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Old 08-28-2017, 01:42 AM   #2
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In the off season, rhum agricole distilleries work to maintain the boiler, steam engine, cane mills and harvest equipment such as tractors, trucks, etc.
A few distilleries do make rhum traditionnel from molasses in the off season, but only a few due to the economy of scale required to be competitive. It takes energy to make the steam to distill molasses and without more spent cane that energy costs a lot of money.

It should be noted that a few years ago as much alcohol was made on Martinique from fresh sugar cane juice as there was from molasses. In addition to making molasses-based rum you also have to sell it and compete in the market where there are much smaller differences in the actual product than in the rhum agricole market.
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