Course overview

The brewing microbiology course considers the occurrence, frequency, biology and detection of the microorganisms that are associated with the spoilage of the brewing process from raw materials to final product. The impact of contamination on process and final product quality will be considered. The principles and practice of HACCP, cleaning-in-place and GMP will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

Participants will gain understanding of:

  • The fundamental, cross-disciplinary principles and practices that underpin Brewing Microbiology and their commercial and research applications.
  • A range of key, specialist information primarily focussed on brewing microbiology.
  • The ways in which industry is utilising fundamental and applied research findings to assure microbiological stability of process and product.
  • A range of relevant practical techniques and methodologies in sampling, detection and identification of spoilage organisms associated with the brewing process and their uses, together with appropriate procedures for analysis and presentation of biological data.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on the brewing microbiology course will include:

  • The occurrence, frequency and biology of the non-brewing yeast microorganisms that are associated with the spoilage of the process or final product.
  • The impact of occurrence of microorganisms on process and beer will be considered.
  • Participants are introduced to scientific principles and relevance to industrial practice of:
  • Spoilage microorganisms associated with the brewing process and final beer product.
  • Sampling, detection and identification of brewery microorganisms.
  • Disinfection of brewery yeast.
  • Cleaning-in–place (CIP) operations.
  • The principles and practice of brewery hygiene.
  • HACCP and other topics related to brewing microbiology as deemed appropriate.

Key facts

Course Dates
e-Learning starts Jan 2020; Residential course 20 - 22 May 2020; Exam 26 May 2020
Interactive e-learning: Studied across 3 months. Residential course: 3 days.
Entry Requirements
Candidates of the brewing microbiology course will usually be expected to have a first class degree (minimum of second class) in a biological, chemistry, engineering or other relevant science from a university recognised by the University of Nottingham. Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to this course.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
University of Nottingham
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Online, University of Nottingham
Mixed Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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