Simple and fast chemical analysis of beer and water for quality control in brewing process directly in the brewery

Chemical analysis for Beer quality control in breweries without the support of personnel with no previous specific lab tech experience

Are you the owner of a brewery? Are you a master brewer and are looking for an analyzer to perform quality control in your brewing process? Are you a consultant for breweries? We have the most appropriate analysis system for your business.

 CDR BeerLab®CDR BeerLab: the chemical analyzing system for beer quality control in every stage of brewing process in brewery: the self-contained analyzer to perform chemical analyses on beer, wort and water for in-house brewing process control.

Thanks to CDR BeerLab®, you no longer have to send beer or wort samples to dedicated external laboratories. Beer analysis methods are quick and easy to use. The results of the tests are available in real time so as to be able to promptly take key decisions during the brewing process.

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How it can help you to perform analysis for beer quality control

The analytical system built to analyze Beer, Wort, and Water, CDR BeerLab®

  • is easy to use: you can perform the tests directly in the brewery, during any phase of the brewing process even if you are not a chemical lab specialist;
  • exploits optimized analytical methods that are simple and fast, with no risks for the operator, with no waste and without having to be equipped with a laboratory;
  • removes the need to rely on dedicated external laboratories;
  • enables to take key decisions in a timely manner: results on dozens of samples are obtained in just a few minutes;
  • provides accurate results, which are verified by correlation and compliance curves with the reference methods;
  • performs a complete panel of tests, all main parameters on beer and water to the purpose of the brewing process quality control;
  • is self-contained and compact, does not require maintenance operations: it is a spectrophotometer that perfectly meets breweries’ and master brewers’ analysis requirements.

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How CDR BeerLab® system is composed

CDR BeerLab® is compact and handy, it is composed of:

Complete, intuitive and reliable equipment for chemical analyses on beer

  • an analyzer based on photometric technology equipped with state-of-the-art LED emitters and 37°C thermostated reading and  incubation cells, available in two versions.
  • a kit of pre-vialed and ready-to-use reagents, specifically developed by CDR research laboratory to optimize tune analytical methods and avoid any contact with toxic or carcinogenic substances
  • pipettes that allow for the collection of the correct volume of sample.


The ‘help’ function makes beer analysis methods easier

The system is reliable, fast and intuitive. It is so simple to use that anyone can run a test in total autonomy as if they were skilled personnel. Just a few steps suffice to perform the analyses and, if there is ever a doubt, the HELP function will lead you through the process by displaying detailed instructions. Click here for more info on the Help function


Applications: Quality Control in Brewing Process

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

How to Improve your Beer Brewing Process

Download the e-book: "How to Improve the Brewing Process"Download the e-book “How to Improve the Brewing Process” to know how to bring QC chemistry into your brewery without the need for a dedicated laboratory and QC team. The e-book is a comprehensive collection of articles and case studies written by the researchers of the CDR Chemical Lab “Francesco Bonicolini” and their collaborators to improve the Quality Control into your Brewery.

CDR BeerLab®: The Effect of Late and Dry-Hopping on IBU Value

CDR BeerLab : The Effect of Late and Dry-Hopping on IBU ValueIt has been thought that late-hopping and dry-hopping do not contribute to IBUs in beer, however, in Hackney Brewery, an english brewery, brewers have been able to conduct an investigation into this with a very fast and easy in-house quality control without the need for a chemical laboratory: CDR BeerLab®. With CDR BeerLab® the analysis can be performed directly at every step of the beer production process and so you have the possibility to study your recipe optimizing the additions of the hops and monitoring the actual extraction of the bitter. [More…]

Analysis of Mashing in the Brewery

case study berwing process control: mashingIs it possible to reduce the mashing time improving the process efficiency with in-house brewing process control? The case study shows that it is possible to reduce the mashing time improving the process efficiency using CDR BeerLab® to perform chemical analysis of beer for in-house brewering process control. [More…]

Evaluation Reports

CDR BeerLab® beer analysis methods are reliable, easy to use and fast as confirmed by Campden BRI

An assessment of CDR BeerLab® carried out by Campden BRI, the international reference analysis laboratory

The international reference analysis laboratory Campden BRI carried out a comparative study between the analytical methods exploited by 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 must samples.

Some Extracts from the Report:

The CDR BeerLab® analyser has been shown to give comparable performance in the measurement of pH, colour, bitterness (IBU) and alcohol (ABV) to established methods. …

Accuracy of the CDR BeerLab® with regards to agreement with the declared values of ABV was very good for all sample types. …

precision values for the CDR BeerLab®, for all analyses, are well within the tolerances expected for spectrophotometers in the brewing industry

The low reagent and sample volumes required for analysis not only reduces reagent costs but also reduces the amount of waste produced, thereby providing analysis with a low environmental impact.

In the case of alcohol and bitterness, the CDR BeerLab® methods are faster than traditional methods (in the case of bitterness significantly faster) and all methods tested during this evaluation show close agreement to the reference method.

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

Compared to the acidification power yeast vitality and the reference VDK methods, the CDR BeerLab® methods were much quicker

Correlation between CDR BeerLab® and official methods for analysis of Beer, Wort and Water – University of Udine

WORT,  BEER and WATER ANALYSIS Correlation between CDR BeerLab® and official methods - Udine UniversityDepartment of Agricultural, Food, Environmentaland Animal Sciences of the University of Udine Italy, under the guidance of Dr. Stefano Buiatti, performed:

• the evaluation of correlation between the results obtained using CDR BeerLab®  and those obtaibed with EBC (European Brewery Convention)  official methods
• the evaluation of the correlation between the results obtained with the CDR BeerLab® and those obtained with the official methods of analysis on the parameters relating to the quality control of water used in brewing.

The methods of CDR BeerLab® for analysis of beer, wort and water provided statistically correlated results (p <0.05) with low standard deviation values indicating good accuracy.

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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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