Re: [new_distillers] produce ethanol
- Hi there
I don't drive, so I only produce ethanol for drinking.
The yeast is what turns your sugars into alcohol, (whether from sugar, corn
or whatever base you use), and you use the still to distill, or separate the
ethanol out of the original mixture, or "wash".
With a "reflux still", I understand that you can easily obtain a distillate
that is 96% alcohol, and I understand that this can be used as-is for fuel,
subject to correct engine adjustments.
If you denature it, (ie make it unsuitable for drinking by the addition of a
little petrol etc), this MAY possibly make it legal in those areas where
home-distillation is illegal... but check your local laws (discretely of
I also presume that you will not need to do the carbon filtering and other
purification processes that many distillers-from-drinking use.
However, I am sure there will be someone out there with more practical
experience of distilling alcohols for fuel than I do.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 7:36 AM
Subject: [new_distillers] produce ethanol
> Hi there,
> Thanks for the info. I wanted to produce ethanol as a fuel, as I
> heard it burns best, while I was at it, I wanted to produce about 3
> gallons for drinking. I am really not a drinker, however, I want to
> experiment. Any suggestions. I really don't understand why I need to
> use yeast. It looks like yeast is used for fermenation of about 1
> day, however, the still should produce ethanol in about 8 hours, as I
> read about the turbo yeasts it looks like it's used for beer instead.
> Can you help me out.
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