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, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 3–12 | Cite as

Dissolved Silicon and Its Origin in Belgian Beers—A Multivariate Analysis

  • Jonas Schoelynck
  • Olivier Beauchard
  • Sander Jacobs
  • Kris Bal
  • Lúcia Barão
  • Adriaan Smis
  • Jonathan Van Bergen
  • Floor Vandevenne
  • Patrick Meire
  • Tom Van der Spiet
  • Anne Cools
  • Dimitri Van Pelt
  • Martin J. Hodson
  • Eric StruyfEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Beer is a quintessential part of Belgian heritage. We performed a detailed analysis of factors controlling Si content in Belgian beers as a case study to coincide with the 2011 IBiS meeting in Antwerp (Belgium). Beer is one of the richest dietary sources of Si. Three decades of research have yielded evidence of a role for Si in human physiology: it plays an essential role in bone mineral density and reduces the biological availability of aluminium. We analysed 119 Belgian beers: highest dissolved Si concentrations were found in high fermentation, traditionally brewed ales. Concentrations ranged between 214 and 2,071 μmol L − 1. This is probably due to the complexity and length of the brewing procedure: longer, more complicated processing and presence of brewing sediment in the bottle allows more Si to dissolve out of the base products like hop, barley or even rice. As a side effect of fermentation, alcohol content was related to Si content.

Keywords

Silicon Beer Belgium Barley Fermentation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas Schoelynck
    • 1
  • Olivier Beauchard
    • 1
  • Sander Jacobs
    • 1
  • Kris Bal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lúcia Barão
    • 1
  • Adriaan Smis
    • 1
  • Jonathan Van Bergen
    • 3
  • Floor Vandevenne
    • 1
  • Patrick Meire
    • 1
  • Tom Van der Spiet
    • 1
  • Anne Cools
    • 1
  • Dimitri Van Pelt
    • 1
  • Martin J. Hodson
    • 4
  • Eric Struyf
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Ecosystem Management Research GroupUniversity of AntwerpWilrijkBelgium
  2. 2.Division Department of Biodiversity, School of Molecular and Life SciencesUniversity of LimpopoLimpopoSouth-Africa
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Primary and Interdisciplinary Care (PICA)University of AntwerpWilrijkBelgium
  4. 4.Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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