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Invisible Sentinel, Victory Brewing to Develop Assay for Better Beer

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Food and beverage molecular testing firm Invisible Sentinel and Victory Brewing today announced a partnership to improve beer production.

The companies will develop an assay based on Invisible's Veriflow technology to detect microbes that can compromise beer quality. Specifically, the assay, called Veriflow brewPAL, is being developed for the rapid, on-site detection of Pediococcus and Lactobacillus, which produce lactic acid and affect beer taste.

The partners said that current methods of detecting the bacteria are "laborious and time-consuming" and can delay the implementation of corrective measures. In turn, that can result in brew spoilage, higher production costs, and delayed product release. The agreement, they added, is expected to result in a Veriflow assay that will be made available internationally.

Invisible and Jackson Family Wines announced a partnership earlier this year to develop an assay to detect the yeast Brettanomyceswhich can cause a wretched aroma and taste in wine.

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