Consolidated Analysis — Consistent Quality: multiple analytes from multiple samples

Although beer is typically brewed from four basic ingredients: water, yeast, malt and hops, the diversity across the finished products is vast. Quality beer starts with quality water. The water quality used for the beer brewing process significantly affects the brand signature and ultimately affects customer retention and expansion. For brewers, the compounds of interest range from point of entry water testing for  top five feed water chemical parameters that can influence beer quality. To determine the extent of fermentation involves accurate determination of sugars, organic acids, sulfites and hop bittering, principles that contribute to overall taste and bitterness—to proteins. Today’s labs analyze beer to determine the concentration of added preservatives and colorants, in addition to ensuring manufacturing authenticity.

To achieve consistent quality and taste for beer, laboratories must analyze multiple parameters—often requiring multiple automated instruments. Yet, while each instrument offers precise and accurate results on its own, the entire process is not as fast or automated as it could be, which can impact your efficiency and throughput.

 

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If your lab relies on traditional flow injection analysis (FIA) or segmented flow analysis (SFA), the benefits of high throughput, multi-parameter analysis are within reach. With Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer, you can put the power of technology to work for you— helping you deliver more results in less time. Plus, our technical consultants can optimize your methods from FIA to the Gallery platform to ensure complete success. Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer deliver reliable analyses for multiple parameters, within a single instrument requiring only one technician.

For growing laboratories that perform routine brewing and malting analysis while experiencing increased demand for routine analytical services, Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer automate labor-intensive and time-consuming beer, malt and wort testing. The discrete analyzer simultaneously automates the determination of analytes, like beta-glucan, NOPA and SO2, from a single sample—offering fast sample turnaround and expanding your laboratory’s analytical capabilities. Automated discrete analysis is also more flexible—able to perform many different reactions within a single instrument thus simultaneously analyzing multiple analytes—all managed by one technician. Furthermore, Gallery discrete analyzers are the only systems that use a completely disposable cuvette where the reaction occurs, ensuring the integrity of your results.

Mastering beer analysis: multiple analytes from multiple samples

Thermo Scientific Gallery discrete analyzers make beer analysis easy in today’s labs. A smart investment to perform in-house quality control from feed water to beer. The Gallery discrete analyzers help in testing the quality, consistency, and purity of the final product, with one easy-to-use system and low cost-per-test. Gallery and Gallery Plus discrete analyzers automate manual wet chemistry methods, photometric (colorimetric and enzymatic), and electrochemical (pH and conductivity) analysis, mimicking the operation of lab chemists, to provide fast, reproducible results in a compact, benchtop design. The discrete cell technology allows laboratories to measure multiple analytes simultaneously while reducing total analysis and operator time. Gallery discrete analyzer, with miniaturized components and unique low-volume cuvette design, accommodates small reagent volumes, minimizes reagent waste, and reduces analysis cost.

 

Gallery discrete analyzers

Gallery Plus Beermaster Discrete Analyzer

Dedicated for beer, cider, malt, and wort analysis, the Thermo Scientific Gallery Plus Beermaster Discrete Analyzer can accommodate 108 samples and 42 reagents in its separated sample and reagent disks, with the capacity to perform up to 350 photometric tests per hour and 8 bitterness tests per hour with the BCM.

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Gallery Plus Discrete Analyzer

Accommodate 108 samples and 42 reagents in its separated sample and reagent disks, with the capacity to perform up to 350 tests per hour with the Thermo Scientific Gallery Plus Discrete Analyzer.

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Gallery Discrete Analyzer
 

The Thermo Scientific Gallery Discrete Analyzer includes a combined sample and reagent disk for a maximum capacity of 90 samples and 30 reagents, with the capacity to perform up to 200 tests per hour.

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Gallery system reagents for brewing and malting analysis

Ready to use reagents for beer analysis: compliance with confidence

Ensuring confidence in the quality of results, the methods used for beer, wort and malt analysis in the Gallery Plus Beermaster are well known enzymatic and colorimetric chemistries optimized to the result levels of the international reference methods like ASBC, EBC and MEBAK. Ready-to-use liquid reagents eliminate reagent preparation saving time in the daily work. Moreover, the volume optimized system kits minimize reagent waste. Thermo Scientific Gallery system reagents for brewing and malting analysis save your technician’s time by eliminating reagent preparation, thus reducing errors and ensuring confidence in the quality of results.

