The Vinmetrica SC-50 MLF Analyzer Kit
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The Vinmetrica SC-55 MLF Analyzer gives accurate and reliable malic acid concentration levels in wine for detecting the end of malolactic fermentation (MLF). The kit includes everything to perform 10 malic acid concentration tests: all vials, pipettes, conical tubes, beakers, etc.
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A Great Addition to Your SC Series Testing Device
The all-new SC-50 MLF Analyzer Kit from Vinmetrica has recently been revamped and is the perfect addition to the rest of your wine making equipment. The new, stand-alone SC-50 instrument offers the same level of accuracy and reliability as all our other SC Series devices and will aid the winemaker in the determination of malic acid levels in wine. With its easy to use vial insertion assembly, the MLF Analyzer gives you fool-proof readings down to 0.04 g/L accuracy. Because it does not require any fancy, expensive lab equipment, the SC-50 MLF analyzer eliminates the need for paper chromatography and it saves you time too!
The Complete MLF Analyzer Kit
Includes everything needed to measure malic acid levels in 10 of your fermenting wine samples:
A Quick Overview
The Vinmetrica SC-50 MLF Analyzer measures the pressure given off by the same MLF reaction that you use in your wine. When malic acid is present, carbon dioxide (CO2) is evolved and detected as pressure.
- Add 5 drops of Boost Juice to wine sample; mix.
- Place 3 mL of wine sample in a reaction vial and cap, mix thoroughly.
- Allow the reaction vial to incubate for 30 minutes mixing gently occasionally.
- Use the MLF Analyzer and take CO2 pressure reading using the vial insertion assembly
The device signals whether or not MLF is done! The SC-55 is capable of detecting below 0.04 g/L malic acid!
This analyzer kit can also help you determine MLF levels pre-fermentation!
How It Works
The SC-50 MLF Kit relies on the biochemical MLF reaction caused by enzymes found in certain bacteria, including lactobacilli and oenococcus strains, and in the Biopressure agent component of the kit. These bacteria live on a variety of nutrients, but their production of CO2 results almost entirely from the enzymatic transformation of malic acid to lactic acid:
Malic Acid Lactic Acid
HOOC–CH2–CH(OH)–COOH → CH3–CH(OH)–COOH + CO2
The CO2 creates pressure, which is read by the SC-55 manometer. The CO2 pressure is directly proportional to the amount of malic acid in the sample. The level of malic acid can be calculated from the pressure values by one or more calibrators of malic acid provided with the kit. Detection limit is below 0.04 g/L. The assay takes 45 minutes, or up to 90 minutes if the Confirmation Procedure is performed (page 8).
Watch our How-To Videos
How to Test for MLF using the SC-55 Analyzer (Updated Method, 2019)
How to Test for MLF using the SC-55 Analyzer (old method, we recommend following the new method)
How to Test for MLF using the original SC-50 Analyzer – Quick Check Mode
How to Test for MLF using the original SC-50 Analyzer – Quantitative (Quantify) Mode
- Accurately assesses end of MLF at 0.04 g/L malic acid. Capable of detecting below 0.04 g/L malic acid
- Affordable: About $ 3 per test or less.
- Easy, safe to Use: No toxic chemicals or noxious odors.
- Fast: results in 45 minutes. Able to run multiple tests at once.
Why Choose the Vinmetrica MLF Analyzer?
The MLF Analyzer is much easier and more accurate and sensitive than paper chromatography. As a stand alone instrument, the MLF Analyzer is a great addition to your winemaking toolkit.
– It’s Accurate: Accurately assesses end of MLF at 0.04g/L malic acid. Capable of detecting below 0.04g/L malic acid.
– Quick: Can run multiple samples at once, process takes approx 45 minutes.
– Easy to use: No caustic chemicals or guesswork.
– Affordable: About $3 per test!
– Dependable: All of our instruments come with a 2 year warranty.
For more details about operation and running the Vinmetrica SC-50 MLF Analyzer Kit:
Check out the SC-50 Manual
Simple as that!
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