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Old 08-28-2017, 01:53 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Edward Hamilton View Post
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.

I see. So what's left of the cane after crushing is used to fire the steam engine, thus there's a big additional energy cost associated with running the facility when there's no local cane available?

Thanks for the swift and specific reply!

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