VIT® Beer Screening

Test kit for specific identification of all beer-spoiling bacteria
belonging to the genera Lactobacillus and Pediococcus

Item Number: 01210033

Identification of beer spoilage bacteria

Unwanted growth of beer-spoiling bacteria can lead to changes in smell, taste or color and can thus impair the beer’s quality. For example, brewery products contaminated with Lactobacillus brevis turn murky and sour, while after contamination with Pediococcus damnosus they develop a buttery taste. In order to avoid economically damaging losses of batches produced, a reliable and fast microbiologcial quality control is indispensable for the brewing industry.
VIT® Bier Screening makes specific identification of all relevant beer-spoiling lactic acid bacteria possible. Finished products as well as samples from all stages of the brewing process, including yeast propagation, can be examined.

The specific VIT® gene probes allow for a dependable and highly specific differentiation of microorganisms present in the sample. In contrast to other methods, only viable bacteria are detected by the VIT® test kit, which means that dead cells do not cause false-positive results.

VIT® Beer Screening - identifying all beer spoilage bacteria


  • exact identification of all beer-spoiling lactic acid bacteria and of the genera Lactobacillus and Pediococcus
  • detection of living bacteria exclusively
  • fast detection
  • highest specificity
  • detection is based upon our reliable VIT® gene probe technology

Increased safety for the brewing industry

VIT® Bier Screening supports you in the detection of and in the fight against beer-spoiling lactic acid bacteria. In combination with the test kit VIT® Bier plus L. brevis and VIT® Bier Megasphaera/Pectinatus, microbiological quality control in all stages of the brewing process will reach its highest level.

You would prefer to send us your samples to have them analyzed in our laboratory? In this case, our lab services Rapid and specific detection of beer-spoiling lactic acid bacteria and VIT® Beer Screening are the right choice four you. 

Product specifications

Identification of

Lactobacillus brevis / brevisimilis,
Lactobacillus backi,
Lactobacillus (para-)collinoides,
Lactobacillus plantarum,
Lactobacillus rossiae,
Lactobacillus coryniformis,
Lactobacillus (para-)buchneri,
Lactobacillus perolens / harbinensis,
Lactobacillus paucivorans,
Lactobacillus acetotolerans,
Lactobacillus (para-)casei,
Lactobacillus lindneri,
Pediococcus claussenii,
Pediococcus inopinatus,
Pediococcus damnosus

Analyzable sample material, e.g.

Pre-enriched boullons 
Beer and mixed beer beverages
Hygiene samples


VIT® gene probes technology


via VIT® adapted
fluorescence microscope

Analysis type

qualitative analysis

Scope of supply

Analysis reagents
Product manual

Package size

25 analyses