Beverage Testing2019-11-21T04:24:40+00:00

Beverage Testing

Our beverage testing services are performed with calibrated and verified instruments to assure accuracy of test results.  Our analysts and directors have record management, document control, validation requirements, and GLP in our  laboratory management system to assure test results are produced from a quality management system.

Wine Testing


Acids Analysis by HPLC and GC

  • Volatile Acidity (Acetic Acid)
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Methanol
  • Malic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Tartaric Acid
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Benzoic Acid

Alcohol Content Analysis by GC

A quantitative test for alcohol (ethanol) content in beverages is available for several sample types, including beer, wine, kombucha, cider, liquor and other alcoholic beverages.

Results are expressed as %ABV (% Alcohol by Volume) or %ABW (% Alcohol by Weight).

Ammonia Testing

A quantitative test of ammonia is available for several sample types, including wine, grape juice and other beverages.

Ammonia reacts with 2-oxoglutarate in the presence of glutamate dehydrogenase and reduced nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) to form L-glutamic acid and NADP+. NADPH consumption is measured by the decrease in absorbance at 340 nm.

Limit of Detection: 0.07 mg/L

Caffeine Analysis by HPLC

Caffeine is analyzed in samples by HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) with UV (Ultra Violet) detection.

Wine Color Intensity & Wine Hue

Measurement of wine color intensity and wine hue.

D-Gluconic Acid/D-Gluconolactone

Quantitative measurement of D-gluconic acid and D-gluconolactone is available for wine, food and beverages.

Epicatechin

Epicatechin is one of the four subunits that create tannin polymers. This compound along with other phenolics and tannins play roles in flavor and astringency of wines and beverages.

Flavor Profile

Quantitative measurement of acetaldehyde, acetone, ethyl acetate and methanol.

Gluten Testing

Gliadin competitive ELISA assay is used to measure glutent content.

Food products which contain less than 20 mg/kg (ppm) can be labeled as “gluten-free”.

Glyphosate Analysis

The Glyphosate Residue Test is available for several sample types, including beer, wine, soil, water and plant analysis.

Iron Content Analysis

Iron is measured using a colorimetric assay.

Microbial Analysis

  • Bacteria Culture
  • Yeast Culture
  • Bottled Sterility Testing for Bacteria & Yeast
  • Brettanomyces Analysis
  • Lactobacillus & Pediococcus Analysis

Pesticide Residue Analysis by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS

Abamectin
Acephate
Azoxystrobin
Aldicarb
Bifenazate
Bifenthrin
Boscalid
Captan
Carbaryl
Carbofuran
Chlorantraniliprole
Chlordane
Chlorfenapyr
Chlorpyrifos
Clofentezine
Coumaphos
Cyfluthrin
Cypermethrin
Daminozide
Diazinon
Dichlorvos
Dimethoate
Dimethomorph
Ethoprophos
Etofenprox
Etoxazole
Fenhexamid
Fenoxycarb
Fenpyroximate
Fipronin
Flonicamid
Fludioxonil

Hexythiazox
Imazalil
Imidacloprid
Kresoxim-methyl
Malathion
Metalaxyl
Methiocarb
Methomyl
Methyl parathion
Mevinphos
Myclobutanil
Naled
Oxamyl
Paclobutrazol
Pentachloronitrobenzene
Permethrin
Phosmet
Piperonylbutoxide
Prallethrin
Propiconazole
Propoxur
Pyrethrins
Pyridaben
Spinetoram
Spinosad
Spiromesifen
Spirotetramat
Spiroxamine
Tebuconazole
Thiacloprid
Thiamethoxam
Trifloxystrobin

pH Testing

A degassed sample is analyzed with a calibrated pH probe.

Primary Amino Nitrogen (PAN)

Quantitative measurement of primary amino nitrogen

The amino nitrogen groups of free amino acids react with N-acetyl-L-cysteine and o-phthaldialdehyde to form isoindole derivatives that is measured by absorbance at 340 nm.

Red Color Incorporation

During maceration winemakers can measure the amount of red color that has been incorporated into the wine from skin and seed.

Sugar Profile Analysis by HPLC

Sugar Profile tests for fructose, glucose, sucrose, lactose and maltose.

Tannin Concentration

Tannins in wine can determine how astringent or smooth the mouth feel is. Some tannins are consist of more epicatechin while others may have more catechins. These differences affects how astringent wine can taste. Measuring tannin concentration can reveal the total tannins which is beneficial for knowing the potential of astringency however to understand if those tannins are will be astringent will require a tannin thermodynamic analysis test.

