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Old 11-17-2006, 08:03 AM   #1

I begin my first online course with the World Brewing Academy through The Siebel Institute in Chicago this Sunday. It's been a long time since I've been in "school". I'm a little intimidated and excited at the same time. Has anybody here gone through this or any other brewing program? I'll keep everyone updated on my progress. I hope to attend the full 12 week diploma course next spring. Wish me luck!

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Old 06-12-2007, 05:27 PM   #2
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I've been looking into courses here as well. I'd love to do the WBA International program, but I think the web based courses are probably a little more realistic right now...

Brewtopia, or anyone else, how were the courses you took? Are they worth the money?

Here's their current course list
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:41 PM   #3
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I recently talked to a professional brewer who did the 3 month course. This was after he had been an assistant brewer for 3 years. Even after that amount of experience he said he learned a lot and it was worth the money spent.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:53 PM   #4

Yes, I'd be interested in hearing your progress, too. I've looked into their online courses, even though they are located nearby, b/c of time limitations. I've been thinking about enrolling in one within the next couple of years.

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Old 06-12-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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I went through the two week course last year. Is it worth the money? I am not sure, if I had unlimited time I would have opted for the Brewers Guild program instead. The beer education is excellent, but a majority of the information is available in books. The teachers and fellow students are a great source for beer inspiration and two weeks drinking in Chicago with fellow beer people is awesome (sorry, it doesn't help the on-line class). I'm glad I attended, but I probably should have put it off for another year. Waited until my plans were more firmly grounded in reality.

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Designing Great Beers, Daniels
Starting Your Own Brewery, Brewer's Publications
How to Brew, Palmer
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:34 PM   #6
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be a sponge......

there will be loads of info crammed into your skull over those 12 weeks. Lots of great theory, bio-chemistry, & engineering

just take it one step at a time, because it is very easy to get overwhelmed

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:07 AM   #7
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I am waiting to retire and for the ABG (American Brewer's Guild) to accept VA funding. I hope it is accepted in 4 years because that is what I'm shooting for.

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:16 AM   #8

Wow this is a post from the past! I took the "Executive Overview of the Brewing Process" online course. To tell you the truth, it was pretty basic. I did like the online chat feature with the instructor and other class members. But you'll learn just as much on this board. That being said, I hear positive things about the diploma course and still plan on attending at some point. Didn't work out for me this spring but perhaps next year.

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:35 AM   #9
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Someday, I plan on a diploma course through Siebel, UC Davis, or Heriot Watt (based in Edinburgh with a distance learning program). I seriously looked into the Heriot Watt program earlier this year (depending on your course of study, it's actually a real postgraduate master's degree), but I found out that the tuition assistance I had available at the time would only cover domestic schools.
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