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Brewing Chemistry Prep

Brewing Chemistry Prep

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Science and Horticulture is offering a preparatory course in basic chemistry, specifically related to brewing. This course was created to help KPU Brewing Diploma students prepare for the intensity of first-year brewing chemistry classes.

Brewing Chemistry is consistently one of the most challenging courses for new students in the Diploma program, which is why a review is strongly encouraged. A general review of basic chemistry is helpful, however, the Brewing Chemistry Prep course is tailored to brewing chemistry and building students’ skills and confidence before the start of the semester.

The course is also open to homebrewers and industry brewers interested in learning more about the science of beer.   

Who will benefit from this course?

  • New KPU Brewing Diploma Students
  • Local brewers interested in learning more about the chemistry of beer
  • Home brewers also interested in learning the basics of brewing chemistry

Program format and content:

The program will consist of four 3-hour evening classes, including three lecture classes (also available online) and one hands-on lab session at the end. In the class lectures, you 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.

The lab session will give you a deeper understanding of the acid-base reaction through an acid-base titration that will be discussed in the class. At the beginning of the lab, the material will be presented and the experimental techniques will be explained and demonstrated. This lab will provide a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience for students to practically carry out an experiment and apply their own chemistry knowledge in a chemistry laboratory.

In each class, the topics will be taught and the students will work together in a cooperative and collaborative learning environment to solve different problems related to the topic that was discussed in the class

Students are encouraged to review the previous class notes/handouts prior to each class and be prepared to discuss any questions you may have.

Content to be reviewed:

  • 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

Course outcomes:

Participants who successfully complete the course will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Calculate solutions
  • Measure pH levels
  • Make buffered chemical solutions
  • Understand basic organic chemistry principles related to brewing


Dates: Wednesdays | Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 23, 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: KPU Richmond campus* | 8771 Lansdowne Road | Richmond, BC

Room: 2510     Lab Room: 3380

Cost: $225.00 + GST (no refunds) CRN: 70311

Instructor: Kourosh Purdavaie, PhD (Organometallic Chemistry), MSc (Organic Chemistry), BSc (Applied Chemistry)     register now button

*Students are encouraged to attend classes in person, however, the first three lecture classes will also be made available online for those who cannot attend.
After you register for the full Brewing Chemistry Prep Course, please email indicating which class dates (Aug. 2, 9 or 16) you require online access
for. A URL link to each online class will be emailed to confirmed participants two days before the each class. Please note that the final lab session (Aug 23) will
not be available online.