Chemical Analysis of Beer, Wort and Water with CDR BeerLab®

CDR BeerLab is the easy, fast and reliable testing system to be used directly at the brewery with no need of expertise in chemical analysis

The CDR BeerLab® is the analysis system built to analyze Beer, Wort and Water. The CDR BeerLab® is designed to perform process controls during each phases of your brewing process.

This versatile system is specifically devised by CDR to respond to the needs of master brewers and to breweries of all size from small to large enterprises. The CDR BeerLab® analysis system allows you to perform a wide range of tests on beer, wort and water with a single device, faster and with ease compared to the traditional methods, all while being totally in-house without having to rely on external laboratories.

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How are tests on beer performed with CDR BeerLab®?

Performing chemical analyses on beer, wort and water has never been as simple and fast! Water is tested as is while beer and wort just require an easy and rapid preparation.

All reagents are supplied pre-vialed and ready to use, and operators do not have to handle toxic or carcinogenic compounds; there is no need for a dedicated laboratory or washing of traditional glassware.

Discover how easy it is with CDR BeerLab®

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Download the Case study about in-house beer quality control in English brewerySince its installation, we have found the analyser to be accurate and easy to use. We are looking to list BAD Co. beer with a well-known national retailer and we wouldn’t be able to do that without in-house quality control using the BeerLab. []

Paul Holden-Ridgeway
head brewer of BAD Co.’s


CDR BeerLab® is reliable, easy to use and fast as confirmed by Campden BRI

An assessment of CDR BeerLab carried out by Campden BRI, the international referenceanalysis laboratoryThe international reference analysis laboratory Campden BRI carried out a comparative study between the analytical methods exploited by the CDR BeerLab® and the reference methods. The study concluded that:

“The correlation of analytical results obtained with CDR BeerLab® with the reference methods is very good for all types of tested beer and wort samples.”

Furthermore, the Campden BRI laboratory highlighted that:

  • The instrument is easy to use
  • The user interface is logical and simple
  • No calibration is needed
  • As compared with traditional methods, CDR BeerLab® analytical methods are much faster
  • The system has a low environmental impact due to minimum waste production and very low volumes of sample and reagents used

Evaluation of the determination of VDK and yeast vitality in beer with the CDR BeerLab® – CampdenBRI

Evaluation of new features (VDK, yeast vitality) of the CDR BeerLab® Analyser - Campden BRICDR Srl with QCL (QuadraChem Laboratories Ltd), the distributor of CDR products in United Kingdom, have requested to Campden BRI the evaluation of new VDKs concentration analysis and determination of yeast vitality, now available on the CDR BeerLab® Analyser.

The reference methods used are:
• Reference UKAS accredited VDK method (Campden BRI Method AM/008 based on Analytica-EBC, 9.24.2, 1999)
• The yeast acidification power test (APT), one of the most common vitality tests

Campden BRI study using the CDR BeerLab® Analyser showed that:

  • The instrument was easy to use
  • The user interface was logical and user friendly
  • Compared to the acidification power yeast vitality and the reference VDK methods, the CDR BeerLab® methods were much quicker
  • The system has a low environmental impact due to minimal waste production and the very low sample and reagent volumes required

CDR BeerLab® and the research of CNR for innovation in brewing process.

Beer-brewing powered by controlled hydrodynamic cavitation: Theory and real-scale experimentsThe important study “Beer-brewing powered by controlled hydrodynamic cavitation: Theory and real-scale experiments” is done by the Institute of Biometeorology of National Research Council (CNR) in Florence, Italy.

The chemical analysis for the inline control of the brewing process has be done by the CDR BeerLab®.

The results of this scientific paper are published in on the Journal of Cleaner Production and have received important independent reviews: as the article published in the authoritative Technology Review of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (“This Technology Is About to Revolutionize Beer-Making,” 2016), as well as the article in the Draft Magazine and the mention of the Cornell University Library.


CDR BeerLab® method for the determination of total SO2 in beer.

Papare on so2 determination method in beer with CDR BeerLabThe researchers of CDR chemical laboratories made a study to demonstrate the great accuracy and repeatability of CDR BeerLab® method for the determination of total sulfur dioxide SO2 in beer samples. It allows the brewers to achive optimal performance of measuring SO2 directly in their brewery.

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CDR BeerLab for Beer and Wort was last modified: December 14th, 2018 by CDR s.r.l.

