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The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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8 Summary of Week 4

Congratulations! You’ve now completed the first half of this course. In this week you have learned about the differences between brewing on a small scale, and brewing on a commercial scale for manufacturing, and the different influences which affect both scales. You have also been given an insight into where the future of brewing may be heading, including the techniques used industrially to remove alcohol from beer.

You should now be able to:

  • describe how industrial processes and the Industrial Revolution affected brewing
  • explain what techniques are used to store beer
  • discuss the methods used post-production, to alter beer such as in the removal of alcohol, and for longer term storage
  • describe where the future of brewing may be heading.

Next, you will be introduced to the effects that alcohol can have on the human body, starting with the short term effects of alcohol consumption. You will also address the matter of whether a hangover can indeed be cured!

You are now half way through the course. The Open University would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optional end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which you will also have an opportunity to complete at the end of Week 8. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

You can now go to Week 5.