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Here's more reason to have beer!

Published : Jun 19, 2017, 6:39 pm IST
Updated : Jun 19, 2017, 6:39 pm IST

People who have gluten intolerance can cheer as research shows beer can be made from alternate grain

Beer can soon be made from grain other than barley (Photo: Pixabay)
 Beer can soon be made from grain other than barley (Photo: Pixabay)

Those living with gluten intolerance, there's some new hope as a recent study has suggested that Witkop teff grains may be a good alternative to traditionally brewed barley beers.

Gluten based sensitivities impact millions of people each year, leading to a dramatic rise in gluten-free food products on grocery store shelves.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one percent of the global population has celiac disease, which results in the immune system attacking the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Currently, no medicinal treatments are available, and the only option is to follow a strict, gluten-free diet.

As a result, breweries have been exploring alternative grains, such as corn, rice and buckwheat, to replace barley in the malting and brewing process.

Teff, a small cereal native to Ethiopia that doesn't contain gluten, is another possibility that researchers have tested.

Now, Valeria Sileoni and colleagues wanted to examine, for the first time, the potential of a variety of teff called Witkop as a raw material for malting and brewing.

The researchers examined the Witkop teff malting process, in which grains are steeped, germinated and dried, to determine the optimum conditions.

Witkop teff took longer to malt than barley and the team found that the teff had different enzymes to break down sugars than barley.

The researchers concluded that Witkop teff grains have potential as a raw material for beer production but would likely require custom malting equipment on an industrial scale.

The study appears in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

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