A Sensing System for Continuous Monitoring of Bread Dough During Fermentation
Assessment of fermentation as the heart of the bread making process is of significant importance. For this mean a variety of methods and devices have already been
invented but have always faced drawbacks such as limitation in predicting and monitoring the fermentation in situ, due to fluctuating fermentation conditions. The aim
of this study is manufacturing of a system for continuous, accurate and simultaneous monitoring of pressure and temperature of bread dough in real fermentation condition
by means of in-contact measurement of dough pressure during fermentation. In this research a new method in terms of dough pressure and temperature measurement
during fermentation was designed in which the instrument was given the name of “fermetron”; then its precision and correctness on different flours were validated
according to reliable rheological tests using alveograph and rheofermentometer.
Given the close trends among parameters of rheofermentometer and alveograph with those of fermetron, its validation in regard to monitoring dough fermentation
was confirmed. The tests results, while confirming the accuracy and precision of the fermetron performance, show the significant effect of the flour sample quality on the
process of fermentation. Fermetron exhibits the pressure evaluation results graphically. Each graph includes five main parts which is correspondent to dough state in
terms of gas production initiation, gas production rate, gas retention, gas release, yeast activity end, and multistage gas release, respectively.