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Plant-based Brewing Processing Aids: Kerry’s Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco

Plant-based Brewing Processing Aids: Kerry’s Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco

The Future of Sustainable Brewing

A Shift Towards Plant-based Processing Aids

When it comes to brewing beer, there are a lot of factors that can impact the final product. From the ingredients used to the brewing process itself, every step can make a difference in the taste, aroma, and overall quality of the beer.

One often overlooked aspect of brewing is the use of processing aids – substances added during the brewing process to help clarify or stabilize the beer. Traditionally, these processing aids have been made from animal-derived products such as gelatin, isinglass, and egg whites.

However, as consumers become more conscious of their impact on the planet and demand for vegan and plant-based products rises, the brewing industry is starting to shift towards more sustainable and ethical processing aids. This is where Kerry’s new Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco come in.

What Are Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco?

Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco are both plant-based processing aids developed by Kerry, a global leader in taste and nutrition solutions. These aids are specifically designed for the brewing industry and can help brewers achieve greater clarity, stability, and foam control in their beers.

Biofine Eco is made from modified cellulose, a natural polymer derived from wood pulp. It works by binding to yeast and other solids in the beer and settling them to the bottom of the fermenter, resulting in a clearer beer. Biofine Eco is vegan, non-allergenic, and biodegradable, making it a great option for brewers looking to reduce their impact on the environment.

FermCap Eco, on the other hand, is made from a blend of plant-derived oils and foam inhibitors. It can be added to the fermenter during the boil to help control foaming, resulting in less mess and more efficient brewing. FermCap Eco is also vegan and non-allergenic, making it a great option for brewers with dietary restrictions or concerns.

The Benefits of Plant-based Processing Aids

Switching to plant-based processing aids has several benefits for brewers and consumers alike. First and foremost, it allows brewers to meet the growing demand for vegan and plant-based products without sacrificing quality or flavor.

Plant-based processing aids are also more sustainable and ethical than their animal-derived counterparts. Traditional processing aids such as gelatin and isinglass are made from animal products that are often sourced from unethical or unsustainable practices. In contrast, plant-based processing aids like Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco are made from renewable and biodegradable resources.

In addition, plant-based processing aids may also have a smaller environmental footprint than animal-derived options. For example, the production of Biofine Eco has been shown to result in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional animal-derived processing aids.

The Future of Brewing with Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco

Kerry’s Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco are exciting developments in the world of sustainable brewing. Not only do they offer a more ethical and sustainable alternative to traditional animal-derived processing aids, but they also provide brewers with greater control and efficiency during the brewing process.

As consumer demand for plant-based products continues to rise and more breweries prioritize sustainability, it’s likely we’ll see even more innovations in plant-based processing aids. With Biofine Eco and FermCap Eco leading the way, the future of brewing is looking brighter – and more eco-friendly – than ever before.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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