Learning by Brewing: Beer Production Experiments in the Chemical Engineering Laboratory
We discuss the successful creation and implementation of a biotechnology track within the chemical engineering unit operations course. The track focuses on engineering principles relevant to brewing. Following laboratory modules investigating heat transfer processes and yeast fermentation kinetics, student groups design and implement a project to produce and analyze a fermented beverage. In addition to dealing with cell culture, reactor scale-up, systems design, and more, students also consider their process from an environmental and economic standpoint.