PIKA Weihenstephan Detection Kits
Microbiology as Easy as a Child’s Play
The company PIKA Weihenstephan was founded in 2000, and since then we are offering PCR kits in a dried format. We were first in the market.
Our Detection kits for real time PCR are intended for microtiter plate format in 100 µL and 200 µL tubes and can be used with real time PCR thermocycler instruments from nearly all manufacturers. They were developed for use in the quality control laboratory of a producing company.
Detect all species of the real beer spoilers as lactic acid bacteria including Lactobacillus acetotolerans, and super-attenuating yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus or Brettanomyces.
Get the fast and easy “go/no-go” tests and monitor beer and wine spoilers throughout your whole production process.
The PIKA Approach
Each analysis which you can do by yourself saves you time and money – all our tests are low cost, simple and effective for use even in small breweries. PIKA Weihenstephan is working as a leader in brewery PCR since the year 2000, and we are constantly refining our product range close to the brewing industry. Our goal is making the best microbiology methods available to breweries of all sizes.
You don’t need to be a specialist to use our special analytics and gain reliable results, all kits are outstandingly robust and simple to use. The PCR material can be divided and used individually for each sample, so no reaction is lost.
- Simple and fast: detect all real beer spoilers in one test
- Easy to use: no specific skills needed
- Universal: one process for all samples
- Objective: quantitative results in numbers, independent from user
- Practical: run different tests together side by side
- Small: Minimal lab space needed
Fields of application:
- Routine QC in breweries and wineries
- Simple go/no-go check even for small companies
- Process monitoringBacktracing of contaminations
- Identification and verification of contaminants
- Differentiation of spoiler species, e.g. Lactobacillus acetotolerans or Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus
Specific and Precise
All product relevant microorganisms are detected within one single test. The detection limit is some 100 microorganisms which cannot be reached with any other method in the same time. Bacteria or yeasts from a sample are classified according to their spoilage potential and identified.
Safe and robust
Our PCR kits are containing all components which are necessary for the analysis pre-dosed and dried in the PCR tubes. So it is guaranteed that all components are always included in the correct ratio in each test. We ship at ambient temperature, PIKA’s PCR kits are stable even at room temperature.
Fast and Cost Efficient
Processing of samples takes only 15 minutes. The results from thermocycling are available within 75 minutes. All our PCR kits are matching to each other. This allows that different analyses as detection of bacteria and yeasts may be done at the same time, efficient and cost saving.
PIKA Weihenstephan products are all derived from developments in our own service lab – if we don’t like it, we don’t sell it. Our policy is simple: Always to produce and deliver stable and reliable products, with fairness to the customer and responsibility for the environment, all at an affordable price and taking care about resources: 4everyone Detection Kits ship at ambient temperature, packaged in cardboard boxes, without styrofoam. No freeze and thaw cycles are needed, simply store the kits at your lab in the fridge up to one year.