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Grapevine tissue sampling protocol for virus diagnostics

Grapevine viruses can shorten the life of infected grapevines and reduce both the quality and yield of grapes. Several viruses have been associated with graft incompatibility. In some cases, especially in many white grape varieties and non-vinifera rootstocks, virus-infected vines do not show symptoms, but the virus can spread to susceptible neighbouring vines and vineyards.

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NOLO spirits – opportunities for continued growth and innovation

Australia’s beverage scene is witnessing a surge in the popularity of no- and low-alcohol (NOLO) beverages. This trend reflects a growing consumer demand for healthier options without compromising on taste or the social experience of drinking. Australian consumers now have access to a diverse array of NOLO spirit options. These products are often made with

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South Australian gin under the microscope

Gin has a rich history that dates back several centuries, evolving from its medicinal origins in the Netherlands to become a beloved and iconic sprit. Gin was initially developed as a tonic known as ‘genever’ and used for its supposed therapeutic properties. Over the centuries, London Dry has emerged as the dominant style of gin

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Understanding smoke analysis results

The majority of this content was originally published in Aust. NZ Grapegrower & Winemaker, March 2022 – Issue 698. Introduction Affinity Labs has recently changed the way smoke panel analysis results are reported for Australian customers. Apart from numerical results, reports now include graphs showing where the results sit compared to levels typically present in

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Smoke analysis for customers outside Australia

Introduction Research at the AWRI and other research organisations has demonstrated that phenolic compounds such as guaiacol, 4 methylguaiacol, cresol and syringol contribute to off-flavours and aromas in wine made from grapes that have been exposed smoke. These volatile phenols can also bind to sugars within grape berries to form phenolic glycosides, which also contribute

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Achieving a healthy and consistent brewing process

The client Pirate Life is a craft brewery, located in Adelaide. From humble beginnings, it has grown to be one of the most prominent craft breweries in Australia and is now an integral part of the Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) stable of craft brands owned by Asahi Beverages. The challenge The health and quality

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Submitting grapevines for testing

Affinity Labs main testing laboratory is located in Adelaide, South Australia. Importing plant material for laboratory analysis or research purposes is regulated in our state under the Plant Health Act 2009 and the South Australian Plant Quarantine Standard. Our laboratory is a CA12 Accredited laboratory within South Australia which allows us to receive diagnostic plant

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Plasticisers / phthalates analysis

Phthalates are widely used as additives (plasticisers) in the production of plastic materials, such as PVC, and act to soften the materials to increase its processability, flexibility and extensibility. They are also added to paints, varnishes and rubbers as well as to certain food packaging materials. Phthalates are not chemically bound to the materials they

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Understanding taints and faults in spirit products

Distillers always strive to make the best possible spirit products and deliver the optimum taste and aroma experience for consumers. It’s a meticulous art where everything from the raw materials to the final matuation can dramatically affect the final quality. However, despite their best efforts, spirit producers sometimes encounter taints and faults in their final

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The art of creating a clean spirit

In spirit production, the distillation process is critical for creating a clean and refined product. It is responsible for extracting desired flavours and aromas and shapes the character of the final spirit. It also allows producers to remove undesirable characters and provide balance to the final product. While many factors contribute to the creation of

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