Brewing your own fuel is easyâ€”it's also dangerous and potentially illegal
By Theodore GrayPosted 07.06.2007 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
Ethanol is hot stuff in Washington: It replaces oil and originates in electoral districts. It's basically the same alcohol found in liquor (with gasoline added), and too much in either form seems to cause people to lose their judgment.
To make it, whether in home stills or factories, cornmeal is put in vats with water and enzymes that convert some of the corn to sugar. Yeast added to the "mash" converts the sugar to alcohol. In a few days, the alcohol concentration tops 10 percent and the yeast goes inactive, having, ironically, rendered its own environment toxic.
By Tom ClynesPosted 07.02.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The appealing prospect of throwing money at American farmers rather than Middle Eastern sheiks is just one reason that ethanolthe 200-proof moonshine used in early versions of Ford's Model Thas come back into favor. This year, U.S. automakers will churn out a million flexible-fuel vehicles, and the number of ethanol-stocking gas stations will increase by a third, to about 1,000.