Alcohol Specifications


Ghana Standard GS 103 - 1990

Specifications for Gin


1. Definitions: (a) Gin: Alcoholic liquor made from neutral alcohol flavored with volatile products of juniper berries and other aromatics.

(b) Compounded gin: Gin manufactured by mixing neutral alcohol with water and the addition of gin concentrate.

(c) Essence-flavoured gin: Gin manufactured by mixing neutral alcohol with gin essence or flavors.

2. Description: Gin shall be a clear liquid, free from all matter foreign to it. It shall not contain any food additives.
3. Analytical requirements for Gin:


Test Method
GS 65
Clause No.

  1. Alcohol content, percent volume at 20C, minimum


Clause 2

  2. Total solids, percent weight, maximum

0.05 (500 p.p.m)

Clause 3

  3. Ash content, percent weight, maximum

0.02 (200 p.p.m)

Clause 4

  4. Esters, as ethyl acetate, mg/litre, minimum

20 (20 p.p.m)

Clause 5

  5. Volatile acids, as acetic acid, mg/litre, maximum


Clause 6

  6. Aldehydes, as acetaldehyde, mg/litre, maximum

4 (4 p.p.m)

Clause 7

  7. Furfural, mg/litre, maximum


Clause 8

  8. Methanol, percent volume, maximum

0.03 (300 p.p.m)

Clause 9

  9. Copper, p.p.m, maximum

10 (10 p.p.m)

GS 62

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