Reference : Characteristics of African traditional beers brewed with sorghum malt: a review
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Life sciences : Food science
Characteristics of African traditional beers brewed with sorghum malt: a review
Lyumugabe, F. []
Gros, J. []
Nzungize, J. []
Bajyana, E. []
Thonart, Philippe mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la vie > Biochimie et microbiologie industrielles >]
Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement
Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux
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[en] Cereals ; sugar ; fermentation ; malt ; sorghum grain ; beers
[en] Traditional sorghum beers are produced in several countries of Africa, but variations in the manufacturing process may occur depending on the geographic localization. These beers are very rich in calories, B-group vitamins including thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin and nicotinic acid, and essential amino acids such as lysine. However, the traditional sorghum beer is less attractive than Western beers because of its poorer hygienic quality, organoleptic variations and shorter shelf life. Research into the microbiological and biochemical characteristics of traditional sorghum beers as well as their technologies have been performed and documented in several African countries. This review aims to summarize the production processes and compositional characteristics of African traditional sorghum beers (ikigage, merissa, doro, dolo, pito, amgba and tchoukoutou).
It also highlights the major differences between these traditional beers and barley malt beer, consumed worldwide, and suggests adaptations that could be made to improve the production process of traditional sorghum beer.

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