Tannin Thermodynamic Activity Analysis

Tannin Activity: a measure of the strength of interactions between tannins and a hydrophobic surface.

Purpose: determine the potential effect of tannin activity on astringency quality (test is based on tannins’ interactions with salivary proteins).

Total & Free Sulphite Analysis

Quantitative measurement of total and free sulphite ions, measured through the reaction of thiol groups and Ellman’s reagent.

Total Phenol Content

Total phenol content in wine is measured spectrophotometrically. Results are compared against a reference standard, gallic acid.

Total Yeast Available Nitrogen (YAN)

Quantitative measurement of free ammonium ions, primary amino nitrogen and contribution from the side chain of L-arginine (after hydrolysis by yeast arginase that creates ornithine and urea).

Volatile Aldehyde Compounds

Volatile aldehyde compounds are often related to oxidative off-flavors in wine. Quantitative measurement of volatile aldehyde compounds is available for the following compounds:

Benzaldehyde
Furfural
(E)-2-heptenal
(E)-2-hexenal
Hexanal
Methional
3-Methylbutanal
5-Methylfurfural
2-Methylpropanal
(E)-2-nonenal
Nonanal
(E)-2-octenal
2-Phenylacetaldehyde

Beer, Cider, Mead, Kombucha & Beverage Testing


Acids Analysis by HPLC and GC

  • Volatile Acidity (Acetic Acid)
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Methanol
  • Malic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Tartaric Acid
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Benzoic Acid

Alcohol Content Analysis by GC

A quantitative test for alcohol (ethanol) content in beverages is available for several sample types, including beer, wine, kombucha, cider, liquor and other alcoholic beverages.

Results are expressed as %ABV (% Alcohol by Volume) or %ABW (% Alcohol by Weight).

Caffeine Analysis by HPLC

Caffeine is analyzed in samples by HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) with UV (Ultra Violet) detection.

Cations by ICP-MS

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

Ethyl Maltol

A quantitative measurement of ethyl maltol, a common flavorant.

Gluten Testing

Gliadin competitive ELISA assay is used to measure glutent content.

Food products which contain less than 20 mg/kg (ppm) can be labeled as “gluten-free”.

Glyphosate Analysis

The Glyphosate Residue Test is available for several sample types, including beer, wine, soil, water and plant analysis.

Hop Oil Profile by GC

  • Δ-3-Carene
  • Camphene
  • β-Caryophyllene
  • Cymene
  • Eucalyptol
  • Fenchol
  • Humulene
  • D-Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Myrcene
  • Nerolidol
  • α-Pinene
  • Terpinolene

Iron Content Analysis

Iron is measured using a colorimetric assay.

Microbial Analysis

  • Bacteria Culture
  • Yeast Culture
  • Bottled Sterility Testing for Bacteria & Yeast
  • Brettanomyces Analysis
  • Lactobacillus & Pediococcus Analysis

Moisture Analysis of Hops

Moisture content of hops, reported in percent by weight.

pH Testing

A degassed sample is analyzed with a calibrated pH probe.

Pesticide Residue Analysis by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS

Abamectin
Acephate
Azoxystrobin
Aldicarb
Bifenazate
Bifenthrin
Boscalid
Captan
Carbaryl
Carbofuran
Chlorantraniliprole
Chlordane
Chlorfenapyr
Chlorpyrifos
Clofentezine
Coumaphos
Cyfluthrin
Cypermethrin
Daminozide
Diazinon
Dichlorvos
Dimethoate
Dimethomorph
Ethoprophos
Etofenprox
Etoxazole
Fenhexamid
Fenoxycarb
Fenpyroximate
Fipronin
Flonicamid
Fludioxonil

Hexythiazox
Imazalil
Imidacloprid
Kresoxim-methyl
Malathion
Metalaxyl
Methiocarb
Methomyl
Methyl parathion
Mevinphos
Myclobutanil
Naled
Oxamyl
Paclobutrazol
Pentachloronitrobenzene
Permethrin
Phosmet
Piperonylbutoxide
Prallethrin
Propiconazole
Propoxur
Pyrethrins
Pyridaben
Spinetoram
Spinosad
Spiromesifen
Spirotetramat
Spiroxamine
Tebuconazole
Thiacloprid
Thiamethoxam
Trifloxystrobin

Sugar Profile Analysis by HPLC

Sugar Profile tests for fructose, glucose, sucrose, lactose and maltose.

Total Hops Alpha & Beta Acids by HPLC

Alpha Acids:

  • Humulone
  • Cohumulone
  • Adhumulone
  • Posthumulone
  • Prehumulone

Beta Acids:

  • Lupulone
  • Colupulone
  • Adlupulone
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