Unfilterable Beer Haze Part I: The Investigation of an India Pale Ale Haze

Margaux Huismann, Fraser Gormley, Dzeti Dzait, Robert Alexander Speers, Dawn Louise Maskell

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The nature of undesirable and unfilterable haze particles observed by craft breweries remains nebulous and presents a challenge when the aim is the production of bright beer. A commercial beer was studied in which the brewery had sporadically encountered unfilterable haze. In this study, it was hypothesized that unfilterable haze particles were formed due to increased concentrations of proteins, polyphenols, and/or beta-glucans. Samples of a high haze and low haze India Pale Ale were degassed and digested with enzymes amyloglucosidase, pepsin, and UltraFlo Max (NovozymesTM). Additionally, the protein, polyphenol, and beta-glucan content of each sample was measured. When comparing protein, polyphenol, and beta-glucan concentrations substantial differences between high haze and low haze protein concentrations were observed. Due to the unfilterable nature of these hazes, combined with experimental findings, it was hypothesized that yeast cell-wall proteins were responsible for this haze. Understanding of the source of these hazes offers brewers the opportunity to mitigate against their formation by adjusting brewing practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021


  • Turbidity
  • haze
  • mannoproteins
  • proteins
  • unfilterable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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