Alcoholic Beverage Specifications

Argentina

Argentina Standard IRAM 14-556:1963

Gin ("Ginebra") and Gin Concentrate

Note: This is an abridged translation of the original standard which is in Spanish. Reference should be made to the original standard for details of test methods, and to authenticate any particular matter.

A. Definition: (a) Gin concentrate: A spirit obtained by the distillation in pot stills and/or column stills, of a fermentated grain mash, containing at least 20% malted barley, distilled at a final alcohol concentration in the range of 43 to 85 %, which has been totally or partially redistilled in the presence of juniper berries.

(b) Gin: A distilled alcoholic beverage, with a characteristic taste of grain spirit and juniper berries, and a characteristic odor obtained without the addition of essences. It may be produced by mixing at least 5 % of gin concentrate (calculated on an absolute-alcohol basis), with grain neutral spirit, and may be sweetened with sugar to a maximum of 1.5 grams per 100 ml, and may be colored with caramel.

B. Appearance and organoleptic character: Gin should be a transparent liquid, which may be colorless or light amber, with a distinctive odor and taste.
C. Requirements for Gin:
  Characteristics

Specifications

Test Methods

  1. Ethanol content @ 20C, percent by volume, range, minimum to maximum

39 - 42

G 1-5 and
IRAM 14-503

  2. Total "non-ethanol" content, in mg/100 ml, minimum. (Total volatile impurities, such as aldehydes, acids, esters, furfural and higher alcohols)

15 (150 p.p.m)

IRAM 14-516

  3. Sugars, percent by weight, maximum

1.5 (15,000 p.p.m.)

IRAM 14-507

  4. Residue on evaporation, percent by weight, maximum

2 (20,000 p.p.m)

IRAM 14-504

  5. Fufural, in mg/100 ml of anhydrous ethanol, maximum

4 (40 p.p.m.)

IRAM 14-516

D. Requirements for Gin Concentrate:
  Characteristics

Specifications

Test Methods

  1. Ethanol content @ 20C, percent by volume, range, minimum to maximum

43 - 85

G 1 - 5 and
IRAM 14-503

  2. Total "non-ethanol" content, in mg/100 ml, minimum. (Total volatile impurities, such as aldehydes, acids, esters, furfural and higher alcohols)

160 (1600 p.p.m.)

IRAM 14-516

  3. Furfural, in mg/100 ml anhydrous alcohol, maximum

8 (80 p.p.m.)

IRAM 14-516

Note: The figures for parts per million,(p.p.m.) in parentheses, do not appear in the standard, but have been added to facilitate comparisons with other standards.

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