Draught beer hygiene: a forcing test to assess quality

Mallett, James R. and Stuart, Melanie S. and Quain, David E. (2017) Draught beer hygiene: a forcing test to assess quality. Journal of the Insitute of Brewing . ISSN 2050-0416 (In Press)

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Abstract

The quality of draught beer is important to consumers but can be inconsistent, ranging from excellent through to unacceptable. The few but dated studies of draught beer quality have focused on the number of microorganisms that are present in the product. Work reported here, suggests that this approach has its limitations and fails to relate to beer quality post-dispense. An alternative approach using the long-established ‘forcing’ method provides a better but still retrospective assessment of draught beer quality. Samples post dispense are ’forced’ by static incubation at 30°C for four days and beer quality is ranked by the measurement of absorbance at 660nm. The increase in absorbance reflects the growth of beer spoilage microorganisms present in the beer at dispense. Four quality bands are proposed, where quality is described as excellent (absorbance increase of < 0.3), acceptable (0.3-0.6), poor (0.6-0.9) and unacceptable (> 0.9). The method is straightforward, requires no special skills and enables, for the first time, the robust quantification of draught beer quality. It is anticipated that the method will have widespread application in the measurement and improvement of the quality of draught beer.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dispense, Beer spoilage, Quality, Method
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Food Sciences
Depositing User: Quain, David
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 07:38
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 08:10
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47114

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