Determination of Lactic Acid (D + L) in beer

CDR BeerLab® is the easy, fast and reliable testing system to be used directly at the brewery with no need of expertise in chemical analysisLactic Acid is the product of the fermentation made primarily by microbial activity. Its concentration is correlated to the total bacterial count. Therefore a chemical analysis for the determination of the concentration of lactic acid in beer is a useful indicator of the good storage of the beverage. Obviously a prompt and rapid control of this kind of parameter is more useful than ever. With CDR BeerLab® method you can carry out the analysis with a micro-quantity of sample in few minutes, obtaining reliable data.

The systems to test Lactic Acid (D + L) in beer and wort

Lactic Acidi (D+ L) can be measured using CDR BeerLab®, a system which enables you to carry out a wide panel of chemical analyses on beer and water, using a single instrument, in a process that is faster and simpler than traditional methods.
With CDR BeerLab® brewers and breweries of any size can independently carry out brewing process controls without having to rely on external laboratories.

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Analyses Beer, Wort and Water:
Bitterness (IBU)
Fermentable Sugars
Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
Acetic acid
Yeast Vitality
Vicinal Diketons (VDKs)
Total sulfur dioxide
Free Amino Nitrogen (FAN) by OPA
Lactic Acid (D + L)
Polyphenols in beer
Carbohydrates in Beer
Calcium in Beer and Water
Alkalinity of water
Bicarbonate in Water
Zinc in Water
Sulfate in Water
Magnesium in Water
Potassium in Water
Chloride in Water

Configuration with tailored panel of analyses

Simultaneous Sample Analyses 16 3
Multiple Analyses on a Sample si


Test type: End Point.
Time testing:  10 minutes.
Are possible test sessions with several samples, up to 16 tests for CDR BeerLab® and 3 tests for CDR BeerLab® Junior.

Test Principle

D-lactic acid and L-lactic acid are oxidized through an enzymatic reaction to pyruvic acid with the consequent production of NADH. The increase of absorbance, measured at 366 nm in end-point, is proportional to the lactic acid concentration of the sample. The result is expressed in ppM.

Calibration Curve

Calibration curve obtained with samples of known values.

Calibration curve of Lactic Acid  (D+L) analysis in beer and wort perfomed by CDR BeerLab

Reagent test Kits

The reagents are packaged in foil pouches containing 10 tubes useful to perform 10 analyses.

This is the minimum package that allows the use of CDR systems even to those who need to make a few analyses, thus not wasting reagents.

There are also boxes of 100 tests, however, packaged in 10 bags of 10 tubes containing the reagent.

Code *300715 – The kit, designed for 10 tests

Code *300720 – The kit, designed for 100 tests

The reagents have a shelf-life of 12 months.

Processing of Sample Volume 

Use on beer or wort. The beer sample needs to be degassed (we recommend to use an ultrasonic bath) before taking the sample. For higher accuracy in the analysis of wort we recommend to centrifuge the sample.

Measuring Range

Analysis Measuring range Resolution Repeatability
Total lactic acid (D+L) 150 – 3500 ppm 1 ppm 2 ppm

Reagents developed by CDR S.r.l - Quality System Certified ISO 9001 Ed. 2015 - Certificate n. 9115

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With the CDR system, you can perform your tests in total autonomy

Neither skilled staff nor a dedicated external laboratory is needed to use our systems. CDR FoodLab® optimizes traditional testing methods, making them faster and easier, while guaranteeing accuracy standards in line with the reference methods.

Analytical kit

CDR FoodLab® Analysis Systems use disposable pre-vialed reagents specifically developed by the research laboratories of CDR. The use of pre-vialed reagents and the analytical procedures allow:

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

Reagents come in aluminum packages containing 10 test tubes each to perform 10 tests (or packages for 100 tests containing 10 single packages of 10 test tubes each).

Just a few steps and results are yielded right away

Just a few steps will suffice to carry out your analysis in a rapid way in total autonomy. The system is composed of both the analyzer based on photometric technology and a kit of low toxicity, pre-vialed reagents, developed by CDR.

CDR FoodLab® is cost-effective because it does not require the use of expensive equipment and does not entail maintenance, assistance or calibration costs.
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