The Best Beer Process Flow Chart
There are several steps in the brewing process, which include malting, milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, cooling, fermenting, maturation, filtering, and packaging.
This is the best diagram illustrating the process of brewing beer that you can find on the internet.
Malting – to loosen up the endosperm by degrading the endosperm cell walls and to produce enzyme for the the further degration of the content of endosperm cell during mashing.
Milling – to provide for optimal conditions for enzymatic activities during mashing for solubilation of fermentable carbohydrates and provide for best possible mash separation thus highest possible yield.
Mashing – to form an extract with a desired profile of sugars, desired level of protein and minor chemical constituents.
Lautering – to separate the wort from spent grain (malt husk)
Boiling – to sterilize wort, halting enzyme action, concentrate wort, isomerizes hop alpha acid into iso-alpha acid, reduce volatile compound (such as DMS), increase wort color, reduce wort pH, protein coagulate and to produce reducing compounds.
Cooling – to cooling down wort temperature to fermentation temp such as from 100 oC to 14 oC
Fermenting – to convert fermentable sugar to ethanol, carbon dioxide and beer flavors
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Maturation – to improve/remove unpleasant flavors such as diacetyle (VDK), acetaldehyde, DMS, amylacetate etc.
Filtering – to make bright beer (gives beer its polished shine and brilliance) and more stable.
Packaging – to putting the beer into the containers in which it will leave the brewery.
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