News from the Lab
By Neva Parker
As the new year begins, White Labs in narrowing its
focus in fermentation sciences. Without changing our main objective as a
production facility, we have been and will be expanding our analytical
and laboratory services for the brewing and winemaking industries.
Although we currently offer a wide variety of
services to our customers, many are not aware that these are available.
Among these are IBU and color testing, nutritional analysis, complete
sample analysis and testing of yeast and finished products,
identification of brewery contaminants, viability tests, ale vs. lager
test, and in-house consulting with our microbiologists.
New for this upcoming year will be volatile compound
analysis with our PerkinElmer Gas Chromatograph-Headspace. This
equipment will allow us to measure the presence and quantities of
ethanol, VDKs, acetaldehyde, and sulfur compounds. With this, we also
hope to further characterize our yeast strains and detect small
mutations so that we can give our customers the most complete
information possible. These tests will be available mid-year.
Another new toy we will be playing around with a
great deal this year will be our pilot brewery system. With the
acquisition and trial of many new yeast strains, we will be able to
create and test beer products with potentially new strains. We will be
able to determine optimal parameters for these strains and monitor their
performance under variable conditions before releasing them to the
We are also planning various fermentation trials for
in-house analysis such as same yeast at different temperatures, same
yeast different starting gravities, same wort different yeasts, and
All of us at White Labs are excited for this upcoming
year and we hope to share our knowledge with you, our valued customers.
Visit us at the Craft Brewers Conference for more detailed information
about these services and more!
is lab manager for White Labs.