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CDR BeerLab®

CDR BeerLab® is a line of analysis systems specifically designed for beer analysis during the quality control process and the monitoring of the brewing process in breweries and microbreweries. The systems have been designed for the analytical needs of brewers in the plants and every kind of brew master.


With the CDR BeerLab® analysis systems is now possible to analyze a wide group of parameters on beer and water with only one instrument, in a method more rapid than traditional methods and without having samples tested by external laboratories.

The analyses for beer quality control in the brewery can be performed in autonomy, in easy way, without the need of equipped laboratories or skilled staff.

The CDR BeerLab® systems


CDR BeerLab® Touch: designed for analyses of beer and water, is able to analyze 16 samples at the same time, endowed with 5,7” LCD touchscreen, printer, incubation cells, Ethernet (LAN) connection, USB for PC connection, USB for the transfer of the analyses’ data.





BerLabJuniorCDR BeerLab® Junior: designed for analyses of beer, is able to analyze 3 samples at the same time, endowed with 4,3” LCD touchscreen, USB for PC connection, Bluetooth 2.1




Easy to use

The system is designed to be used by anyone working in breweries, without the support of specialized technical staff.

The analysis methods are easier than the traditional ones and can be performed in few steps:

  1. Adding the sample volume to the pre-vial reagent.
  2. Following the displayed instructions and if there is ever a doubt, the HELP function will lead you through the process.
  3. Results are automatically calculated, displayed and printed.


This measuring system owes its sensitivity, accuracy and reliability to the photometric technology based on LED luminous sources.

The results of the analyses are correlated with the reference methods.

Reduced testing times

In only 15 minutes is possible to analyze up to 16 samples with the Touch model and up to 3 samples with the Junior model.

 The system

The analysis systems, model Touch and Junior, consist of:

  • The Analyzer based on photometric technology that uses LEDs and equipped with 37°C thermostated reading and incubation cells.
  • Analysis kits with disposable previaled reagents with a low toxicity, in package of 10 test, 12 month shelf-life, developed and produced by CDR research laboratories.
  • Pipettes to simplify the collection of the samples.
  • Printer: graphic printer on board (Touch model); possibility to connect a printer (Junior model).
  • “Step by step” guide during the analysis procedure.
  • CDR BeerLab® Touch and CDR BeerLab® Junior are supplied with a 3 year warranty.

 The advantages of the CDR BeerLab® systems

In conclusion, here is how CDR BeerLab® systems make easy and supports the work of breweries and brew masters:

  • Simple to use: in the brewery, during the different beer making phases, without the help of skilled staff; moreover the “step by step” guide assists the operator in case of doubts about the analysis method procedure;
  • Exploitation of simple and optimized methods, rapid to perform, without risks, without waste and without the need of an equipped laboratory;
  • Removes  the necessity to engage an external laboratory;
  • Allows to make rapid and safe decisions: in few minutes you obtain reliable results on tens of samples;
  • The system gives accurate results, verified by the correlation curves and the conformity with the reference chemical analysis methods;
  • The system performs a complete range of analyses, all the main parameters for beer and must, for the control of the beer making process;
  • Small size dimensions, compact and does not request maintenance: the system is a spectrophotometer fitting the analytical needs of breweries, brew masters and consultants.

CDR BeerLab® systems are able to perform the tests in a few minutes and does not require the samples to be pre-processed.

Beer: Fermentable sugars, Bitterness (Touch model only), Color, Lactic Acid D L, Alcohol Content, pH must, Starch, Free Amino Nitrogen by OPA (FAN)

