α-Glucosidase activity of sorghum and barley malts

R. C. Agu, G. H. Palmer

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    Abstract

    Sorghum malt a-glucosidase activity was highest at pH 3.75 while that of barley malt was highest at pH 4.6. At pH 5.4 employed in mashing sorghum malt a-glucosidase was more active than the corresponding enzyme of barley malt. a-Glucosidase was partly extracted in water but was readily extracted when L-cysteine was included in the extraction buffer, pH 8. Sorghum malt made at 30°C had higher a-glucosidase activities than the corresponding malts made at 20°C and 25°C. Nevertheless, the sorghum malts made at 20°C and 25°C produced worts which contained more glucose than worts of malt made at 30°C. Although barley malts contained more a-glucosidase activity than sorghum malts, the worts of barley had the lowest levels of glucose. The limitation to maltose production in sorghum worts, produced at 65°C, is due to inadequate gelatinization of starch and not to limitation to ß-amylase and a-amylase activities. Gelatinization of the starch granules of sorghum malt in the decantation mashing procedure resulted in the production of sorghum worts which contained high levels of maltose, especially when sorghum malt was produced at 30°C. Although the ß-amylase and a-amylase levels of barley malt was significantly higher than those of sorghum malted optimally at 30°C, sorghum worts contained higher levels of glucose and equivalent levels of maltose to those of barley malt. It would appear that the individual activities of a-glucosidase, a-amylase and ß-amylase of sorghum malts or barley malts do not correlate with the sugar profile of the corresponding worts. In consequence, specifications for enzymes such as a-amylase and ß-amylase in malt is best set at a range of values rather than as single values.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-29
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of the Institute of Brewing
    Volume103
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997

    Keywords

    • α-Glucosidase
    • Barley
    • Malting
    • Mashing
    • Sorghum

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