Microbiology for Brewers
Brewing Microbiology and Microscopy Course
This hands-on course will provide brewers with the essential techniques and protocols for managing yeast and bacteria in the brewing process. Ample time is allowed for participants to practice the techniques demonstrated and for viewing their results. No prior experiences necessary. Class size is small, allowing for personalized attention for each participant. Class meets in a fully equipped microbiology lab. THIS IS NOT A COURSE ON HOW TO BREW BEER.
A complete workshop is one and a half days in length. Choose one of the available dates when registering.
March 19 and 20, 2014 (Wednesday and Thursday)
July 9 and 10, 2014 (Wednesday and Thursday)
November 1 and 2, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
Day 1: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Lunch not included)
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - noon p.m.
Registration is open.
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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Trainer Natural Resource Building, Microbiology Lab Room 451
Materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring a sample to analyze during the course.
Marc Buttera, Owner, O’so Brewing, Plover, Wisconsin
“Terese was great at helping us get our lab up and running.” (September, 2012)
Chris Bogges, Brewer, 2 Floyds Brewing Co., LaGrange, Illinois
“The course was great.” (June 2013)
Andrew De Haan, Home Brewer, O’Connor’s Homebrew Supply, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Tons of practical information for the advanced home brewer and professional brewer. I learned so much!” (August 2013)
Mitchell Parr, Head Brewer, Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse, Wisconsin
“I enjoyed the class and feel that the information will be useful at our facility. I learned a lot of good techniques and ideas for improving our methods.” (August 2013)
This course will be instructed by Terese Barta, Ph.D., Department of Biology at UW-Stevens Point. Terese has been teaching microbiology in the UW system since 1994. As a way to introduce her bacteriology students to a practical application of the field, she took up home brewing, and has been an avid home brewer ever since. While at UW-Marathon Center, she began outreach to the community by teaching home brewing courses, and was instrumental in creating the Bull Falls Brewers, a home brew club in Wausau. Presently at UW-Stevens Point, she has done consulting work for a local microbrewery, and is now offering this course, not available elsewhere in the state, to serve a larger brewing community.
Phone: 715 346-4241
All registration related questions should be directed to Continuing Education Customer Service at 1-800-898-9472 or Email us: Continuing Education Customer Service
Commercial craft brewers who are getting more involved in microbiological aspects of quality control, as well as home brewers who want to better understand aspects of production.
Use of the Microscope
Streak plate and pour plate techniques for single colonies
Plating samples by filtration
Detecting bacteria with selective media
Biochemical tests to identify bacterial contaminants
Yeast counts by dilution plating and hemacytometer
Observe streak plates, pour plates, and dilution plates from previous day
Simple staining and Gram-staining techniques
Catalase and oxidase tests
Registration and Fee
Registration is only online. The registration fee is $189.00 per person and includes materials. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. Information on available lunch locations will be sent in the confirmation letter.
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Participant Cancellation or Substitutions
Policy for March 19 and 20, 2014 Workshop
Cancellations must be submitted in writing before March 5, 2014. Cancellations between March 6 and March 12, 2014 will be charged a $25 processing fee. Materials cannot be guaranteed for last minute registrants. Substitutions can be made at any time. No-shows will be responsible for the full workshop fee. No refunds after March 12, 2014.
Policy for July 9 and 10, 2014 Workshop
Workshop Cancellations must be submitted in writing before June 25, 2014. Cancellations between June 26 and July 2, 2014 will be charged a $25 processing fee. Materials cannot be guaranteed for last minute registrants. Substitutions can be made at any time. No-shows will be responsible for the full workshop fee. No refunds after July 2, 2014.
Policy for November 1 and 2, 2014 Workshop
Workshop Cancellations must be submitted in writing before October 17. Cancellations between October 17 and October 24, 2014 will be charged a $25 processing fee. Materials cannot be guaranteed for last minute registrants. Substitutions can be made at any time. No-shows will be responsible for the full workshop fee. No refunds after October 24, 2014.
For registration related questions, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-898-9472 or contact to Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, Continuing Education at 715-346-4593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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