Application of Schizosaccharomyces japonicus in makgeolli fermentation and its brewing characteristics

Juyong Choi, Sun Young Park, Min Kyung Park, Young Suk Kim, Chorong Ahn, Ye Jin Kim, Cheon Seok Park

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Recently, unconventional yeasts have become popular as fermentation starters in the brewing industry due to the growing consumer demand for aromatic diversity. Specifically, Schizosaccharomyces japonicus has been explored as a potential starter culture for beer and wine production because of its distinct brewing characteristics; however, its application in makgeolli fermentation has not been tested. Therefore, in the present study, two Sz. japonicus strains (SZJ-1 and SZJ-2) were isolated from natural sources, and their brewing characteristics for makgeolli fermentation were compared with those of commercial S. cerevisiae strain. Although the tested isolates showed a lower fermentation and carbon source consumption rate than control-, their overall alcohol fermentation characteristics were suitable for makgeolli production. Regarding flavor composition, Sz. japonicus-fermented makgeolli possessed more ester compounds (e.g., 2-phenylethyl acetate, ethyl acetate, and ethyl decanoate) than S. cerevisiae-fermented makgeolli. Therefore, Sz. japonicus can be used as an alternative culture starter in makgeolli fermentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383-1393
Number of pages11
JournalFood Science and Biotechnology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute of Biological Resources (Grant Numbers NIBR202102107 and NIBR202203112).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology.


  • Alternative yeast starter
  • Brewing
  • Makgeolli
  • Malic acid
  • Schizosaccharomyces japonicus


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