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Old 02-02-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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Glad you got to see more than the golf cart and bat tour. As I flew over the Bacardi distillery last week, I could almost smell the fermenting molasses.

I was also impressed that there seemed to be less effluent coming from the distillery into the bay. Bacardi was the first distillery of which I was aware to make an effort to clean up their waste product stream and turn it in to methane to fire their boilers. That experiment didn't prove to be as productive as the accountants would have liked but like they say in the chemistry lab, no experiment is a failure.

I don't know the exact figures but I'm told that today Bacardi recovers a significant amount of methane from their spent yeast reducing the biological oxygen demand on the environment.
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