Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Print version ISSN 0104-6632
ALMEIDA, R.B. et al. EVALUATION OF FERMENTATION PARAMETERS DURING HIGH-GRAVITY BEER PRODUCTION. Braz. J. Chem. Eng. [online]. 2001, vol.18, n.4, pp. 459-465. ISSN 0104-6632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-66322001000400010.
A large number of advantages are obtained from the use of highly concentrated worts during the production of beer in a process referred to as "high-gravity". However, problems related to slow or stuck fermentations, which cause the lower productivity and possibility of contamination, are encountered. This study examines the influence of factors pH, percentage of corn syrup, initial wort concentration and fermentation temperature on the fermentation parameters, namely productivity, wort attenuation and the yield coefficient for sugar-to-ethanol conversion. The results show that productivity increased when the higher temperature, the higher wort concentration and the lower syrup percentage were used, while wort attenuation increased when lower wort concentration and no syrup were used. The yield coefficient for sugar-to-ethanol conversion was not influenced by any of the factors studied.
Keywords : high-gravity; beer; fermentation; factorial design; wort.