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Effects of One-Pass Microwave Drying on Rice Utilization in the Brewing Process

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2022 ASABE Annual International Meeting  2200658.(doi:10.13031/aim.202200658)
Authors:   Christopher Stuckey, Kaushik Luthra, Griffiths G Atungulu
Keywords:   Physicochemical properties, Brewing process, Microwave drying, Rice drying.

Abstract. Rice is utilized as an adjunct grain by the beer manufacturing industry. Post-harvest rice drying process employed may have an impact on the rice‘s physicochemical properties which influence the rice‘s performance in the brewing process. This study focused on investigating the impact of microwave drying on rice‘s physicochemical properties and utilization in the brewing process. The effects of the single-pass continuous drying on the dried rice amylose content, protein content, and specific gravity (°Plato, fermentable sugar content) of the wort were determined. The results were compared with samples dried using natural air at 25°C and 56% relative humidity (RH), and two-pass heated-air drying at 45°C and 60°C with RH set at 20%. Overall, the studied drying methods could create variation in the rice‘s physicochemical properties, but no measurable differences were observed among the wort‘s initial gravity contents. This study analyzed the effect of microwave drying on rice processing and subsequent use in the brewing process and determined that it was most comparable to natural air drying, but results in a greater head rice yield resulting in a larger profit for rice farmers and processors.

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