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    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Australian Rum regs denote 'Sugarcane Products' I certainly see both sides of the Rum/ Whisky view on Sorghum and am on the Grain Whisky side of the fence - although sorghum molasses would certainly boost those all important Brix nicely..
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    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Approx 120-150L Clean clarified Cane Juice extracted from 1000Kg/ Metric Tonne of Fresh harvested Cane - that is using a First-Press 3 Roller Mill with ~70% efficiency. Hammer Mill/ Shredder/ Mulcher pre Mill would increase up to perhaps ~90% extraction. Lacto infection abounds in a Cane Crush/ Juicing Mill.
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    Is it worth using sugarcane in rum production ?

    Cut Cane - Juice - Syrup processing within ~24 hrs - commercial Sugarcane Mills target 16 hrs. Cut Cane & use a Heavy Duty Garden Shredder/ Mulcher & then a 3-Roller Mill (or hydaulic wine press) to extract juice. Unless you scrub cane clean - juice will be very dark & dirty. Next step is Fine Screening Filter prior to Mix Juicer - Holding tank at 78c for 1 hr with Lime added to pH of 7.8-8.0 to break down natural cane fibre starches with cane amylase. Clarify your juice with a food grade flocculant to settle out the Mill Mud. You then need to evaporate the water off the juice (SugarCane is ~70% water/ 15% Fibre 15% Sugar). Vacuum Evaporator is the best way to go here to increase Brix from ~15-16 of Juice to ~60 of Cane Syrup. If you want an Agricole style product - just filter the juice & let wild ferment or add in your yeast. If you want Cane Syrup for a Rum Fermentation than the above process is just a 'snapshot' of the reality of Commercial Sugarcane processing & Cane Syrup Production. Panela/ Muscovado/ Pilloncillo/ Rapadura are all essentially dry Massecuite - boiled, unrefined raw sugar syrup. SugarDaddy on here is your man for Panela. How do I know this - I do all of the above every day including the Farm to Barrel process of Rum & Agricole production in Australia - including Crushing/ Juicing/ Syrup/ Fermentation/ Distillation/ Barrel Management. Happy to assist.
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    HAZ EX/OP Area - Mobile/ Cell Phones

    For clarity on this - it is not my DSP but who I work for. The DSP is owned & operated here in Australia by the local county (Municipal Council) - primarily as a Tourist attraction for the Sugar Cane & Cane/ Sugar Processing industry in AU. Due to the 'Risk adverse' nature of the County/ Municipal Council - the OSHA/ OH&S is somewhat overkill due to the public interaction & proximity to the HAZ areas (4-6 ft). I concur on the ~80 DSP visits I have done across AU/ NZ/ USA/ Canada/ UK/ Ireland/ Italy that very few if any have these same issues.. Other than Mythbusters dis-proving the Cell phone- Gas Pump myth - is there any Industry related reference or 'Code of Practice' etc that can be sourced or Professional opinion weight in on this?
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    HAZ EX/OP Area - Mobile/ Cell Phones

    Hi ADI. What is the realistic & legitimate Risk Assessment of use of Mobile Phones/ Cell phones and even Vehicle Key Fobs in direct zone around Distillation Pot/ Column under operation for an 'Open' system versus 'Closed' system? Tight OSHA/ OH&S here on a small (200L Pot & 200L Column) Rum Distillery that is up & close & personal for Tourists to visit & frequent & after touring ~80+ Distilleries globally in past 5 years, very, very few have a mobile/ cell phone policy within the stillhouse. All feedback, thoughts & advice appreciated.
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    Thermocouple - Wifi Data-Logger

    Looking for simple Thermocouple data loggers & software for tracking Vapour & Pot temps during runs.. Any Recommendations & tips appreciated.
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    Historic Books About Distillery Business?

    Google Books has plenty to search back to 1700s & 1800s
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    Looking for suggestions on separating grain after mashing

    Love your work Pete - always inspirational Do you treat the grain for any further recovery after this screen? What is the screen um size - would you go any finer? What is your run-time on this per `100L or 1000L?
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    Continuous fermentation

    Some great reads on various other Distilling Forums on multiple generation washes & also Dunder/ Backset etc. Have you done any cost benefit or pro's & cons on doing this. You looking at a larger wash & removing a % for each stripping run - to then top up & continue the ferment?
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    Anaerobic Digester

    Google - Solar Cites - 3 x IBC Biogas Digestor.. Youtube videos, 3D drawings, Instructional videos. Plenty HDPE/ roto-moulded biogas digestor concepts out & about.
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    Fermenting pineapple juice

    G'day Pete. Very interested in following your progress on this.
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    Malt Whiskey from Tails?

    Yes - interested if there is ant historical/ factual detail on the 'Queen's Share' of is it simply marketing & branding. Yes - Commercial Rum distilling Down Under pushes all their Pot Still Feints to a Column Still for Vodka production yet takes a heart -tails cut for their of the feints as their Column Still Rum.
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    Looking for suggestions on separating grain after mashing

    Geek - care to outline Lauter screen Mesh/ Screen sizing?