Advanced level Certificate Studies WBA

WBA Master Brewer Program

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World Brewing Academy Siebel Institute Doemens

The twin-campus WBA Master Brewer program will prepare graduates in order to advance their careers through practical application of advanced brewing theory with the incorporation of an extensive practical applications module.


The WBA Master Brewer program provides graduates with the knowledge and experience to be capable of qualifying for employment in the position as a head brewer, brewing supervisor or manager, or any of the other sought-after positions within the brewing industry.

This 20-week program is comprised of segments, divided into modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content addresses issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing students with education and experience not offered by any other brewing school.

The cost of tuition includes a roundtrip airfare (Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, U.S.A., to Munich Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport, and back to Chicago) for students taking the full, continuous program. Room and board is the responsibility of the students in both Chicago and Munich.

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All students applying for a program, module or course must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

The WBA Master Brewer program requires students to have a specific knowledge of brewing technologies and/or related sciences in order to be approved to enroll. This can be satisfied by:

(a) Successfully passing the WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology OR
(b) Successfully passing the online Assessment


Novellina Andrya

Novellina Andrya

"The theoretical study of brewing science and the hands-on learning experience of brewing process during the WBA Master Brewer program was highly educative and a lot of fun, too. It has made my career transition from non-brewing into the brewing industry with ease."

Meredith McNamara

Meredith McNamara

Brewer and Production Manager, Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company, Worcester, MA, USA

"The Siebel Institute and the WBA's Master Brewer Program greatly prepared me for my career change into the brewing industry. I was accelerated into a brewing role upon completion of the program, which led me to become a Brewer and Production Manager at Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company."

What I'll learn

WBA Raw Materials and Wort Production module (Module 1) (Siebel Campus, Chicago, U.S.A.)

  • Structure and Morphology
  • Biochemical Changes
  • Evaluation for Malting
  • Malting Processes
  • Specifications
  • Specialty Malts
  • Adjuncts and Cereal Cookers
  • History, Varieties, Aroma Evaluation
  • Botany, Cultivation, Types and Forms
  • Chemistry and Analysis, Storage and Stability
  • Character and Advanced Products
  • Craft Brewers Perspective
  • Brewing Water Composition
  • Water Adjustments
  • Malt Handling and Milling
  • Mashing
  • Enzymes
  • Techniques and Wort Composition
  • Separation (Lauter Tun and Mash Filters)
  • Boiling
  • Hop Addition “Hot Side”
  • Clarification
  • Cooling
  • Aeration
  • Brewing Calculations and Mixing Formula
  • Lab Analysis
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Effluents
  • Sensory Introduction

WBA Beer Production and Quality Control module (Module 2) (Siebel Campus, Chicago, U.S.A.)

  • Morphology
  • Characteristics for Brewing
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Culture and Propagation
  • Physical Behavior
  • Dry Yeast Production
  • Fermentation Operations
  • Alternative Fermentation Techniques
  • Flavor Compounds
  • Quality Measurement
  • Management (handling practices)
  • Hop Addition “cold side”
  • Maturation and Storage Principles
  • Alternative Aging and Storage Techniques
  • Centrifuges
  • Processing Aids
  • Filtration – Theory and Mechanisms
  • Filtration- Filters and Operations
  • Sterile Filtration
  • Carbonation
  • Introduction to Brewing Microbiology
  • Beer Spoilage Potential and Brewery Contaminants
  • Detection and Identification of Contaminants
  • Application of Genetic Tests in Breweries
  • Oxygen Control
  • Colloidal Stability
  • Flavor Stability
  • Color
  • Foam
  • Gushing
  • Comprehensive QA/QC Program
  • Interpretation of Beer Analysis
  • Brewery CIP
  • Types of Taste Panels

WBA Packaging and Process Technology module (Module 3) (Siebel Campus, Chicago, U.S.A.)

  • Overview
  • Materials
  • Line Design and Flow
  • Glass Bottles and PET Technology
  • Bottle Washing
  • Bottle Filling/Crowning
  • Principles of Canning/Seaming
  • Pasteurization
  • Kegging Technology (single valve keg)
  • Labelling Technology
  • Bottle Conditioning
  • Principles of Maintenance Effectiveness
  • Brewery Design
  • Fluid Flow Fundamentals
  • Gases in the Brewery
  • Valves in the Brewery
  • Pumps in a Brewery (and Troubleshooting)
  • Steam Fundamentals
  • Principles of Heat Transfer
  • Glycol Fundamentals
  • Principles of Refrigeration
  • Materials of Construction
  • Basic Energy Calculations
  • Process Control and Automation
  • CO2 Collection Systems
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Statistics
  • Process Troubleshooting
  • Hygienic Design
  • Introduction to PID
  • Liquid Processing

WBA Business of Brewing and Technical Case Studies module (Module 4) (Siebel Campus, Chicago, U.S.A.)

  • Planning and budgeting
  • Studying environmental (competitive, regulatory and supply) challenges
  • Analysis of real-life scenarios and challenges breweries face today

Module 5: WBA Applied Brewing Techniques (Doemens Campus, Munich, Germany)

  • Practical “hands-on” experience in brewing, fermentation, filtration and packaging
  • Hands-on laboratory practice
  • Advanced theory lectures on mashing, malt analysis and recipe formulation

WBA European Brewing Study Tour module (Module 6) (Doemens Campus, Munich, Germany)

  • Behind-the-scenes visits to suppliers, manufacturers and breweries throughout Europe
  • See the application in real-life of the theoretical knowledge accrued through the program of study
  • Immersion into the beer culture of each country visited

Advanced Applied Brewing Techniques module (Module 7) (Doemens Campus, Munich, Germany)

  • Advanced-level lab testing
  • Advanced-level QA/QC applications
  • Hands-on brewing both at Doemens Academy and at external breweries in the Munich area

Payment Terms

To reserve a seat in any course, module or program, the required non-refundable Application Processing Fee (APF) must be paid within 5 (five) days after a student is accepted.

ONLINE: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 14-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

CAMPUS: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 60-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

“Late Tuition” will apply after these dates.

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