Rapid analysis of Saccharides in beer via fluorescence-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis

Bruce R. Thomas, Brian K. Brandley, Raymond L. Rodriguez

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Saccharides labeled with the dye 8-amino-1,3,6-naphthalene trisulfonic acid can be separated by electrophoresis and detected with fluorescence-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis (FACE). Optimization of labeling time at 65°C enables same-day analysis of assay results. Oligosaccharides in beer can be identified in FACE assays based on comigration with standards (e.g., oligosaccharides derived from purified starch, β-glucan, and pentosan). A variety of beers, including lager, light, ale, porter, and stout, demonstrated distinct saccharide patterns in FACE analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • β-Glucan
  • Arabinoxylan
  • Barley
  • Pentosan
  • Starch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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