Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 June 2009
Four models describing renneting kinetics are evaluated for their ability to describe well documented attributes of the coagulation of casein micelles. The first model is based on a constant flocculation rate parameter. In the second the flocculation rate constant is proportional to the product of the sizes of the aggregating particles. Both models fail to predict proper dependence of rennet coagulation time on enzyme concentration. The third model is based on an energy barrier being reduced in linear proportion to the degree of proteolysis. The enzyme dependency of this model only works when the initial energy barrier is larger than ∼ 50 kBT (where kB is Boltzmann's constant and T the absolute temperature), which does not seem feasible. The fourth model, based on functionality theory, is able to predict proper dependence of rennet coagulation time on enzyme concentration when functionality is ∼ 2.