The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

The science of alcohol

Week 2: An introduction to brewing


This week you will learn how beer is made. You will first look at the basic components of a beer and see what each of them brings to the development of a beverage. You’ve already met yeast briefly in the first week of this course. This week you will look at the other components – water, hops, barley and malt – and see why they are important.

You will be introduced to the basic brewing process and the terminology used, and you’ll explore how different types of beer are made, and the methods used to achieve these.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • describe the importance of the constituents of beer
  • explain the mechanisms of the brewing process
  • discuss the difference between different types of beer.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus