Malting Method
Patent 12065/TUB

The invention comprises a process for improving the quality of malt so that the iron content in malt and beverages, for example, can be reduced.

Benefits
  1. Reduced iron content within malt and beverage
  2. Enhanced oxidative and thus flavour stability
  3. Improved cleaning of barley
  4. 2% higher water intake
Possible Applications

Beverage industry, Food production

Background

Scientists from TU Berlin develop an improved malting method using ultrasonication of barley in order to improve the malt quality.

Technical Description

Thereby sonor waves within the range of 50 to 500 Hz are applied to a mixture comprising water and raw fruit using mechanically vibrating device like e.g. a shaker. According to the invention the mixture is set to vibration mechanically during at least the at least one time period of the steeping. With this method it was already possible to enhance the cleaning effect on brewing barley by up to 37%, when repeating the method by up to 50%.
Using the method it was shown as well that total iron entry into steeping water was reduced by 15% and that the total water uptake in the sonicated barley was 2% higher than in untreated barley. Moreover, due to the reduced iron content in the resulting beverages their oxidative stability (EAP value – see figure 2) could be improved.

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Ina Krüger

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+49 (0)30 314-75916
ina.krueger@tu-berlin.de

Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4

Small scale prototype

Property Rights

approved: DE, FR, GB, IE

Patent Holder

Technische Universität Berlin

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