Beverage fermentation refers to the process by which a microbiological agent, typically fungi (e.g. Saccharomyces spp.) or bacteria (e.g. Lactobacillus spp.), convert a sugar-containing liquid into one which contains alcohol and acid products. Humans have been producing fermented beverages for millennia to prevent spoilage and enhance nutritional quality and flavour. At present, there is a huge diversity of fermented beverages available to consumers globally including the mainstream beer, wines and spirits and lower alcohol products like kombucha and kefir. Other ancient fermented beverages such as chicha, busa and palm wine are more localized. Despite the ancient origins of fermented beverages, modern day production relies heavily on science, engineering and technological knowhow.
An expert in beverage fermentation should have sound knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry, fermenter design and operation, bioprocessing and analytical chemistry.
Large-scale producers can afford the expensive quality programs required to ensure batch-to-batch consistency, but this can be a challenge for smaller operations. Therefore, an expert can help with developing quality analysis programs and microbiology, analytical chemistry and packaging material testing regimes. Assistance can also be offered with fermentation modelling, lab-scale assays and new analytical method development.
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