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Throughout the brewing process there are many opportunities for optimization without sacrificing quality and taste! We offer a variety of enzymes that ensure your processes are right the first time and assist you in finding new ways to make the most of your brewing capacity. At the same time, we can help you save energy and water – no matter which raw materials you’re using.
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When looking to maximize the efficiency of ingredients it is paramount to understand structure of the starch source. If you are relying on naturally occurring enzymes, it is best advised to use a grist composition of 80% or better malt to provide sufficient enzymes. Key temperature rests must be met, pH range buffered, and proper hydration achieved for enzymatic activity to “digest” and solubilize saccharides into the mash liquor.
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Temperature is by far the most impactful to enzyme activity. Too low and reaction activity will take extended periods. Too high, and you risk denaturing (reshaping the structure) of the enzyme and rendering it useless. The purpose of a single infusion mash is to balance all required enzymatic activity at one temperature, providing for a simple processing experience. More complex mash techniques make use of temperature rests targeting specific enzymatic activity.
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Thank you for joining me into this exploration into enzymes. The purpose of creating this blog is to promote open discussion and exchange of information in regards to advanced and alternative brewing methods from an enzymatic perspective. We will explore the natural occurring products, processes and reactions, as well as the potential for further enhancing or controlling end results. In covering the general malting and brewing process, we will explain some complex concepts through simple examples, so grab a cold one and join the fun!
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Most brewers out there can explain the basic principles of brewing. We are looking to convert barley starch into sugar, feed sugar to yeast, and separate the leftover sugar/alcohol mix. This blog is where we begin to dive a little deeper.
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