Check the CDR BeerLab® System

CDR BeerLab® is a true testing laboratory; thanks to its compact size, it can be used in your brewery or virtually anywhere.


CDR BeerLab, the all-inclusive intuitive system for beer, wort and water chemical analyses: fast, simple, andreliable

  • An analyzer based on photometric technology, available in the standard or Junior version, equipped with state-of-the-art LED emitters, reading cells (4) and 37°C thermostated incubation cells (16).
  • A kit of low toxicity, disposable reagents. Reagents are pre-vialed, in package of 10 tests, 1 year shelf life, developed and produced by the research laboratories of CDR.
  • Pipettes allow for the collection of the correct volume of sample.
  • The Help function will lead you through the process “Step by Step
  • A graphic printer will immediately print the test results.



To test beer, wort and water during brewing process, CDR BeerLab® uses analytical procedures and dedicated reagents specifically developed by the research laboratories of CDR that allow:

  • a sample preparation that is quick and easy, when needed at all;
  • making analytic procedures extremely fast and easy;
  • removing all needs for complex calibration procedures.

Moreover, CDR BeerLab® allows for acceleration of the quality and process control analytical procedures because it features:

  • thermostated incubation cells
  • multitasking mode

These features allow performing several analyses at the same time on the same sample or sixteen different assays for the same parameter on a batch of different samples.

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Beer test Number of tests Code Measuring Range
Fermentable sugars 10 *300645 [0,1 – 150] g/L maltose
[0 – 10] %vv alcoholic increase
100 *300640
Bitterness 10 *300635 [5 – 100] IBU
100 *300630
Color 10 *300655 EBC [1-100] SRM [0,5-50]
100 *300650
Lactic acid D+L 10 *300715 [150 – 3500] ppm Lactic acid [D+L]
100 *300720
Alcohol by volume 10 *300735 [0 – 10] % vv
100 *300740
pH  10 *300625 [4,50 – 6,50]
100 *300620
Starch 10 *300615 [0,10 – 10] g/L
100 *300610
FAN (Free Amino Nitrogen) 10 *300785 [30 -300] ppm
100 *300780
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2) 10 *300865 [1 -30] mg/L
100 *300860
Vicinal Diketones (VDKs) 10 *300925 [ 0.10 – 2] ppm
100 *300930
Yeast Vitality 10 *300903 [0.2 – 2.5] AP
100 *300900
Acetic Acid 10 *300893 [20 – 220] mg/L
100 *300895
Water test Number of tests Code Measuring Range
Calcium 10 *300695 [5- 250] ppm
100 *300700
Magnesium 10 *300673 [2 – 50] ppm
100 *300675
Bicarbonates 10 *300663 [0 – 300] ppm
100 *300660
Chlorides 10 *300705 [100 – 500] ppm
100 *300710
Potassium 10 *300683 [50 – 500] ppm
100 *300680
Sulfates 10 *300685 [20 – 250] ppm
100 *300690
Zinc 10 *300845 [0.05 – 1] ppm
100 *300840


CDR BeerLab® chemical Analyzers for inline control in brewing process

  CDR BeerLab<sup>®</sup>: the analysis system for quality controls on beer directly at the brewery
New CDR BeerLab<sup>®</sup> Junior: the analysis system for quality controls on beer directly at the breweryCDR BEERLAB® JUNIOR

Beer and Wort:
Fermentable Sugars
Lactic Acid (D + L)
Alcohol Content
Free Aminio Nitrogen by OPA (FAN)
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2)
Vicinal diketones (VDKs) [new]
Yeast Vitality [new]


Configuration with tailored panel of analyses

Beer and Wort:
Fermentable Sugars
Lactic Acid (D + L)
Bitterness (IBU) [new]
Alcohol Content
Free Aminio Nitrogen by OPA (FAN)
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2)
Vicinal diketones (VDKs) [new]
Yeast Vitality [new]

Water: [new]


Simultaneous analyses 16 3
Possibility of running several tests on the same sample si
Incubation module 37˚C thermostatic block with 16 slots i 37˚C thermostated reading block with incubation function
Internal memory to store analysis results si si
Touch Screen Display si si
Printer si
USB host port to connect USB memories si
USB port to connect to a PC si si
Ethernet (LAN) port si
Wireless link for external printer si
Dimensions and weight 32 X 29,5 X 13 cm (L x P x  H) – 2,8 Kg 15 x 22 x 8,3 cm (L x P x H) – 0,80 Kg
Lithium ion battery si



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