Craft brewing has enjoyed massive growth in recent years. Despite the momentum, practical barriers can prevent stellar-bound craft brewers from reaching their true potential. Among these, the lack of sufficient beer analysis data during the brewing process can limit both business gains and creativity.
Brewers are forced to stay on the safe side to ensure brand quality while staying on-spec with respect to key parameters such as alcohol content. Holding things back are test methods that are diverse, labour-intensive and prone to human error. For instance, it is often necessary to take a whole litre of sample to get a density measurement and this involves degassing the sample in just the right way before it can be tested. Alternatively, using an external laboratory for beer analysis involves waiting time for results and high running costs.
The advent of rapid, easy-to-use and run test equipment has released brewers from the burden of previous testing methods. From the hot side to finished beer, users can just go and grab a sample and place it in an instrument. In a few minutes, the results for multiple parameters pop-up on the touch-screen interface. These include direct alcohol measurement, density, pH and extracts. This easy access to reliable beer analysis test data gives brewers the freedom to push their boundaries as they strive to create new exciting offerings for a growing market.