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Brewing short course microbrewery

Massey University holds two-day short courses in brewing at the Manawatu (Palmerston North) campus in both April and November.

The course is run by staff from the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University. The course offers a comprehensive introduction to Brewing and detail regarding malts, hops, yeast and the process of making good beers.

Two day format for residential short course 

  • Comprehensive Two-day course, with most meals supplied, we can recommend accommodation for those needing to stay as generally one night's accommodation will be required.
  • Registration for the two day course is approximately $1,100 GST incl (rate current in November 2019).
  • Enrolments for these courses are accepted throughout the year.
  • Registrations are welcome at any time! - numbers are limited to 18 people
  • Contacts below.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for:


  • new graduates entering the brewing industry
  • suppliers to the brewery industry
  • craft brewers seeking to further their skills
  • aspiring micro-brewers with an interest in and awareness of brewing processes.

The short course consists of:

  • formal lectures from Massey staff
  • brewing practicals and demonstrations
  • comprehensive manual
  • brew design software
  • course certificate on completion
  • "hands on" throughout, and
  • beer tasting.

What you will get from this course?

  • Understanding of the chemistry of the brewing process.
  • Understanding the role of malt, hops and yeasts in the craft of brewing.
  • Understanding the fermentation process.
  • How to design beers of predictable alcohol content, colour and bitterness.
  • How to prevent faults in beers.
  • Practicalities of making beer at industrial and hobby scale.
  • Valuable networking.

The Massey University microbrewery

Participants will use the 200L microbrewery at Massey University. The brewery comprises a brew house plus an area of 10 independently temperature-controlled unitanks.


The registration fee for the two-day course includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and dinner on the Friday night, and lecture material. Also included is the cost for brewing two beers you have designed, at the 50L and the 200L scale.

The course will be restricted to the first 18 students to enrol and pay their fees. Massey University reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course because of insufficient numbers, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Provisional programme details

Brew Timetable 2016


Cats Meow 3 - home brew recipes

Contact / Registration

For registration or general enquiries please contact:

School of Food and Advanced Technology
Massey University PN452
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand

Lee-Anne Hannan
DDI: 64 6 951 6007
Ph: 64 6 356 9099 ext 83007

Allan Hardacre
DDI: 64 6 951 6018
Ph: 64 6 356 9099 ext 83018

Federation University beer brewing course

For those wanting more from a course, we are affiliated to the Federation University in Ballarat, Australia.

Dr Peter Aldred teaches advanced courses in the brewing of beer.



Where to go for more information

  1. Brewing and beer
  2. Mr GOOGLE
  3. Brewers friend

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