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Brewing Chemistry Basics

Whether you're preparing for first-year brewing science, are an avid homebrewer or simply like geeking out over beer, this Brewing Chemistry Basics course will help you understand the chemical foundation of beer and the science behind it.

The KPU Brewing Chemistry Basics course will consist of four evening classes where participants will learn applicable brewing chemistry topics, such as acids and bases, pH scale, buffer solution, acid-base reactions, and organic chemistry, along with solving different problem sets.

In each class, the topics will be taught and the students will work together in a collaborative environment to solve different problems related to the topics reviewed in class. 

Some of the content to be covered:

  • Periodic table
  • Atoms and ions
  • Unit analysis
  • Molarity
  • Calculating concentrations
  • Le Chatelier’s principal
  • Equilibrium, ICE tables
  • Acids and bases
  • Conjugated acid-base pairs
  • Acid strength
  • The pH Scale
  • Calculating pH and pOH
  • Calculating Ka and Kb
  • Buffered solutions
  • The buffer equation
  • Common buffer systems
  • Calculating pH changes in a buffer solution
  • Acid-base indicators
  • Acid-base titration
  • End point vs equivalence point
  • Organic chemistry

Learn how to:

  • Convert units
  • Calculate solution concentrations
  • Measure pH levels
  • Make buffered chemical solutions
  • Understand basic organic chemistry principles related to brewing
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays | Aug. 14, 16, 21 & 23
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Location: KPU Richmond Campus | Online also available
Course Fee: $236.25 (including GST) 
CRN: 70222
Instructor: Martina Solano Bielen, M.Sc.
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