Beta-glucan is a group of polysaccharides, which is found in the cell well of corn. The polymer is degraded to short chains or/and it’s monomer in the malting process.
The short chains and monomers archive a higher solubility, through the chain cutting. The higher solubility affects, that beta-glucan is carried through the mashing-process. The problem arises, because beta-glucan increases the viscosity of the mash and wort. This elongates the time allocated for filtering, or in rare instances blocking the filtering entirely.
Beta-glucan is a double edged sword, as it is shown to possess several heathy benefits for cancer and blood clotting.
The beta-glucan content is therefore, of severe importance for the brewer. The content can be analyzed through different reference methods, including EBC – 3.10.2 or MEBAK 110.43.174.
In the two reference methods, we are listed as the supplier for the reagents. Our full sales catalog, can be seen below:
|Beta-glucan Standard, 300 mg/L, 200 mL||DHB12|
|Beta-glucan Standard, 500 mg/L, 45 mL||DHB13|
|Calcofluor reagent II, 500 mL||DHB16|
|Calcofluor pulver, 1 g||DHB14|
|Calcofluor pulver, 5 g||DHB15|