May 10, 2016

10/05/2016: Durum wheat debranning - by OCRIM
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First published in Milling and Grain, March 2016

Debranning has the aim to remove the outer layers of the pericarp from wheat kernels. Increasing number of industrial and research studies reports the advantages of debranning Durum wheat prior to milling:

  • It will improve the yield and refinement of semolina in durum wheat milling, as the quantity of bran that contaminates the product will be significantly lower.
  • Debranning will ensure a higher chemical safety of the products coming out from milling, as the main contaminants rate is contained in the bran layers (mycotoxins).
  • Debranning can lower capital investment because mill flow is shortened (it needs less break and separation phases to reach the desired semolina or flour refinement).
  • It speeds up the hydration process of grain prior to the milling phase (without the pericarp layers, the water penetration inside the kernel is faster and more uniform).
  • If desired, debranning can allow removing the seed coat layers one by one, separately from the aleurone layer. This offers the opportunity for a products diversification.           

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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