Alcohol Specifications


CSR Distilleries

Ethanol 95 Neutral Cane Spirit (Code: 95 NC)
(Undenatured Ethanol)

This grade of undenatured ethanol is used in applications where water content is not critical and ethanol with very low odor characteristics is required. It is also suitable in applications for human consumption. Manufacturers requiring undenatured ethanol will need to obtain a permit from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Excise Business Group.

Parameter Specification Test method
(a) Description Clear, colorless, volatile liquid, hygroscopic, miscible with water and with methylene chloride, free from matter in suspension and apart from water, consisting essentially of ethanol. BP 2002
(b) Strength 96.0 - 96.3% v/v at 20C BP 2002
(c) Water content 6.17% by weight (max.) CSR AP-09-27
(d) Clarity of solution Dilution of 1 ml sample to 20 ml water should remain clear and colorless after 5 minutes. BP 2002
(e) Odor Spirituous ethanol odor, with no foreign chemical odors perceptible. CSR AP-09-06
(f) Identification A Relative density: 0.8075 - 0.8087
@ 20C/20C
BP 2002/73
(g) Identification C Passes test BP 2002
(h) Identification D Passes test BP 2002
(i) Acidity 1.0 ml (max.) of 0.01N NaOH (max.) BP 2002
(j) Alkalinity Alkalinity to Phenolphthalein - nil BP 2002
(k) Aldehydes & ketones 100 p.p.m. (max.) as acetaldehyde BP73
(l) Volatile impurities


BP 2002

Acetaldehyde and Acetal
Sum of impurity peaks

10 p.p.m. (max.)
200 p.p.m. (max.)
2 p.p.m. (max.)
300 p.p.m. (max.)


(m) Non-volatile matter 2 mg/100 ml (max.) (20 p.p.m.) BP 2002
(n) Absorbance Examined between 235 nm and 340 nm using 5 cm path length and water as the reference solution, the absorbance is not greater than 0.4 at 240 nm, 0.3 between 250 nm and 260 nm, and 0.1 between 270 nm and 340 nm. The curve is also smooth. BP 2002
(o) Permanganate time
(reducing substances)
60 minutes (minimum) BP73

Tests are carried out in accordance with the requirements of British Pharmacopoeia 2002 (with additional tests carried over from British Pharmacopoeia1973).

For further information contact:
CSR Distilleries Operations Pty Limited
265 Whitehall St.
Yarraville, Victoria 3013
Phone: 1-800-819-618 / International: +61-3-9283-4500
Fax: 1-800-647-260 / International: +61-3-9283-4528

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