The impact of dehydration and rehydration on brewing yeast
Jenkins, David Martyn (2011) The impact of dehydration and rehydration on brewing yeast. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In the brewing industry it is standard practice to propagate a pure yeast culture and inoculate (pitch) it into the fermentation vessel. Once fermentation is complete, yeast is recovered and reused in subsequent fermentations (known as serial repitching) until a decline in performance occurs or the required number of successive fermentations has been conducted. Propagation is currently required to initiate the entire process again, which requires additional equipment, energy, water inputs and time. It has long been proposed that Active Dried Yeast (ADY) offers an alternative method of yeast supply. Adoption of this innovation by the brewing industry has been low because of perceived issues with the fermentation performance of ADY, the availability of strains and hygiene concerns.
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