RE: [Distillers] Pulping beets
- Hello Erik,
Hopefully you will report to the alcoholfuel forum on your project if you
are not making a beverage. And even if you are making a beverage, many
people will be interested in your size of project. It seems larger than a
hobby and smaller than a fuel supply business. Thanks for your interest in
distilling. We learn a great deal from many different people with a variety
From: Distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Distillers@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of erikandruscarpentry
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 7:41 AM
Subject: [Distillers] Pulping beets
New to this forum.
I'm a farmer working with a new licensed distillery in Vermont, still under
construction. Anybody have any experience working with beets for
We've done quite a bit of research already. Sugar beets are used quite a
bit in large scale ethanol but we've found few models for how to set things
up for small scale production. With just a few tons of beets on hand for
this season, the equipment we are going to be using is kind of neither fish
nor fowl, too big for home-scale methods but too small for a real commercial
operation. We're doing the best we can to improvise processes.
The beets we're working with (mangels, actually) seem to have around 5%
potential alcohol and are all sugar, no starch.
For trial runs we're looking to pulp and cook them in 200-250 gallon
batches. We'd love to contact anyone with related experience.
Best, Erik Andrus
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