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Production and Utilization of High Test Molasses in Fermentation Industry

Abstract Experiments were conducted in the laboratory as well as the sugar Processing steps involved milling, clarification, evaporation, inversion and concentration. water. The product obtained was a heavy mill to produce high test molasses from sugarcane. inverted

brown syrup, containing 76.06% total sugars, 2.85% ash and 15.09% The utilization of high test molasses for the production of

ethanol was carried out at laboratory scale to provide information on the most suitable yeast strain for alcohol fermentation, and expected yield.

a pilot-scale process, such as methods of processing, selection of The production of ehtanol from high test molasses was also The processing methods employed are presented The data indicate that the high test

evaluated on a pilot-plant scale using blackstrap molasses as a control substrate. and the results compared.

molasses has proved to be more advantageous as a raw material for alcohol fermentation than the blackstrap molasses due to the formers higher sugar content and less ash content.

From the

process, 422 litres of ehtanol were obtained from one tonne of the

high test molasses as against 259 litres of ethanol derived from the same amount of the blackstrap molasses. The production of high test molasses from sugarcane will be High test

beneficial for both farmers and sugar mills specially when sugarcane is in surplus and the world sugar price is extremely low. molasses could be used in place of blackstrap molasses with more in available sugar mills with only; minimal addition of equipment.

advantages due to its superior quality. Besides it can be produced