A Novel Strategy for Minimizing Acid Whey Generation during Greek Yoghurt Production


Uduwerella, Gangani (2017) A Novel Strategy for Minimizing Acid Whey Generation during Greek Yoghurt Production. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


Greek yoghurt is thicker, creamier and surpasses regular yoghurt in terms of protein richness, flavour, texture and taste. Greek yoghurt attains this unique combination by incorporating straining at the end of the production process. However, such straining also generates whey with high lactic acid content, which can cause serious environmental problems unless properly disposed. Difficulties in post-process treatment of this whey stream still presents a main challenge for the industry although various approaches have been attempted. The necessity of developing techniques to reduce the acid whey production are thus importantly emphasized by the dairy industry. This present study aimed to explore an alternative strategy for Greek yoghurt production, which would reduce the amount of acid whey released. The main purpose of whey removal is to obtain desired concentration of total solids in the final Greek yoghurt. The proposed strategy thus aimed to increase the total solid level in initial milk base prior fermentation. This would potentially lead to lower levels of acid whey removal after fermentation. Therefore, the proposed technique would potentially provide a solution to the current acid whey issue. The study applied milk fortification and ultrafiltration techniques as two different approaches to obtain higher dry matter content of the initial milk base.

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Master of Science

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/34439
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0908 Food Sciences
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords minimising, dairy, MPC fortified milk, milk protein concentrate, pre-concentration, lactose
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