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Brewing Chemistry: Water and Mash

Note: This course was previously titled Introduction to Brewing Chemistry.

Examine the basics of brewing water and mash chemistry for commercial and advanced homebrewing. Designed for brewers with little chemistry knowledge, this class presents the fundamentals of the underlying chemistry critical to successful all-grain brewing. Review basic chemical interactions and equilibriums, and explore their influence on water chemistry, potential water treatments for the small commercial and home producer, the complexities of mash pH and the activity of malt enzymes vital in the production of quality wort. With the variability of online brewing calculators, it is critical to understand the underlying science that goes into crafting your next great beer recipe.

Interested in learning more about brewing chemistry? Check out these courses: Brewing Chemistry: Hops and Boil and Brewing Chemistry: Yeast Biology and Fermentation Chemistry.


Michael Ramsey is the teaching laboratory manager for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, planning and coordinating lab classes and assisting students. With a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis, he has had a long career in all phases of alcoholic beverage production. Ramsey has received numerous national and international commercial awards and can often be found judging at the local level or the state fair. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious UC Davis Extension Outstanding Service Award for his contributions and dedication to the University's continuing education program. 


Sat., 9:00am to 4:30pm, Aug 25


Davis:Sudwerk Brewing Co. 2001 2nd street suite 5, Davis CA 95618

Section Notes

The classroom is located on the East side of the building in Suite 5.  Please park in the large lot surrounding Sudwerk Brewing Company and use the sidewalk along Second Street to access the classroom.  The door to the classroom faces Second Street.  Please do not park in the small lot just outside of the classroom or your car will be towed.  Refreshments will be provided in the morning, but lunch is on your own. 




Special Discounts

Capitol Corridor Rider:

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Extension course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Extension course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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