Automated Static and Dynamic Headspace Analysis with GC-MS for Determination of Abundant and Trace Flavour Compounds in Alcoholic Beverages Containing Dry Extract

March 30, 2012

LCGC Asia Pacific eNews

Direct injection for gas chromatographic profiling of alcoholic beverages is usually preferable, but where spirits and liquors contain appreciable amounts of non-volatile material, some mode of pre-treatment may be required to avoid both inlet and column contamination. This consideration applies in particular to products aged for extended periods in wooden barrels and especially products containing added sugar, as volatile artefacts from sugar decomposition in the hot injection port can also complicate the chromatogram.