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What is flocculation in brewing?

What is flocculation in brewing?

Flocculating is when yeasts come together in big clumps. It’s a sort of survival mechanism, with less nutrients available, bonding together can help them share resources. But different yeasts flocculate in different ways.

What does high flocculation mean in brewing?

High flocculation means the yeast starts to clump early in the fermentation process (after three to five days). This means not all the sugars will ferment, as the yeast flocculates before the process is complete. When dealing with high flocculant strains, you may need to recirculate the beer to finish fermentation.

How do you encourage flocculation?


  1. An increase of zymolectin concentration in the cell wall causes flocculation to occur.
  2. Factors that increase in zymolectin include: Depletion of nutrients. Increase in fermentation by-products. Temperature increase.

What is alcohol flocculation?

Flocculation is the tendency of yeast cells to aggregate together, forming a multicellular mass and sedimenting rapidly from the suspended medium or rising to the surface. Yeast flocculation is a complex phenomenon occurring in brewer’s yeast under various conditions near the end of the fermentation process.

What is low flocculation?

Finally, low flocculation strains are those that stay in suspension well after fermentation has ended. These strains tend to be wheat beer strains in which low flocculation is desirable, as the finished beers are meant to be hazy with yeast.

What is low attenuation in brewing?

A yeast with low attenuation will leave a beer with more sugar and more body than a yeast with high attenuation. This can also be very helpful when selecting a yeast strain for a recipe. Example: Your beer has an OG of 1.050 and the expected attenuation of your yeast is 75%.

What is the basic principle of flocculation?

Flocculation refers to the process used to bring the coagulated particles together so that they can combine to form larger, settleable, and filterable masses of particles called floc. Zeta potential is defined and its role in coagulation described.

What is difference between flocculation and coagulation?

Coagulation and flocculation are two separate processes, used in succession, to overcome the forces stabilising the suspended particles. While coagulation neutralises the charges on the particles, flocculation enables them to bind together, making them bigger, so that they can be more easily separated from the liquid.

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