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Old 07-03-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Largest distillery on Cuba starts production

Cuban rum distillery gets an upgrade now producing up to 1,000 hectoliters per day of 100% alcohol.

Distilleries don't typically produce 100% alcohol but production is calculated based on either 50% alcohol by volume or 100% alcohol by volume. When comparing numbers it is very important to look carefully at all of the numbers.

Though all of this alcohol won't be bottled as rum but to get an idea of the volume 1 hectoliter is 100 liters. Rum is typically bottled at 40% abv so 1,000 hectoliters equates to 1,000 x 100 x 100%/40% = 250,000 liters @ 40%abv
A typical case of rum (12 bottles x 750ml) is 9 liters so this equates to about 250,000 liters / 9 liters/case = 27,777 cases

A typical 20 foot container contains about 1500 cases
27,777 / 1350 or about 20 containers of rum per day.

Due to weight restrictions 20' containers are usually employed to ship alcohol when containers are full.
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