What is fermentation?

  • (noun): A chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances.
    Synonyms: ferment
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on fermentation:

List Of University Of Manchester People - Natural and Applied Sciences - Biology and Chemistry
... chemistry Arthur Harden (awarded Nobel prize in 1929), for investigations on the fermentation of sugar and fermentative enzymes ... Chaim Weizmann, discovered how to use bacterial fermentation to produce large quantities of desired substances and is considered to be the father of industrial fermentation ...
Carl Neuberg
... as well as investigating and classifying different types of fermentation ... he developed a theory of the alcoholic fermentation of glucose ... war effort in World War I, manufacturing glycerol—for the production of explosives—by the fermentation of sugar ...
Clarification And Stabilization Of Wine - Stabilization - Microbiological Instability
... If both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation have run to completion, and neither excessive oxygen nor Brettanomyces yeast are present, this ought to cause no problems ... sugar, however, it may undergo secondary fermentation, creating dissolved carbon dioxide as a by-product ... Similarly, a wine that has not been put through complete malolactic fermentation may undergo it in bottle, reducing its acidity, generating carbon dioxide, and adding a ...
Methanobrevibacter Smithii - Importance in The Human Gut
... is significant to understanding how hydrogen metabolism affects the efficiency of fermentation of dietary components ... gut reduces the efficiency of microbial fermentation as well as the yield of energy ... supports methanogenic and nonmethanogenic removal of diverse bacterial end products of fermentation ...
Commercial Sorghum - Cultivation and Uses - Alcoholic Beverages
... African sorghum beer brewed using grain sorghum undergoes lactic acid fermentation, as well as alcoholic fermentation ... The steps in brewing African sorghum beer are malting, mashing, souring and alcoholic fermentation ... The souring of African sorghum beer by lactic acid fermentation is responsible for the distinct sour taste ...

More definitions of "fermentation":

  • (noun): A process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol.
    Synonyms: zymosis, zymolysis, fermenting, ferment

Famous quotes containing the word fermentation:

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