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Making Wine, Beer, Spirits and Fermented Drinks Short Online Course: So you've always wanted to know how to brew your own beer, or make your own wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages? Well here at long last, is a short course which will help you acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully "make your own".

This course covers: beers, ciders, mead, wine, spirits, fortified wines, none or low alcoholic drinks, plus mixers such as cocktails. It is ideal for anyone who is interested in the history of alcoholic beverages and how they're created.

Learn about the chemical and biological processes involved in alcoholic drink production, and the features and benefits of pro-biotic drinks.

Making your own beer, wine and spirits for personal use, is fun to do and could save you a great deal of money over the years.   



Lesson 1: History, Scope and Nature of Alcoholic Drinks

  • A Brief History
  • Trends in Beverage Consumption
  • Alcohol & Health
  • Global Wine Production
  • Global Wine Consumption
  • Global Beer Production
  • Global Beer Consumption
  • Good Quality Water

Lesson 2: The Science - Chemical and Microbiological Processes

  • Understanding the Science
  • Fermentation 
  • Glycolysis
  • Carbohydrates
    a) Monosaccharides
    c) Polysaccharides
  • Microbiology
  • Yeasts
  • Enzymes
  • Effect of Temperature
  • Effect of pH
  • Spoilage

Lesson 3: Probiotic Drinks

  • The Benefits of Probiotics
  • Kefir
  • Making Kefir
  • Variations
  • Other Uses for Kefir
  • Reducing Alcohol Content
  • Storage and Reuse
  • Long Term Storage
  • To Feed the Kefir Culture
  • Kombucha
  • Making Kambucha step by step
  • Beet Kvass

Lesson 4: Brewing Beers

  • What Can Be Brewed?
  • Water: The Essential Ingredient
  • The Water Profile
  • Example of a Commercial Brewing Process
  • Brewing Using Different Methods
  • Open Brewing/Fermentation
  • Closed Brewing
  • Fermentation Temperatures
  • Spontaneous Brewing
  • Barrel Aging
  • Old Brewing Techniques
  • Double Dropping/Dropping System
  • Cleansing System
  • Skimming System
  • The Yorkshire Square Brewing Method
  • Using Hops in Brewing

Lesson 5: Brewing Ciders

  • Traditional Cider
  • Fruit Ciders
  • Apple and Pear Fruits
  • Making Apple or Pear Cider
  • Equipment - What You Will Need
  • The Wild Yeast Method
  • Heat Treated Method 

Lesson 6: Mead

  • Making Mead
  • Preparing to Make Mead
  • Ingredients
  • Making the Mead
  • Examples of Different Types of Mead

Lesson 7: Wine

  • What Is Involved In Winemaking?
  • An Overview of Some Winemaking Terms
  • An Overview of Winemaking Processes
  • The Importance of Yeast
  • The Fermentation Process in Detail
  • Containers
  • Sweetness
  • Malolactic Fermentation
  • Red and White Winemaking
  • A Winemaking Method for Some Wines
  • Preparing to Ferment
  • Types of Wine
  • Red Wines
  • White Wines
  • Rosé Wine
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Fortified Wines
  • A Glossary of Terms for Wine Making

Lesson 8: Spirits and Fortified Wines

  • Distillation
  • Spirits
  • Spirit Groups
  • Brandy
  • Whisky
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Liqueurs
  • Liqueur Groups
  • Aperitifs
  • Sherry
  • Vermouth
  • Port
  • Gin Making – A Simple Approach

Lesson 9: No or Low Alcahol Brewed Drinks

  • Brief History of Non-alcoholic Drinks
  • Reasons to Choose Low or No-Alcohol Drinks
  • Alcohol Content
  • How to Remove Alcohol after Brewing
  • Beers
  • Wine

Lesson 10: Other Variations on Brewed Drinks: Getting Inventive

  • Mixed Drinks & Cocktails
  • Mixed Drinks
  • Cocktails
  • Making Mixed Drinks & Cocktails
  • The Art of Brewing
  • Ingredients 
  • Equipment
  • Getting Inspiration from Around the World



This course is completed entirely online, including lessons, self-assessment tests, plus obtaining your certificate at the end, which is immediately downloadable after successful completion. Please note that there is no tutor support, as it is not required. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

  1. Study lesson 1.
  2. When you are ready, take the self-assessment test. Retake until you reach the required level of learning.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the following 9 lessons.
  4. Take the final assessment.
  5. Download your certificate of completion, with your name on it.

Now you are ready to stand out at a job interview, or put your newly acquired knowledge to use straightaway.

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Making Wine, Beer and Spirits Short Course Making Wine, Beer and Spirits Short Course
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