Oxford University’s Develops Compact Scoville Measurement Device

by Hot Juan on February 19, 2010 · 8 comments

in General Information

Low Cost Scoville Meter

Prototype Low Cost Scoville Meter

Fancy a simple-to-use way of testing the Scoville rating of sauces? Well Richard Compton and his team from Oxford University have developed a small hand-held device that uses carbon nanotube-based electrochemical sensors to measure the Scoville rating of a sauce.

The prototypes they have made so far have proved to be very accurate and unlike the current process HPCL (High performance liquid chromatography),  which can be expensive and time consuming because scientists must first chemically separate the capsaicinoids in the extract from other interfering molecules that also are present.

The testing process using this new technique requires some simple preparation of the sample to be tested. It is suitable for testing liquids only, the sample needing to be diluted carefully before the test. However unlike HPLC this can be done during production of the sauce and the results are almost instant. Imagine a sauce manufacturer being able to label each batch of sauce with its Scoville rating, or using the new technique to quality check ingredients as they arrive.

Chilli Peppers being a natural product can vary greatly in their pungency and therefore their Scoville value.

Updated Information:- This product has now been developed by Biox there is more information on their web site as well as a contact form for for enquiries. As yet we have no delivery dates or prices (Dec 2014 Update).

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avatar Rajshree October 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

Would be very interested to know more details on the product & where we how we can purchase it.

Regards

Rajshree

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avatar Hot Juan October 7, 2015 at 9:51 am

Updated Information:- This product has now been developed by Biox there is more information on their web site as well as a contact form for for enquiries. As yet we have no delivery dates or prices (Dec 2014 Update).

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avatar Sunardi September 18, 2015 at 4:53 am

Dear Mr/Mrs,

interesting about your Device, could you please inform about price / unit?

best regards

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avatar Hot Juan September 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

Hi

We don’t make the device, please see http://www.chilefoundry.com/2015/04/28/bio-x-handheld-scoville-meter-shipping-date-and-price-announced/ for a link to the manufacturers web site

Dave

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avatar jim Howard March 4, 2015 at 10:27 pm

interested in meter….where can it be purchased? Jim

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avatar Hot Juan March 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Hi Jim

You will need to follow the link at the end of the article.

Dave

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avatar Hafizur Rahman October 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

Dear Sir
We are big Food and Beverage manufacturing Company of Bangladesh. For Hotness Measurement of Chilli we need a device. We want to use your “compact Scoville Measurement Device”.
Can we get any analytical data that you have analysis by this device? Can you tell me about accuracy of this device?
From where we will get Price offer and other information about this device?

We are waiting for your valuable reply.

Sincerely Yours
MD. HAFIZUR RAHMAN
Assistant Manager (Quality Control ) & Head of R & D
NATORE AGRO LIMITED
PRAN-RFL Group
Eakdala, Natore, Bangladesh.
Tel:088-0771-66600, Ext:121
Mob:+8801746180821,+8801911600392
web: http://www.pranfoods.net

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