Dr. Barry Gump teaches a unique course to students at Florida International University – the beer making process and the science behind it.
Matthew Eientraub, a student who has recently landed a job brewing for the Miami Brewing Company in Homestead, stated that the course is really about science and the art of making beer as well as enjoying it. It is not all about drinking beer all day but the whole process of creating it.
Graduate student, Mo Saade, said that a lot of time is spent on studying books on the science behind the beer making process. The craft-brewing course outlines many things for the students. This includes the different phases of beer production from grinding barley and malt, cooking the mixture, treating the water so that its mineral content is correct, to selecting the type of hops to give the beer its flavor and color.
Saade described the process of the batch of Indian Pale Ale that he and Eientraub were making. They added hops to the fermenter, post-fermentation, to get a better aroma. The class is actually a common application of S.T.E.M, which consists of maths, science, technology, and engineering. Dr. Gump stated that beer is only applied chemistry.
Mike Hampton, the dean of Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, stated that the class prepares students for the brewing industry. Hampton explained that brewing, wine making, and spirits are science put together with elements of chemistry and biology.
Students must brew their own beer as they are marked on their final product as well as being tested on their knowledge of the process. Students also are tested on the ability to taste subtle differences. Florida International University has its own labels for beer, but only use the beer for special school events and for educational purposes.
We asked Marla Berry, a long time Naples Florida resident of The Quarry (http://www.thequarry.com) who has plans of signing up for the course next year just what the draw was.
“I’ve always been interested in the beer-making process, and this is an opportunity for me to learn how to not only brew my own, but to possibly branch out into an entirely new career field” Says Berry.
It’s definitely something different, and as our readers know, we here at Cywool love being different