The SIRIUS System – Measurement Precision, no Laboratory

From Barley to Malt to Beer

Malting is one of the oldest enzyme production technologies and over many centuries barley has proven to be the best cereal grain to fulfill this need for a number of different industries. Starting with the beverage industry (brewing, distilling and others) the technology expanded further into the baking industry as a natural means of augmenting flour properties. Even though the principle of malting remains the same, the specific requirements vary not only from industry to industry but also based on what the final product is and the variation between different production batches.

To measure the efficiency of enzyme synthesis the industry had to rely on outdated methods with complicated procedures and found it hard to gather real-time data. Detailed enzyme screening had to be outsourced to third-party laboratories. 

In any case – measurement of enzyme activity – which translates directly into the capability of the malt to produce fermentable sugars – has direct impact on the commercial value of the malt as well as its suitability for its end-user purpose. However, the end-users have thus far had limited to no possibility of measuring enzyme activity of malt neither as part of the end-product Quality Assurance nor as part of process optimization within their own facilities.



Coupled with our recently developed SIRIUS technology - GlycoSpot has developed the MALT 100 kit, for measurement of α-amylase in barley malt as the first in the line of solutions for measuring barley malt enzyme activity. And put it directly in the hands of the end-user – whether the end-user has access to a laboratory or not.

This is why we’ve developed:

SIRIUS MALT alpha-amylase 100 Kit for Barley Malt for Brewing*

  • total assay time of 15 minutes,
  • no laboratory equipment needed,
  • the GlycoSpot’s SIRIUS spectrophotometer that fits on the palm of your hand and
  • operated by an app on your smartphone**

* for activity ranges of 10 - 104 Dextrinizing Units/g, 1000 - 13400 International Units/g, 50 – 440 Ceralpha Units/g

** available for both iOS and Android

And as we at GlycoSpot say – not everyone working with barley malt needs a laboratory! 
For more information contact us.

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