Protafloc Tablets 1kg *****


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PROTAFLOC TABLETS are a tabletted carrageenan product which is added to the wort in the kettle to enhance protein removal as the wort cools.

 

Benefits

 

• Natural product which removes substantial quantities of haze forming material without affecting head retention

• Produces brighter worts, reducing the amount of finings required later

• Increases rate of fermentation and attenuation

• Increases filter runs

• Prolongs shelf life in small pack beers

• Reduces process time

• Is a processing aid not an additive so doesn’t require label declaration

• Reduced tank losses

• 5-10% more efficient than competitive products

• Tabletted for easy use

 

Principle

 

The active ingredient in PROTAFLOC TABLETS is a polysaccharide called carrageenan which is derived from seaweed. Carrageenan in solution is negatively charged, owing to the sulphate groups along the polysaccharide backbone. It is these charged sites which interact with wort proteins.

 

In solution at temperatures above 65°C, the carrageenan has a random coil structure. As the wort cools the carrageenan takes a much more compact and ordered helical structure which is thought to drag the protein particles together to form aggregates. The aggregates, having a larger particle radius, settle faster.

 

Kettle finings are added in the kettle only to allow the carrageenan to dissolve. Wort proteins react with carrageenan as the wort cools and settle as a cold break during fermentation to be removed along with the excess yeast.

 

As the levels of kettle finings increase, the fine particle counts in each of the size bands decrease. It should be noted that the particles below 2 microns are mostly responsible for blinding filter pores.

 

Since Kettle Finings remove both particulate and soluble protein, and soluble protein is a component of chill haze, it is unsurprising that the colloidal stability of kettle fined beers is enhanced.

 

Application

 

PROTAFLOC TABLETS should be added to the kettle ten minutes prior to the end of the boil. The addition time reflects the length of time required to dissolve and disperse the carrageenan into the wort. Should PROTAFLOC TABLETS be added early in the boil, then degradation of the polymer may occur and product efficiency is lost.

 

The reaction between wort proteins and carrageenan is pH dependant and occurs at an optimum pH of 5.3. Below pH 4.4, the reaction does not occur and little benefit is gained from using Kettle finings

 

Rates of Use

 

The exact rate for a given wort will vary according to the brewery, the recipe and the types of malt and adjuncts used. When the dose rate increases, the clarity improves, but the level of sediment increases. Over-fining will give rise to beer losses in fermentation vessel.

 

Weaker beers, or those using syrups - 0.6-1.25 Tablet/ hl

Standard beers, all malt grists - 0.8 - 2 Tablet/ hl

Stronger or high nitrogen adjunct beers - 1.8-2.9 Tablet/ hl

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