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Frequently Asked Questions about the Alcofloat Spirit Test Kit

Why do I need the Alcofloat Spirit Test Kit?

The Alcofloat Spirit Test Kit helps licensees ensure that spirits sold in their establishments meet their legal descriptions, and can be used to detect the presence of ‘added water’. Regular testing with the kit can provide a defence of ‘due diligence’ in any legal proceedings or industrial tribunals.

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Which spirits can the Alcofloat test?

The standard Alcofloat kit can be used to detect the presence of additional water in a wide range of popular spirits with labelled ABVs of 40% and 37.5%. A second model, primarily intended for regulatory authorities, can detect ‘watering’ in a range including 43%, 40%, 37.5% and 35% ABV. Other more specific and tailored instruments can be made to order.

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Who can use the kit? Will they need training?

The kit can be used by verification authorities such as Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers, by pub managers and cellar-men, and by auditors and stock-takers — in fact by anyone who has an interest in maintaining the high standards needed in public house management today. The kit is extremely easy to use, and is supplied with a comprehensive set of simple, step-by-step instructions.

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How large a sample does the Alcofloat kit require?

The system requires a minimal amount of test spirit – approximately 1.5ml, or a 1/4 of a teaspoon. Therefore, the user can test frequently without fear of excessive wastage. Best practice in food hygiene recommends that the tested liquid should not be returned to the bottle for later sale, thus the use of the Alcofloat kit can produce significant savings.

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Are there any additional benefits to using the Alcofloat kit?

The kit is supplied with a highly visible and durable carrying case. This can be displayed on your premises, acting both as a deterrent and also as an advertisement as to the high standards of customer protection in operation in your establishment.

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