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Craft Brewers can now measure alcohol and extract independently  

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Craft brewers value their independence – their freedom is what makes their beers unique. An alcohol and extract meter for beer, Alex 500 from Anton Paar, now frees craft brewers from the need for external laboratories. The reliable lab-grade analyzer determines their beer’s alcohol and extract content, calories, degree of fermentation and many more parameters whenever they wish. Now easily able to monitor their entire production from wort to bottle, craft brewers can always be sure to keep their customer promise.

Anton Paar has been a partner to the brewing industry for decades. The Austrian high-precision measuring instrument manufacturer is established as the world’s leading provider of alcohol and density measurement in the brewing industry. The compact alcohol and extract meter Alex 500 is the company’s answer to the rising demand for an affordable quality control in small-scale breweries. Creative beer recipes, including bottle-fermented products as well as seasonal fruits added to the mash or fruit juice as part of individual beer mixtures, make a craft breweries product stand out from others on the market. Especially for these creations, an alcohol content calculated from the extract loss during brewing is just an estimated value, leaving only one option: measuring, instead of calculating. Alex 500 is ready to measure any craft brewer’s new beer creation from scratch, after a simple adjustment with deionized water. The accuracy for an alcohol measurement is 0.2 %v/v and density is determined with an accuracy of 0.001 g/cm³. With these numbers on their side, craft brewers can be certain that their beer’s taste and quality are always stable, pint for pint. And just in case: turbidity is automatically detected by the instrument in order to show that you shouldn’t trust the measured results before doing a proper filtration.

The freedom to create
In contrast to glass hydrometers, still commonly found in smaller breweries, Alex 500 covers the entire beer measuring range, not just part of it. Brewers are provided with direct, real-time results, without the necessity for a separate calculation or distillation. They only need one single instrument for all samples in their production – and it’s a really robust one that will not break. In addition, all data is automatically documented and perfectly traceable.

Craft brewers are given a wide range of new opportunities by Alex 500, an attractively priced solution based on decades of beer measurement expertise. The difference is freedom – to create outstanding new beer at all times, based on their own impulses, with all measurement necessities under their own roof.

About Anton Paar
Founded in 1922 in Graz (Austria) by Anton Paar, the company is the world leader in the measurement of density and concentration, the determination of dissolved carbon dioxide, and in the fields of rheometry and viscometry. Anton Paar’s customers include most of the major beer and soft drink manufacturers worldwide as well as companies active in the food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical industries.

Established as a one-man locksmith’s workshop, the corporation strives to combine high-precision manufacturing with the latest scientific achievements; the Anton Paar GmbH invests 20 % of the annual turnover in research. About 170 analytical solutions are developed and produced almost exclusively within the company.

The Anton Paar Group is active in more than 110 countries with 29 sales subsidiaries and seven producing firms in Europe and the USA. Meanwhile, more than 3000 employees in a worldwide network of research and development, production, sales, and support are responsible for the quality, reliability, and service of products made by Anton Paar. Since 2003, the Charitable Santner Foundation is the owner of Anton Paar. It is dedicated exclusively and directly to charitable purposes. In 2017, the company generated operating revenue of 321 million Euro.

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