Enzyme launch targets beer cost concerns

By Neil Merrett

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Danisco is targeting shorter yet more efficient production times with an upgraded brewing enzyme it claims can better meet manufacturing concerns over cost output.

The company claims that its Laminex Super 3G product can reduce lautering times by 10 per cent as part of an ongoing focus to extend processing solutions for beer makers.

The new product, which is already commercially available to brewers worldwide, is officially being launched this week as a means of providing better filtration during brewing of all ‘common types’ of beer, says Danisco.

Filtration

Aart Mateboer, director of the group’s food and beverage enzymes unit, claims that the enzyme’s potential benefits in regards to lautering - or mash filtration - during manufacture, can effectively increase production capacity.

The company states that lauteirng is a critical step in beer production, with poor mash filtration potentially leading to lower extract yields during manufacture, as well as negatively impacting wort quality that can be felt in the taste or stability of a beer.

Development

In developing Laminex Super 3G, Danisco claims to have reduced wort viscosities and improved extract yields during processing. By offering improvements to brewer mash filtration and production capacity, the overall quality of wort can be stepped up, says the group.

Mateboer said that the enzyme was competitively priced against other similar products on the market when viewed in terms of dosage per tonne grist and cost per kilogram of beer.

Industry cost

Amidst the additional pressure being put on the brewing sector to reduce costs during the economic downturn, a host of enzyme suppliers have moved to play up their commitments to increase production efficiency across the supply chain.

Although Danisco has outlined possible focuses on oxidation and alternative brewing materials as part of a shake up of its brewing operations, rivals like DSM have announced the launch of an online system it claims analyses unique qualities behind individual beer brands.

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