Enzymes for cereal cooking

Cost-effective cereal-cooking with enzymes

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Simpler, faster, more consistent liquefaction

Liquefaction with Novozymes Termamyl® is a simpler and faster process when compared to liquefaction with malt enzymes. Because the enzymes are thermo-stable, the 15-minute rest at around 72°C during the cooking process can be omitted, allowing a shorter and simpler cereal cooking process.

Limitations of malt alpha-amylases

Adjuncts containing starch with low gelatinization temperatures, < 65°C, such as barley, wheat and oats, can be mashed together with the malt in the mash-tun.

Other adjuncts, such as maize (corn), rice, cassava and sorghum, have significantly higher gelatinization temperatures, and therefore must be processed in a separate cereal cooker. The required temperatures are hot enough to deactivate malt alpha-amylases.

In addition, because malt alpha-amylases are not active at temperatures higher than around 75°C, it is quite common to introduce a break in the cooking process to allow for enzymatic activity to occur.

Gelatinization with newer adjuncts require a number of extra steps and precise timing.

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A family of solutions

Optimizing cereal cooking with new flexibility in adjuncts is just one of the many solutions that Novozymes offers.

With enzymes, brewers can: optimize the use of raw materials, improve wort separation and beer filtration, maximize attenuation of high strength and light beers and control FAN and diacetyl.

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Which solution is right for you?

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