Salvatore Sparacio (1); (1) SIMATEC Beer Plant Engineering & Manufacturing, Vaie, Italy
Several studies have demonstrated the health benefits of hop
polyphenols, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and
anti-carcinogenic properties. A higher amount of polyphenols in beer
also has a positive effect on beer quality and longer shelf life. As new
brewing technology enables lesser oxidation and better control of other
parameters, research is now focused on how the extraction of hop
polyphenols can be maximized. A preliminary comparative analysis of
traditional and newer brewing technology indicates experimental data
support the hypothesis of higher hop polyphenols in the final product.
Currently an independent university research center is focused on
reproducing the experiment to test a larger data set and investigate the
chemical processes that would explain such results. This independent
research will be presented by mid-July 2016.
Salvatore Sparacio is brewer and sales manager at SIMATEC
Impiantibirra, a leader in the beer plant engineering and manufacturing
sector. With an engineering and business degree, and 10 years of
hands-on experience in the brewing industry, also as brewery owner and
production manager, he has gained a comprehensive expertise in all
aspects of brewhouse operations, with a major focus on innovation.
SIMATEC owns two patents for a whirlpool paddle that converts a kettle
into a brewhouse and for the modular brewhouse, with proven benefits for
higher productivity and sustainable growth.