Water: Calcium, Magnesium, Bicarbonate, Chloride, Potassium, Sulfate

Analytical Kits


Beer testNumber of testsCodeMeasuring Range
Fermentable sugars10*300645[0,1 – 150] g/L maltose
[0 – 10] %vv alcoholic increase
Acetic Acid10*300893[20 – 220] mg/L
Bitterness10*300635[5 – 100] IBU
Color10*300655EBC [1-100] SRM [0,5-50]
Lactic acid D L10*300715[150 – 3500] ppm Lactic acid [D L]
Alcohol by volume10*300735[0 – 10] % vv
pH 10*300625[4,50 – 6,50]
Starch10*300615[0,10 – 10] g/L
FAN (Free Amino Nitrogen)10*300785[30 -300] ppm
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2)10*300865[1 -30] mg/L
Vicinal Diketones (VDKs)10*300925[ 0.10 – 2] ppm
Yeast Vitality10*300903[ 0.2 – 2.5] AP
Water testNumber of testsCodeMeasuring Range
Calcium10*300695[5- 250] ppm
Magnesium10*300673[2 – 50] ppm
Bicarbonates10*300663[0 – 300] ppm
Chlorides10*300705[100 – 500] ppm
Potassium10*300683[50 – 500] ppm
Sulfates10*300685[20 – 250] ppm
Zinc10*300845[0.05 – 1] ppm



CDR BeerLab® chemical Analyzers for inline control in brewing process

CDR BeerLab<sup>®</sup>: the analysis system for quality controls on beer directly at the brewery
New CDR BeerLab<sup>®</sup> Junior: the analysis system for quality controls on beer directly at the breweryCDR BEERLAB® JUNIOR
TestsBeer and Wort:
Fermentable Sugars
Acetic Acid
Lactic Acid (D + L)
Alcohol Content
Free Aminio Nitrogen by OPA (FAN)
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2)
Vicinal diketones (VDKs) [new]
Yeast Vitality [new]Water:
Configuration with tailored panel of analyses

Beer and Wort:
Fermentable Sugars
Acetic Acid
Lactic Acid (D + L)
Bitterness (IBU) [new]
Alcohol Content
Free Aminio Nitrogen by OPA (FAN)
Total sulfur dioxide (SO2)
Vicinal diketones (VDKs) [new]
Yeast Vitality [new]



Simultaneous analyses163
Possibility of running several tests on the same samplesi
Incubation module37˚C thermostatic block with 16 slots37˚C thermostated reading block with incubation function
Internal memory to store analysis resultssisi
Touch Screen Displaysisi
USB host port to connect USB memoriessi
USB port to connect to a PCsisi
Ethernet (LAN) portsi
Wireless link for external printersi
Dimensions and weight32 X 29,5 X 13 cm (L x P x  H) – 2,8 Kg15 x 22 x 8,3 cm (L x P x H) – 0,80 Kg
Lithium ion batterysi


Technical Specifications of CDR BeerLab® systems

  • The system: 37° C controlled temperature photometer
  • Photometric module:
    6 different wavelengths in 4 reading cells
  • Incubation module:
    37°C thermostat block with 16 positions (Touch model only)
  • Display:
    Touch model: 5,7” TFT color LCD touchscreen
    Junior model: 4,3” Wide TFT color LCD touchscreen
  • Connectivity:
    Touch model: 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB port type B for technical service and PC connection, 1 Ethernet port (LAN).
    Junior Touch: 1 USB port type B for technical service and PC connection, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB internal memory to store the performed tests
  • Database format: CSV and XML file, compatible with all formats of database (e.g.: xls, SQL)
  • Printer: Graphic printer on board 80mm width (Touch model)
  • Weight:
    Touch model: 2,80 Kg
    Junior model: 0,80 Kg
  • Dimensions:
    Touch model: 32 cm x 29,5 cm x 13 cm (L x D x H)
    Junior model: 15 x 22 x 8,3 cm (L x D x H)
  • Power Supply:
    Touch model: external power supply AC/DC Prim. voltage:100 – 250V, 47 – 63 Hz, 0,8 A Sec. voltage 24V, 1,4 VA, max.: 3,0 A
    Junior model: external power supply AC/DC 24 V Prim. voltage:100 – 250V, 47 – 63 Hz, 0,8 A Sec. voltage 24V, 1,4 VA, max.: 3,0 A or lithium ion battery (optional)
  • Environment conditions to operate: the analyzer and its equipment work at room temperature, from 12°C to 35°C and relative humidity from 20% to 80% not condensed.


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