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Beyond Beakers

September 2007
 
by Paul Franson
 
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Foss's WineScan Grape system has won favor with wineries for speeding up wine testing using near infrared spectroscopy combined with Fourier transfer analysis to measure ethanol, acids, pH and more.
 
The boutique winery laboratory is no longer just the realm of pipettes and beakers. Compact and affordable instruments increasingly take over the jobs once performed with wet chemistry and requiring skill and experience. "Small, automated instruments minimize the labor required and increase efficiency," says Chris Hartless, who manages Diageo's lab at Beaulieu Vineyard in Rutherford, Calif.
 

 
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