The Preparation Of Starchy Materials

Saccharification. Preparatory Mashing. With starchy materials it is first necessary to convert the starch into a sugar from which alcohol can be produced by the process of fermentation. This is called saccharification.

Gelatinizing. The first step in this process is gelatinizing the starch ;—that is, forming it into a paste by heating it with water, or into a liquid mass by steaming it under high pressure. The liquid or semiliquid mass is then run into a preparatory mash vat and cooled.

Saccharifying. The disintegrated raw materials or gelatinized starch in the preparatory mash vat is now to be "saccharified" or converted into sugar.

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