Invisible Sentinel continues to expand their beer portfolio of products
June 12, 2017 • Press Release
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Invisible Sentinel, Inc., a global molecular solutions company providing first-in-class microbial detection tools, has developed, validated, and commercialized a new detection tool powered by the Company’s proprietary Veriflow® technology for breweries. brewSTAT allows breweries to test for Saccaromyces diastaticus, a very problematic yeast for brewers around the world.
There are a variety of yeast and bacteria that act as beer spoilers and can cause unintended fermentation. Saccharomyces diastaticus, a wild yeast, presents a challenge for brewers and quality personnel due to its persistence in the environment, evasiveness, and ultimately, its penchant for spoiling beer and risking unstable packaged product.
An incident of Saccharomyces diastaticus can cause the need for wide-scale decontamination at the brewery, as well as the potential for recall of product already released into distribution. The significance of Saccharomyces diastaticus contamination makes it an important beer spoiler to proactively monitor at the brewery. Detection methods such as traditional microbial culturing and sensory perception can often be inaccurate and inefficient. brewSTAT is the only Saccharomyces diastaticus detection tool with accuracy, unmatched ease of use and easy-to-interpret data available in as little as 4 hours from sample collection.
“Early detection of Saccharomyces diastaticus is integral to avoid unintended secondary fermentation, but more importantly for brand management and the end consumer’s safety. Differentiating this wild yeast from typical brewing yeast is a challenge with traditional methods, and PCR methods can help provide a sensitive and conclusive means for identifying an issue before it’s too late.”, said Christopher O’Connor who is Director of Quality/ and Technical Brewing at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company.
Invisible Sentinel is extremely excited about the launch of brewSTAT given the technical difficulty of distinguishing this yeast from other yeast that are commonly found in breweries. “This new assay allows us to continue our partnership with breweries around the world as the brewing industry continues to expand the types of beers they are crafting and as production volumes increase.”, said Invisible Sentinel CEO Nicholas A. Siciliano, Ph.D.
Since launching their brewing product portfolio in April 2015, Invisible Sentinel now works with industry-leading breweries around the world to address their microbial quality concerns. Hundreds of breweries in more than 15 countries are now using Veriflow® technology to protect their brand and ensure their beer meets the most stringent quality standards.