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Identification of the characteristic taste, aroma compounds and the corresponding precursors in pigmented rice wine

Yotmanee, S. (2018) Identification of the characteristic taste, aroma compounds and the corresponding precursors in pigmented rice wine. PhD thesis, University of Reading

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Rice wine (Sake) is an alcoholic beverage which is produced using glutinous rice, fungi and yeast. It has a pale yellow to clear colour, umami taste and fruity aroma. Moreover, pigmented rice wine has been consumed in Asian countries for a long time, and the taste and flavour are distinctly different to Sake. Whereas Sake is produced from high polished rice and shows more clear colour and pleasant fruity aroma, whole pigmented rice is used to produce pigmented rice wine and its taste and aroma profiles are less known. In order to understand the differences in flavour and taste, commercial polished and unpolished pigmented rice wines were analysed for taste (sugars, organic acids, amino acids, phenolic acids, diketopiperazines (DKPs) and γ-glutamyl peptides) and aroma compounds. This study showed that compounds responsible for sweet, sour and metallic notes were found in commercial rice wines. These were attributed to glucose, acetic acid, cyclo(leucine-proline) and cyclo(isoleucine-proline). The aroma compounds in commercial rice wines were extracted using solid phase microextraction (SPME) and solid phase extraction (SPE) and analysed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and GC-Olfactometry. Guaiacol and 4-vinylguaiacol were found to be the characteristic aroma compounds responsible for smoky-spicy note in commercial pigmented rice wine. The brewing process for pigmented rice wine was investigated to develop a constant and reproducible protocol for brewing of pigmented rice wine which can be used to investigate the formation of taste and aroma compounds. The pigmented rice was cooked by steaming or pressure cooking. The cooked rice was saccharified using Aspergillus oryzae, and fermented using Saccharomyces cerevisiae at 25 °C or 30 °C. This study showed that steaming was suitable for cooking rice. The brewing that was selected was 2 days for saccharification and 9 days for fermentation at 30 °C. These conditions were based on obtaining higher concentration of sugars and ethanol. To study the formation of characteristic taste and aroma in pigmented rice wine, rice wines were brewed using unpolished (0%), 30% polished, 50% polished and 65% polished pigmented rice. They were analysed for taste and aroma compounds, and their precursors. The taste of lab-scale brewed rice wine was different from the commercial ones because astringent mouthfeel (gallic acid and protocatechuic acid) and umami were mainly found in lab-scale brewed rice wines, especially 0% RW. The bran increased the concentration of glutamic acid, phenolic acids and γ-glutamyl peptides (γ-glu-gly, γ-glu-his and γ-glu-tyr). The aroma compounds analysis also showed that guaiacol, 4-vinylguaiacol and vanillin were significantly and substantially increased in 0% RW. However, only guaiacol was found to be the characteristic aroma which contributed smoky-spicy note in 0% RW. This is consistent with sensory analysis which showed that a higher intensity of smoky-spicy note was found in 0% RW, compared to others. This study also confirmed that phenolic acids were derived from the pigmented rice bran by fungi and yeast during brewing. Vanillic acid was decarboxylated to form guaiacol. Moreover, guaiacol was also formed from unpolished pigmented rice by steaming. The sensory analysis confirmed that guaiacol was the key aroma compound which contributed smoky-spicy note in pigmented rice wine.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Supervisor:Oruna-Concha, M. and Parker, J.
Thesis/Report Department:School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:85243


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