Brewing courses - Adult education center

In the beginners' course, every participant is taught the theoretical and practical basics of beer production. The course shows how to use your home's equipment to male beer at home. Hints and tips for building simple brewing equipment are given and sources for required ingredients are shown. The course consists of an introductory evening with theory of brewing and a day of practice for wort production with instructions on how to ferment and store your beer at home. Some weeks later a tasting evening with beer testing and exchange of experience takes place.

In advanced courses, working with multi-mashing processes for brewing top or bottom-fermented special beers is taught. Also the focus is on the calculation and use of different aroma hop varieties or the calculation of the malt input and the beer colour of the home-brewed beer. These topics change yearly.

After all, the courses are intended to make you brew more beer and build up brewing groups that continue brewing  beer together.

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Following beer styles can be brewed in the courses:


Beginners' course:

  • Kellerbier, untergärig
  • Altbier, obergärig
  • Kölsch, obergärig
  • Irish Red Ale, obergärig
  • Scottish Stout, obergärig

Advanced course Malt and Colour:

  • Bockbier dunkel, untergärig
  • Hefeweizen hell oder dunkel, obergärig
  • Rauchbier, untergärig

Advanced Course Hops and Bitterness:

  • Bockbier hell, untergärig
  • Pilsner tschechischer Brauart, untergärig
  • Festbier, untergärig
  • Wiener Exportbier hell, untergärig
  • Vollbier dunkel oder hell, untergärig

Competence Center of brewing - Himmelkron

Deputy mayor and mayor of Himmelkron at DIY Homebrewing lectures in November 2016

About 500 students have been teached brewing at adult education center since 1992. So, 2.9% of population of Himmelkron participated at the courses to strengthen general knowledge of brewing and keep up tradition. Until last district elections, 25% of menbers of local council and 100% of mayor and deputy mayors have attended  the lectures and courses.

Franconian Homebrewing Certificate

Himmelkroner Hobbybrauer will confirm and appoint the owner of the certificate to have the knowledge to brew successfully beer styles like shown below:

  • Fränkisches Kellerbier, untergärig, einfaches Infusionsbrauverfahren
  • Hefeweissbier hell, obergärig, Ein-Maisch-Verfahren
  • Pilsner tschechischer Brauart, untergärig, Ein-Maisch-Verfahren, Berechnung und Kombination von Aromahopfensorten
  • Bockbier dunkel, untergärig, Zwei-Maisch-Verfahren, Berechnung von Stammwürze und Bierfarbe und Kombination von Malzsorten
  • Oberfränkisches Rauchbier, untergärig, Drei-Maisch-Verfahren, Spezialbierausbildung

The owner of the certificate supports the revival of home brewing, the preservation of the art of traditional brewing , especially the preservation of old brewing techniques and processes.

The first two graduates

Verleihung am 24.11.2018

Successful former students:


Erdmann Bräu

The menbers of ERDMANN-BRÄU from Wirsberg, who emerged from our brewing courses, won first place in the audience award at the Homebrew 2020 in Bayreuth. Congratulations!


Main BräuWerk

The "Main BräuWerk" is a social commitment of the Werkstätten St. Joseph, which offers people with special needs the opportunity to learn the craft of brewing in order to gain a foothold in the job market. The Franconian beer tradition stands for sociability and enjoyment as well as being together with friends and family. The "Main BräuWerk" project aims to continue this tradition in our region and to involve people with disabilities in exciting job opportunities.

Thomas Neugeboren, a former student of DIY brewing courses in November 2010, has brought his knowledge to the St. Joseph Works. Since 2018 beer has been brewed there .
The "MainBräuWerk" project aims that employees can acquire knowledge and expand their skills on a variety of levels. In the process, all work steps are carried out carefully and with a lot of heart and soul by hand. Even the filling and labeling of the bottles is done entirely by hand.
This makes it possible for the brewery team to literally grasp the complex interrelationships of brewing at their own individual speed and learn to think in complex structures. This results in an expansion of the scope for action in everyday life, which leads to an increase in quality of life of members of brewery team.
Sustainable production is very important to the "MainBräuWerk". Only the best from the region goes into the returnable bottles. All ingredients are sourced from regional producers and, of course, bottled unfiltered without preservatives or additives. The beer is distributed at the works and the glass café, which is located in the same building as the brewery. As an ambassador, the beer takes on the important task of building a bridge that breaks down barriers and fears of contact.

The beers of  "MainBräuWerk " of  St. Joseph Works are as unique as the people who brew them - and the brewery team is proud of that.