Cachaça production from sugarcane infested by Diatrea saccharalis


Abstract Cachaça is a highly consumed Brazilian spirit, which still needs studies on its agroindustrial processing. We can highlight the effects of infestation of pest insects in the sugarcane, and the chemical-physically characteristics of the drink. So, the aim of the study was to evaluate the consequences of the infestation of the sugarcane borer (Diatrea saccharalis) on the quality of the cachaça. The borer infestation results in less stalks productivity per hectare, and higher rates of acidity and phenol in juice and must. However, the borer did not affect the Brix, Purity, Total Reducing Sugars and pH of raw material. The cellular viability of infested stalks is less than of not infested stalks. The chemical-physical characteristics of the cachaça for both treatments meet the Brazilian legislation. However, the acetic acid is higher for infested stalks.



sugarcane borer, Saccharomyces cerevisae, alcoholic fermentation, distilleds drink, distillation