Method Iis to be used for the determination of alcohol,unless otherwise specified in the individual monograph.It is suitable for examining most fluidextracts and tinctures,provided the capacity of the distilling flask is sufficient (commonly two to four times the volume of the liquid to be heated)and the rate of distillation is such that clear distillates are produced.Cloudy distillates may be clarified by agitation with talc,or with calcium carbonate,and filtered,after which the temperature of the filtrate is adjusted and the alcohol content determined from the specific gravity.During all manipulations,take precautions to minimize the loss of alcohol by evaporation.
Treat liquids that froth to a troublesome extent during distillation by rendering them strongly acidic with phosphoric,sulfuric,or tannic acid,or treat with a slight excess of calcium chloride solution or with a small amount of paraffin or silicone oil before starting the distillation.
Prevent bumping during distillation by adding porous chips of insoluble material such as silicon carbide,or beads.
For Liquids Presumed to Contain 30%of Alcohol or Less— By means of a pipet,transfer to a suitable distilling apparatus not less than 25mLof the liquid in which the alcohol is to be determined,and note the temperature at which the volume was measured.Add an equal volume of water,distill,and collect a volume of distillate about 2mLless than the volume taken of the original test liquid,adjust to the temperature at which the original test liquid was measured,add sufficient water to measure exactly the original volume of the test liquid,and mix.The distillate is clear or not more than slightly cloudy,and does not contain more than traces of volatile substances other than alcohol and water.Determine the specific gravity of the liquid at 25,as directed under Specific Gravity á841ñ,using this result to ascertain the percentage,by volume,of C2H5OHcontained in the liquid examined by reference to the Alcoholometric Tablein the section Reference Tables.
For Liquids Presumed to Contain More Than 30%of Alcohol— Proceed as directed in the foregoing paragraph,except to do the following:dilute the specimen with about twice its volume of water,collect a volume of distillate about 2mLless than twice the volume of the original test liquid,bring to the temperature at which the original liquid was measured,add sufficient water to measure exactly twice the original volume of the test liquid,mix,and determine its specific gravity.The proportion of C2H5OH,by volume,in this distillate,as ascertained from its specific gravity,equals one-half that in the liquid examined.
Special Treatment—
VOLATILE ACIDS AND BASES— Render preparations containing volatile bases slightly acidic with diluted sulfuric acid before distilling.If volatile acids are present,render the preparation slightly alkaline with sodium hydroxide TS.
GLYCERIN— To liquids that contain glycerin add sufficient water so that the residue,after distillation,contains not less than 50%of water.
IODINE— Treat all solutions containing free iodine with powdered zinc before the distillation,or decolorize with just sufficient sodium thiosulfate solution (1in 10),followed by a few drops of sodium hydroxide TS.
OTHER VOLATILE SUBSTANCES— Spirits,elixirs,tinctures,and similar preparations that contain appreciable proportions of volatile materials other than alcohol and water,such as volatile oils,chloroform,ether,camphor,etc.,require special treatment,as follows:
For Liquids Presumed to Contain 50%of Alcohol or Less— Mix 25mLof the specimen under examination,accurately measured,with about an equal volume of water in a separator.Saturate this mixture with sodium chloride,then add 25mLof solvent hexane,and shake the mixture to extract the interfering volatile ingredients.Draw off the separated,lower layer into a second separator,and repeat the extraction twice with two further 25-mLportions of solvent hexane.Extract the combined solvent hexane solutions with three 10-mLportions of a saturated solution of sodium chloride.Combine the saline solutions,and distill in the usual manner,collecting a volume of distillate having a simple ratio to the volume of the original specimen.
For Liquids Presumed to Contain More Than 50%of Alcohol— Adjust the specimen under examination to a concentration of approximately 25%of alcohol by diluting it with water,then proceed as directed in For Liquids Presumed to Contain 50%of Alcohol or Less,beginning with “Saturate this mixture with sodium chloride.”
In preparing Collodionor Flexible Collodionfor distillation,use water in place of the saturated solution of sodium chloride directed above.
If volatile oils are present in small proportions only,and a cloudy distillate is obtained,the solvent hexane treatment not having been employed,the distillate may be clarified and rendered suitable for the specific gravity determination by shaking it with about one-fifth its volume of solvent hexane,or by filtering it through a thin layer of talc.
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Method II—Gas-Liquid Chromatographic Method
Method IIis to be used where specified in the individual monograph.For a discussion of the principles upon which it is based,see Gas Chromatographyunder Chromatography á621ñ.
USP Reference Standards— USP Alcohol Determination—Acetonitrile RS.USP Alcohol Determination—Alcohol RS.USP28
Apparatus— Under typical conditions,use a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame-ionization detector and a 4-mm ×1.8-m glass column packed with 100-to 120-mesh chromatographic column packing No.S3,using nitrogen or helium as the carrier.Prior to use,condition the column overnight at 235with a slow flow of carrier gas.The column is maintained at 120,and the injection port and detector are maintained at 210.Adjust the carrier flow and temperature so that acetonitrile,the internal standard,elutes in 5to 10minutes.
Test Stock Preparation— Dilute the specimen under examination stepwise with water to obtain a solution containing approximately 2%(v/v)of alcohol.
Test Preparation— Pipet 5mLeach of the Test Stock Preparation and the USP Alcohol Determination—Acetonitrile RS[NOTE—Alternatively,a 2%aqueous solution of acetonitrile of suitable quality may be used as the internal standard solution]into a 50-mLUSP28volumetric flask,and dilute with water to volume.
Standard Preparation— Pipet 5mLeach of the USP Alcohol Determination—Alcohol RSand the USP Alcohol Determination—Acetonitrile RS[NOTE—Alternatively,a 2%aqueous solution of acetonitrile of suitable quality may be used as the internal standard solution]into a 50-mLUSP28volumetric flask,dilute with water to volume,and mix.
Procedure— Inject about 5µLeach of Test Preparationand Standard Preparation,in duplicate,into the gas chromatograph,record the chromatograms,and determine the peak response ratios.Calculate the percentage of alcohol (v/v)in the specimen under test according to the formula:
in which Cis the labeled concentration of USP Alcohol Determination—Alcohol RS;USP28Dis the dilution factor (the ratio of the volume of the Test Stock Preparationto the volume of the specimen taken);and RUand RSare the peak response ratios obtained for the Test Preparationand the Standard Preparation,respectively.
System Suitability Test— In a suitable chromatogram,the resolution factor,R,is not less than 2;the tailing factor of the alcohol peak is not greater than 1.5;and six replicate injections of the Standard Preparationshow a relative standard deviation of not more than 2.0%in the ratio of the peak of alcohol to the peak of the internal standard.