VIEN 5310

VIEN 5310

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course uses beer and brewing science as a starting point to explore topics in fermentation biology, food chemistry, food processing, and sensory perception. Students will learn to recognize the major sensory and chemical features that distinguish different beer styles or defects, and understand how raw materials and choices during production lead to these outcomes. Several guest lectures, including brewers and producers of raw materials, will also be included.

When Offered Fall.

Fees Course fee: $25 tasting fee will be applied to student bursar bill.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: introductory biology and chemistry, or permission of instructor.

Comments Students must bring 4 appropriate glasses to each class.

  • Differentiate between the basic physiological senses of human perception of foods and beverages. Describe how these senses are utilized to perceive the qualities of foods and beverages.
  • Describe some of the fundamental principles of odor and taste perception.
  • Summarize the key steps in the brewing process, and contrast these steps to other fermentations.
  • Explain the role of the major components of beer (water, malt, hops, yeast), and the choices that brewers have in their use and source.
  • Describe the sensory properties of major beer styles and explain how they differ in production practices and chemical composition.
  • Explain how different microorganisms can positively or negatively affect the quality of beer.
  • Summarize the positive health impacts of moderate beer consumption and contrast these benefits with the negative health impacts of alcohol misuse/abuse. Also differentiate between the current treatment options for alcohol use disorders.
  • Summarize ongoing and emerging technological challenges to the brewing industry.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FDSC 2310FDSC 5310VIEN 2310

  • 1 Credit Opt NoAud

  • 10859 VIEN 5310   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry or permission of instructor. A $25 tasting fee will be applied to student bursar bill. Students must bring 4 appropriate glasses to each class, starting in the second week. If this section of the course is full, please check FDSC 2310 to determine if seats are still open.