How many brewers does it take to count yeast?

This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. In truth, cell counting is really simple but labor intensive & extremely time-consuming. With a Nexcelom Cellometer X2 – it only takes one click & 30 seconds per sample! Cellometer has earned a reputation as the “go to” cell counter for breweries seeking accurate yeast counts, viability & vitality. Just look at the map comparing the distribution of Nexcelom’s Cellometer automated yeast counters and the Top 50 breweries in the US.

US map showing Cellometer yeast cell counters and top 50 breweries

Data based on beer sales volume adapted from Brewery Association (BA)

Giving master brewers absolute control and confidence

Being able to identify the concentration, viability & vitality of yeast gives master brewers absolute control and confidence over the consistency of their brew throughout the fermentation process. Chasing down a specific flavor profile can be dependent on yeast strain, fermentation state, temperature, grain (fuel), and other ingredients. We have made the process of testing yeast viability & vitality as simple, and as brewer-friendly as possible. Whether you are dabbling in sour beer programs, or have a strict recipe for single or mixed cultures preps, the Cellometer is here for you!  With its powerful algorithms, Cellometer can accurately count irregular cells (Brettanomyces), budding cells, or strains that tend to flocculate or clump. Cellometer can also provide an estimate of bacteria counts (Lactobacilli).

Now that we’ve gone over the benefits of Cellometer, here is how you can make it a reality for your brewery. Our free evaluation program allows you to test your own samples on a Cellometer for an entire week! Additionally, Nexcelom offers a “pay as you go” rental program, so even our friends in smaller craft breweries can take advantage of this technology.

Our work has been presented at popular brewery conferences such as ASB, CBC, and MBAA since early the 2000’s. Think it’s too good to be true? Check out our references here.

If you want to produce the highest quality beers consistently, in the quantities required to meet demand, the Cellometer is the right tool for you! If you are interested in learning more, ask a specialist today and request a free quote or free in-lab demo.