27 CFR 30.32 - Determination of proof obscuration.

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§ 30.32 Determination of proof obscuration.

(a)General. Proof obscuration of spirits containing more than 400 but not more than 600 milligrams of solids per 100 milliliters shall be determined by one of the following methods. The evaporation method may be used only for spirits in the range of 80-100 degrees at gauge proof.

(b)Evaporation method. Evaporate the water and alcohol from a carefully measured 25 milliliter sample of spirits, dry the residue at 100 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes and then weigh the residue precisely. Multiply the weight of the residue by 4 to determine the weight of solids in 100 milliliters. The resulting weight per 100 milliliters multiplied by 4 will give the obscuration. Experience has shown that 0.1 gram (100 milligrams) of solids per 100 milliliters of spirits in the range of 80-100 degrees proof will obscure the true proof by 0.4 of one degree of proof. For example, if the weight of solids remaining after evaporation of 25 milliliters 0.125 gram, the amount of solids present in 100 milliliters of the spirits is 0.50 gram (4 times 0.125). The obscuration is 4 times 0.50, which is two degrees of proof. This value added to the temperature corrected hydrometer reading will give the true proof.

(c)Distillation method. Determine the apparent proof and temperature of the sample of spirits and then distill a carefully measured sample in a small laboratory still, and collect a quantity of the distillate, 1 or 2 milliliters less than the original sample. The distillate is adjusted to the original temperature and restored to the original volume by addition of distilled water. The proof of the restored distillate is then determined by use of a precision hydrometer and thermometer in accordance with the provisions of § 30.23 to the nearest 0.1 degree of proof. The difference between the proof so determined and the apparent proof of the undistilled sample is the obscuration; or

(d)Pycnometer method. Determine the specific gravity of the undistilled sample, distill and restore the samples as provided in paragraph (c) of this section and determine the specific gravity of the restored distillate by means of a pycnometer. The specific gravities so obtained will be converted to degrees of proof by interpolation of Table 6 to the nearest 0.1 degree of proof. The difference in proof so obtained is the obscuration.

(Sec. 201, Pub. L. 85-859, 72 Stat. 1358, as amended ( 26 U.S.C. 5204))
[T.D. ATF-198, 50 FR 8535, Mar. 1, 1985, as amended by T.D. ATF-381, 61 FR 37004, July 16, 1996; T.D. TTB-91, 76 FR 5479, Feb. 1, 2011]

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Title 27 published on 09-Dec-2017 03:26

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 27 CFR Part 30 after this date.

  • 2017-01-04; vol. 82 # 2 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017
    1. 82 FR 1108 - Changes to Certain Alcohol-Related Regulations Governing Bond Requirements and Tax Return Filing Periods
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
      Temporary rule; Treasury decision; cross reference to notice of proposed rulemaking.
      This rule is effective January 4, 2017.
      27 CFR Parts 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 30