Distilling alcohol for ABV testing and the law.

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  1. Jan 27, 2019 #1

    Si1

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    Hi,

    I’ve have recently become registered as a brewer.

    I’m looking at better ways of testing alcohol content in the final product.

    The usual way to do this is by distilling a small amount of beer (as little as 100ml) and measuring the alcohol with an alcohol spirit hydrometer.

    As I don’t have a distillers license would I be breaking the law if I carried out this simple and common test.

    It would seem ridiculous if I had to apply to be a distiller for such a small amount for testing ABV.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Yes! It is the act of distilling that is illegal; not the amount!

    It is no defence to say "I was just testing my speedometer Officer." when they clock you doing more than the speed limit ...

    ... and it's a Policeman's wet dream for a driver to say "I was only doing ten miles per hour more than the speed limit."
     
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    Yes thanks, I agree.

    Looks like I’ll be sending samples to a Lab instead.

    A Distillers license is a nightmare to get.
     
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    Can you not just do it the same as us home brewers do it with a hydrometer?
     
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    I think I'm correct in saying that the beer duty regulations are all based around SG readings so you'd presumably have to know these anyway.
     
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    Sounds to me that the OP needs to talk to HMRC rather than a lot of enthusiastic amateurs. After all its HMRC who decide what is acceptable to them and what isn't.
     
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    Buy quality certified thermometers from a lab supply company for reliable SG readings or at greater cost a density bottle and a lab balance to weight it or at even greater cost a gas chromatograph.

    quality certified thermometers are your best bet.


    Aamcle
     
  8. Jan 27, 2019 #8

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    Thanks everyone.

    I’m a registered brewer and yes you can use the OG - FG calculation. HMRC are happy with this.

    I was just intersted in the distilling method of ABV calculation to get a more accurate result.

    Thanks anyway.
     

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