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Brewing Science

Themes of research within the group include:

  • Development of high/ very high gravity fermentations 
  • Beer sensory quality and flavour stability 
  • Yeast stress and fermentation performance 
  • Malting process development and malting quality aspects of barley 
  • Use of brewery waste and lignocellulosic materials for bioethanol production 
  • Impacts of mixing on fermentation performance at industrial scale 
  • Increased malting and brewing process efficiency through reduction of energy and water inputs

Brewing Science


Brewers attending a workshop on wort production held at the University of Nottingham’s experimental brewing facilities at Sutton Bonington campus.

Key aims and expertise

The University of Nottingham is a centre of excellence for brewing technologies and research, based within the Division of Food Sciences. Our scientists work with the brewing industry to meet the challenges of the 21st century; researching novel process developments targeted towards increased sustainability, efficient resource usage and minimising waste or effluents. The approach is truly multi-disciplinary, providing new solutions by bringing together expertise in crop science, malting, brewing, engineering, novel materials and environmental science.

Current projects

Strategies Against Fusarium Effective in Malting Barley (SAFEMalt project) - COOK

Yeast stress and fermentation performance – POWELL

Testing the emotional response of consumers to beer - HORT

Significant results

  • The ‘at scale’ mixing system for fermentation we have been testing is now being trialled by many of the world’s major brewers.
  • The SAFEMalt project has clearly demonstrated the economic (yield) value to farmers of a T3 fungicide treatment for barley 
  • Yeast strains differ with regard to their genetic stability

Research team

Related research

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Brewing Science

The University of Nottingham
B24 Food Sciences, Sutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6222