderland.

If you wished to arrange your own accommodation the revised course fee would be £7,210 (£160 per day).

Payment plans can be arranged on request.

All prices include VAT where applicable.

Our course payment terms and conditions can be read here.


At the end of the course, you will have a sound understanding of:

  • The brewing process and ingredients.
  • Liquor treatment and the ability to adjust specification to particular beer styles.
  • Recipe formulation for different beer styles.
  • The key elements of Quality Assurance in a brewery.
  • The importance of health and safety protocols in a craft brewery.
  • Malting and adjunct production.
  • Mashing processes
  • The current hop market.
  • Different fermentation processes and practice.
  • Yeast management in terms of storage, culturing and hygiene.
  • Packaging legislation and methodology.
  • Food safety systems and how to create your own plan.
  • Dispense systems.
  • Effective cleaning and disinfectant protocols.
  • Flavour evaluation techniques.
  • The key strategic commercial frameworks for a successful brewing business.
  • Presenting a brewery business concept.
  • Brewery design, premises, equipment requirements and considerations.
  • The legal requirements for setting up and operating a craft brewery in the UK.
  • Beer and food pairing.
  • Brewing history and the evolution of styles.

You will have:

  • Brewed your own recipes at least seven on the small-scale development kits at Brewlab.
  • Undertaken at least seven placements at commercial breweries, enabling you to assist in production and gain a better understanding of their processes.
  • Visited small, medium and large breweries to compare ptotocals.
  • Followed a standard quality assurance plan, taken and analysed samples from your own brew.
  • Produced a quality assurance report for a commercial brewery.
  • Used standard laboratory methods to assess samples for flavour faults and characteristics.
  • Gained experience and skills in using a light microscope.
  • Attended a field trip at malting plant.
  • Packaged your own beer (bottle conditioned and filtered options available).
  • Attended a field trip to a packaging facility.
  • Submitted your beer for professional evaluation as part of a group exercise.
  • Developed skills and experience in sensory evaluation.


Raw Materials and Processes:

  • Brewery engineering
  • Fermentation and yeast handling.
  • Health and safety.
  • Hops.
  • Liquor treatment.
  • Low alcohol beer production.
  • Malt and malting.
  • Mashing and wort production.
  • Maturation.
  • Packaging – casking, kegging, bottling and canning.
  • Practical brewing.
  • Racking, fining and filtration.
  • Recipe formulation.
  • Wort boiling and chilling.
  • Wort boiling and chilling.
  • Yeast management.

Quality Control and Microbiology

  • Beer tasting and flavour assessment.
  • Cleaning and hygiene.
  • Microscopy.
  • Features of microorganisms and their impact on beer quality and character.
  • Quality control.

Operating a Craft brewery

  • Brewery design, premises and equipment.
  • Business start up frameworks.
  • Customs and excise.
  • Financial planning.
  • Marketing for a start-up business.
  • Presenting a business plan.
  • Selling Skills.

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