Liqueur Recipe Analyzer

This calculator is used for situations where several ingredients of known composition and of known quantity are to be combined and the aim is to calculate the composition and volume of the product.

The calculator includes separate panels for up to 6 raw materials or ingredients. More that 6 ingredients can be used by combining them manually or by chaining calculations in sequence. If there are less than 6 ingredients the unused panels are turned off by clicking the on/off button in the top right corner of the panel (See images below).

Liqueur recipes that have been analyzed can be printed and also saved to disk files for distribution and later re-use.

A brief description of the recipe analyzer follows below, and then there is a detailed example of a typical calculation.

The first 3 panels are called Sources 1 to 3 and are all the same. These are used for any ingredients that contain alcohol, sugar and water. However, either the alcohol or the sugar level (but not both) can be set to zero allowing these panels to also be used for ingredients that contain alcohol and water only, or sugar and water only.

Typical ingredients that might be entered here would include previously produced base liqueurs, infusions, flavorings, syrups or speciality spirits.

Here is an example of how one of the Source panels might be completed

Source panel for liquid ingredient in liqueur recipe analyzer

The green fields are for data that is to be entered by the user and the white fields are where the calculated results are shown. In this example the Volume field is green because the user has selected the Quantity as (at the top of the panel) to be Volume and in this case the program will calculate the mass.

The spirit panel is provided for an ingredient that contains alcohol and water only. It follows exactly the same format as that for Sources 1, 2 and 3, but it is simpler in that it does not allow for any sugar.

Spirit panel for liquid ingredient containing alcohol and water only

Here again, the user provides the quantity of spirit in volume terms and the program calculates the mass. Note the On/Off button in the top right corner which allows this panel to be de-activated if it is not needed.

The water panel again follows the same basic format as the others, but it is even simpler because it cannot contain any alcohol or sugar.

Water panel for liqueur recipe analyzer

The dry sugar panel is the simplest of all because it only allows for the quantity of sugar to be specified in mass terms. Specifying the quantity of sugar in volumetric terms is not sufficiently accurate because the density of granular sugar depends on the particle size and size distribution. All that is needed here is to turn the panel on or off and to set the mass units to use.

Dry sugar panel is used for sucrose and other minor soluble solids

As soon as all the required data for the ingredients has been entered the program will calculate the composition and quantity of product. If the result fields in the Product panel are colored white it means that the calculation has been performed successfully. The Calculation Status Bar will give information if an error is preventing the calculation.

Here is a typical set of results

Water panel for liqueur recipe analyzer

The liqueur recipe analyzer calculates the alcohol and sugar contents in the resulting product. Having this product specification enables the distiller to use the liqueur blending calculator to calculate the ingredient quantities required for different sized batches and for different ingredient specifications.

An example of how the liqueur recipe analyzer is used

This example shows how a typical liqueur recipe containing 10 ingredients can be analyzed to determine the ABV and Brix of the product, and also give the volume that will result. Note that some ingredients are given in mass terms and some in volume terms but the analyzer will do all the necessary conversions and give the final product in mass and volume units.

Example recipe

This example is described as giving 600 US gallons of product at 5.5% ABV and 110 gram/liter of sugar.

Example liqueur recipe for analysis

This liqueur recipe has more than 6 ingredients and the discussion below describes how it is handled in the liqueur recipe analyzer.

Combining ingredients for analysis

When there are minor ingredients other than alcohol, sugar or water they can usually be treated as though they were either sugar or water.

Item 1 will be handled on its own and is shown as Source 1 below.

Item 2 will also be handled on its own as Source 2.

Items 3 through 7 will all be combined and treated as sugar. The non-sugars are present in such small quantities compared with the cane sugar that the error introduced will be insignificant. The coloring is insignificant and will be ignored. The combined items are shown in the Dry Sugar panel.

Item 8 will of course be entered into the Spirit panel.

Items 9 and 10 will be combined and treated as 520 US gals of water.

Data entered for Sources 1 snd 2 Data entered for spirit, water amd sugar

Calculated results

Here we can see that the original recipe was well formulated because the ABV, Brix and product volume are all very close to the expected values. The alcohol content for excise purposes is also displayed at the very bottom of the Product panel.

Product specification calculated by liqueur recipe analyzer

The liqueur recipe analyzer has determined the resulting Alcohol Strength and Sugar Loading for use in the liqueur blending calculator. Note that in the Source 2 panel, which was used for the Flavoring, the mass percentage of the Flavoring is calculated for use in the blending calculator.