Some distilled spirits (such as coffee liqueur or other specialty spirits) require extra handling before we can analyze alcohol content.

There are 4 different ways we perform the analysis, depending on the solids content of the sample when it's received in our lab:

No solids

For samples we identify as being absent of solids (<0.02g/100mL), we analyze alcohol by densitometer. (AOAC method 982.10)

Sample requirement: 125mL
 Turnaround time: 2 days

Low solids

For samples with low solids (<0.6g/100mL), we determine the alcohol by densitometer, along with correction for obscuration based on the solids. (modified AOAC method 982.10)

Sample requirement: 125mL
 Turnaround time: 2-3 days

High solids

For samples with high solids (>0.6g/100mL) and negligible protein or fat content, we perform distillation followed by densitometry. (AOAC methods 942.06 and 982.10)

Sample requirement: 375mL (modified AOAC method 982.10) (AOAC methods 942.06 and 982.10)
 Turnaround time: 5 days

High solids & High fat/protein

For samples with high solids (>0.6g/100mL) and appreciable fat or protein (such as Irish Cream), we perform distillation followed by densitometry.

These samples require special handling – contact us to discuss pricing.

Sample requirement: 375mL
 Turnaround time: 5 working days

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