The Chemical Fingerprint of Beer from a Single Experiment with Minimum Sample Preparation – A Rapid Quantitive Analysis by 1H NMR Spectroscopy

NMR Spectroscopy is the premier tool utilized by chemists to obtain detailed chemical information on molecular structure and is used extensively in molecular structure verification, chemical purity analysis, and complex mixture analysis. We have developed a quantitative NMR analysis that yields a chemical fingerprint that brewers can utilize to follow detailed variations in the chemistry observed in the various stages of the brewing process (malting, mashing, boiling, fermentation, ageing, and blending). The analysis observes all molecules in the beer at the same time and each molecular component (acids, alcohols, amino acids, malt-oligosaccharides) yields a unique spectral fingerprint pattern that is related to the structure of the molecule. Though the spectrum consists of a large number of overlapped individual fingerprints it is possible to identify and quantify individual components because many components have signals that appear at unique and specific points in the spectrum. The quantitative analysis is performed by comparing the area under the individual molecule signals to that of an internal standard (Maleic Acid 99%). Molecular components are quantified on a weight/volume basis in mg/L (parts-per million). Ethanol is also quantified on a %volume/volume basis. The technique is not only applicable to the brewing process but is also being…

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