01 Oct 2010 @ 1:50 PM 

Chronicling Beer School


Ever wondered what the Concise Brewing Course at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology is like?

Me too.

That’s why when I attend it at the beginning of November I’ll be writing a series of blog posts to tell you all about the process, what it’s like and what you can expect when you take yourself to beer school.

Anything in particular that you’re wondering about in the whole experience?

Let me know and I’ll see what I can do to offer up an opinion on the matter.

Tags Categories: industry Posted By: erik
Last Edit: 01 Oct 2010 @ 01 50 PM


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  1. brian says:

    are you taking the web course or the 2 week course?

    this is a great idea as i was just digging around the internet last week trying to find someone who had documented their experience with the concise course and had no luck.

    i’m looking forward to hearing what you think as i’m planning on doing this in the winter.

  2. erik says:

    I’m taking the two week course, because I don’t think I (personally) will get as much out of a web course.

    I’m enough of a nerd that if I’m sitting at my computer while learning something, then I will also be checking my e-mail, Facebook, playing games, or whatever. I need a classroom environment.

  3. brian says:

    Interesting. I’m still debating which way to go. Keith (from Siebel) recommended the web course as that way you have access to the instructors for 3 months instead of 2 weeks. That makes sense to me. However, having real human contact with the instructors, as well as the other students, sounds advantageous as well.

    Enjoy it, I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.


  4. erik says:

    That’s a fair point that I hadn’t really thought about.

    I just know that for my learning style I’ll do a lot better being in front of somebody.

    I look forward to reporting back!

  5. James W. says:

    I was looking into these courses about a year ago when I was struggling to find a job, Craft Beer was (and still is) my passion so I thought “hey, why not learn the art and go to work for a brewery!”

    I can’t wait to read your posts on attending this course.

  6. Ger says:

    I haven’t read the whole paper but some important ponits that may make the whole thing a waste of research time and money.First, the 10 and 20 degrees they are talking about is Celcius, so 17 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit well beyond any anticipated increase.Second, the soils where incubated in the lab, so any natural processes that would occur in nature where probably absent. Also the elevated temperature was maintain continuously, it did not cycle up and down like the real wold daily temperature would. And the soil was incubated in glass jars, meaning the heat was felt equally from all sides, a unnatural condition as anyone who has ever dug a hole knows temperature drops with depth for any reasonable conditions.And lastly, the soils were from the ongoing FACE experiments. Those are the experiments where large areas are subject to increased levels of CO2 for years. So these soils would have had more CO2 than naturally occurring forest soils.

  7. That’s a smart way of looking at the world.

  8. The ability to think like that shows you’re an expert

  9. I was drawing parallels between Corzine and Christie. It’s amusing to me when a politician, of any flavor, does something stupid and has to spend the following several weeks explaining their actions or “hummana hummana-ing” Ralph Kramden style as the public is asked to accept the dubious propriety of such things as “loans,” etc.

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