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Beer Spoilage Analysis

Beer and Agriculture
Beer is an important agricultural commodity . Brewers rely on farmers for their ingredients, and farmers also depend on brewers. The livelihoods of farmers around the world depend on supplying beer’s ingredients.

Most breweries have implemented bacterial monitoring throughout their process. These programs are mostly based on traditional culture methods or test kits. These methods have a limited decision making effectiveness due to their limitations:

  • They are time consuming and do not allow an early warning of contamination.
  • They display weak sensitivity, when even one single spoilage bacteria can cause full batch damage.
  • They are not specific. Bacteria identification is needed to determine contamination sources.
  • Kits can be expensive. Personnel and facilities are not always available.

Being part of the Food Safety  industry we utilize state of the art qPCR technology and accredited  microbiologists  to perform these tests. This technology along with the use of an accredited third-party lab ensures you of receiving timely, reliable and unbiased results to protect your brand.

Protect You Brand
Bacterial spoilage risk is a major concern for quality-oriented food and beverage industries as it generates high economic losses and negatively impacts brand image. Even though beer is quite resistant to bacterial growth due to its characteristics (low pH, ethanol
concentration, low oxygen content), breweries are no exception to this rule. A few bacterial genera, including Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Pectinatus, and Megasphaera, can cause beer spoilage such as off-flavors, turbidity or acidity.

Test includes Identification of  21 Spoilage Microorganisms

  • Lactobacillus brevis
  • Lactobacillus lindneri
  • Lactobacillus backii
  • Lactobacillus collinoides and L. paracollinoides
  • Lactobacillus group: L. casei, L. paracasei, coryniformis, L. rossiae, L. parabuchneri (= frigidus) perolens and L. plantarum
  • Pediococcus (P. damnosus, P. inopinatus, P. claussenii)
  • Pectinatus (P. cerevisiiphilus, P. frisingensis, P. haikarae,  portalensis)
  • Megasphaera spp. (M. cerevisiae, M. elsdenii)

Rapid and Reliable Results
In most cases results will be emailed same day received for routine quality control samples or suspected problem samples. Enriched samples can be analyzed to evaluate extremely low levels of bacteria that can effect storage or shelf life. Enrichment times are typically 48-72 hours. Each set of samples is analyzed using positive controls using approved methods to ensure  reliable results.