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Old 12-16-2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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I'd plan on collecting some rain water and then distilling if it's been sitting around too long.

You might have better luck looking for sugar than molasses in the islands.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:57 PM   #12
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I'd plan on collecting some rain water and then distilling if it's been sitting around too long.

You might have better luck looking for sugar than molasses in the islands.
I agree with Ed. Desalinized water is just not good and local sugar is not a bad choice to begin a run with. You can pony up and add some molasses to the wash to enhance the flavor.

Let the research continue!
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:05 PM   #13
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Rum runner I've always heard lamenting stories about PR's last Sugar cane harvest and how cane is no longer grown. Is there cane still grown on the island?

James as your better half knows you are right in that as an industry sugar cane is basically gone from Puerto Rico. However there are still some small plots and backyards that grow cane. There is at least one local here who grows it in his back yard and has a grinder to collect juice and then condense it into a light syrup. He sells it as a health food drink, but in quantity his prices are much more manageable.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:21 AM   #14
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In an effort to learn more about the business end of rum production I have just ordered a 16 litre copper pot still with double rectifiers, a condenser and electric heater. Now I just have to learn the basics of fermentation and distillation!!
That's really impressive and VERY ambitious Rumelier! Have fun on your rum making journey!
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good luck with your venture. we are looking into purchasing a still as well, but we're going to experiment with wine making first to see if we're capable! i look forward to hearing your results.
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In an effort to learn more about the business end of rum production I have just ordered a 16 litre copper pot still with double rectifiers, a condenser and electric heater. Now I just have to learn the basics of fermentation and distillation!! If anybody knows of some good sites or books or suggestions from personal experience I would be very happy to listen.
This is intended to be a fun project only. I think my biggest problem will be finding appropriate supplies on such a small island, so I may have to compromise a little. I do have a couple of spare barrels lying around if I do decide to make several batches, results will be the key to this.
On a side note, part of our old retail store is being turned into a wine club, where a limited membership will be able to turn grape juice in to wine. So I will have access to tanks etc. Maybe some distilled wine might be an option too!!
I will use this topic for updates. The still is due to arrive later this week.
I got to ask, where did you find your pot still? I have been trying to find a place to buy one for some time.

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From these guys:- http://www.copper-alembic.com/index.php?lang=en

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James as your better half knows you are right in that as an industry sugar cane is basically gone from Puerto Rico. However there are still some small plots and backyards that grow cane. There is at least one local here who grows it in his back yard and has a grinder to collect juice and then condense it into a light syrup. He sells it as a health food drink, but in quantity his prices are much more manageable.
thanks Rum Runner. I'll have keep my eyes out when Im down there again, maybe that isn't baby bamboo growing... I know I'd scoop up that sugar cane juice for health benefits.
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