Over 40 ready-to-use Gallery system reagents for water, beer, and malt analysis are available in barcoded vials, enabling identification data, such as lot and expiration date, to be read automatically by the barcode reader. Automated dilutions make it possible to apply methods for a wide range of analyte concentrations, with many test applications based on recommended international standard methods used across the world. Save time and reduce errors by simplifying your analysis with the Gallery system reagents for water, beer, and malt analysis.

 

Beer analysis – Analytes of interest

Why operate multiple analyzers, when you can do all your essential testing with one? With the liberating technology of Thermo Scientific Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer you can deliver reliable analyses for multiple parameters—like bitterness, acidity and sugar content—all from a single sample. This system’s automated workflow and fast analysis work together to ensure high throughput and low cost-per-test. Because the instrument operates without manual intervention, your staff can enjoy walkaway productivity and focus on more strategic tasks in the lab. More testing, from fewer instruments and with fewer techs. Now that’s smart.

Important malt and beer parameters

Organic Acids

  • Acetic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • D-Gluconic Acid
  • L-Glutamic Acid
  • D-Isocitric Acid
  • D-Lactic Acid
  • Formic Acid*
  • L-Ascorbic Acid
  • L-Lactic Acid
  • L-Malic Acid
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Total Acids

Titration Parameters

  • Free and Total Sulfur Dioxide
  • Titratable Acidity*

Process Critical Parameters

  • Acetaldehyde
  • Alpha amylase
  • Ammonia
  • Beta Glucan
  • Bitterness*
  • Ethanol
  • Glycerol
  • L-Asparagine
  • Total Polyphenol*
  • Total Protein
  • Urea iron

Sugars

  • D-Fructose
  • D-Glucose
  • Maltose
  • Sucrose

Important source water and wastewater parameters

Anions

  • Chloride
  • Fluoride
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Phosphate
  • Sulfate
  • Sulfide*
  • Thiocyanate*

Nutrients

  • Ammonia
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Phosphate
  • Total Kjeldal Nitrogen (TKN)*
  • Total Oxidizable Nitrogen (TON)
  • Total Phosphate*

Environmental Water Testing

  • Alkalinity
  • Aluminum*
  • Boron*
  • Conductivity
  • Free and Total Cyanide
  • Manganese*
  • Molybdenum*
  • pH
  • Total Hardness
  • Total Iron
  • Total Phenol*
  • Zinc*

Cations

  • Ammonia
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

* Third party reagents

Automated bitterness testing

The Bitterness unit (BCM), an integrated coated capillary column within the Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer, includes unique automated pretreatment and measurement for bitterness. The traditional manual test for bitterness is slow and laborious, and uses liquid-liquid extraction with isooctane, which must be disposed of properly. The system’s bitterness module, on the other hand, uses ‘green’ solid-phase extraction ahead of a fully-automated testing protocol. During the automated process, the beer bittering substances are first extracted from interfering compounds present in the sample matrix, and then measured at 275 nm approximately eight bitterness tests per hour. With the BCM in use, the Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer can accommodate 72 samples. Your lab will increase efficiency in beer, malt, and wort quality control while saving significant time in sample pretreatment and analysis—ultimately improving lab productivity.

 

Resources

Quality attributes of beverage testing by integrated wet chemical analyzer

An integrated discrete analyzer simultaneously automates analysis from a single sample offering fast turnaround, reduced human error, reduced reagent use, and expanded laboratory analytical capabilities.

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Combine selectivity and sensitivity for rapid multi-parameter sugar analysis with automated discrete analyzers

This executive summary provides an overview of a recent Thermo Fisher Scientific webinar presented by Dr. Hari Narayanan on Rapid Sugar Analysis by Automated Discrete Analyzer.

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Analytical guide for routine beverage analysis

It is imperative that beverage producers use the best analytical tools to ensure their products are of the highest and most consistent quality, and their laboratory is running most effectively. This informative eBook covers a diverse range of parameters that influence an equally diverse range of product characteristics such as organic acids, sugars, water, alcohol, metals, enzymes, and other process critical parameters.

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Fully integrated multi-parameter analysis

The Gallery discrete analyzer offers capabilities and benefits that are essential for beer, malt and barley testing as part of the brewing and beer production process. The analyzer offers higher throughput with very low reagent and sample consumption, reducing waste and costs. Gallery Beer analyzer’s flexibility and versatility enables laboratories to expand their in-house analytical abilities, ensure quality and consistency, and increase profitability and performance.

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