Some novel applications of instrumental analytical techniques to the brewing industry
Daly, Brian (1996) Some novel applications of instrumental analytical techniques to the brewing industry. Master of Science thesis, Dublin City University.
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Modem instrumental analytical techniques play an important role in the brewing industry today. They are extensively used for both a quality control/quality assurance function and for research purposes. At all stages of the production process, from the assessment of raw materials, through the brewing process, fermentation, maturation, blending of finished beer, packaging and shelf life studies instrumental analytical techniques provide critical data which allow the brewer to understand and keep his process in control Research is ongoing to develop new, more efficient, more sensitive and more selective analytical techniques to achieve a greater understanding of the processes described above and to provide better quality beer at low cost.
This thesis describes some such analytical methods which were developed as a
result of specific practical needs which arose during normal brewing practice over
a number of years
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