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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 concentrations, dilutions, acids and bases, pH scale and acid-base reactions, along with solving different problem sets. The course will be held at KPU's newest campus, Surrey Civic Plaza, which is conveniently located near the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.

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 of brewing salts and additions
  • Dilution/concentration of wort/beer
  • Dilution of brewing chemicals
  • Acids and bases
  • Conjugated acid-base pairs
  • Acid strength
  • The pH Scale
  • Calculating pH and pOH
  • Acid-base indicators
  • Acid-base titrations
  • End point vs equivalence point
  • Caustic detergent strengths
  • Total acidity of beer

Learn how to:

  • Convert units
  • Calculate solution concentrations (salts, sugars, additions)
  • Measure pH levels
  • Use titration-based kits


Your instructor, Martina Solano Bielen, M.Sc., is an award-winning brewer passionate about brewing science. After completing her Masters of Science at McGill University, she went on to study Brewing Microbiology at the Siebel Institute for Technology and currently teaches full time in KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma program. For more information about Martina and the KPU Brewing Diploma, visit


Dates: Mon & Thurs | Aug. 19, 22, 26 & 29, 2019
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Location: KPU Civic Plaza Campus | Surrey
Course Fee: $262.50 (including GST) 
CRN: 70441
Instructor: Martina Solano Bielen, M.Sc.
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