Industrial Microbiology



WHISKY PRODUCTION Whiskies are prepared from malted barley, exclusively in the case of Scottish and Irish malt whiskies, or with various proportions of added cereal starch for other whiskies, such as bourbon, grain and rye whiskey. Blended Irish and Scottish whiskies contain a mixture of grain and malt whiskies. The malt, and other cereals where …


cylindroconical fermentation vessel

The fermentation process

The fermentation process The main factors that affect the fermentation rate and influence beer quality are: The amount of yeast used to inoculate or pitch the fermentation. Yeast cell viability and yeast quality. The level of dissolved oxygen in wort at pitching. Wort soluble nitrogen concentration. Wort fermentable carbohydrate concentration. Temperature. British ales are traditionally …

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Fermentation systems

Fermentation systems

Fermentation systems Microbiologists use the term fermentation in total two different contexts. First, in metabolism, fermentation refers to energy-generating processes wherever organic compounds act as both electron donor and acceptor.  Second, within the context of industrial microbiology, the term also refers to the growth of huge quantities of cells under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, within …

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Wort Preparation


WORT PREPARATION The objectives of wort preparation are to form, and extract into solution, fermentable sugars, amino acids, vitamins, etc., from malt and other solid ingredients. Malt normally provides most of the potential fermentable materials and sufficient enzymes to generate a well balanced fermentation medium. Typically, British beer is prepared from 75% malt, and 25% …


Malt and malting


MALT AND MALTING Malting involves the controlled partial germination of barley grain. This modifies the hard vitreous grain into a friable (easily crushed) form containing a lot of readily degradable starch and generates hydrolytic enzymes, particularly amylases, b-glucanases and proteases. Barley grains have approximately 65% starch, located within the endosperm region. Endosperm cells are filled with starch granules embedded in …


beer process

Beer brewing

Beer brewing The name beer is given to non-distilled alcoholic beverages are made from partially germinated cereal grains, known as malt. They include ales, lagers and stouts, which normally contain 3–8% (v/v) ethanol.  The other main ingredients are hops (giving beer a characteristic aroma and flavour), yeast and water. The brewing process is mainly divided into four main stages:- Malting Mashing and …

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An infusion mash tun

Types of Mashing systems

Types of Mashing systems Three main mashing systems are operated:- Infusion mashing Decoction mashing Temperature programmed mashing Infusion mashing: Infusion mashing is the classic British methodology for ales and stouts, using well-modified malt and relatively simple instrumentation.   Solid mash ingredients are mixed with hot brewing liquor to gain a mash temperature of 62–65°C. Mixing is performed during passage to an insulated …

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Uses of microorganisms in food industry

Uses of microorganisms in food industry

Uses of microorganisms in food industry Microorganisms posses several characteristics, which make them most ideal organisms for industrial processes. They possess a broad variety of enzymes making an array of chemical conversions possible. They have a relatively high metabolic activity which allows conversions to take place rapidly. They possess a large surface area for quick …

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