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http://blumedistillation.com Make your own Ethanol for $1 per gallon or less with Blumedistilation.
Thurmond, if you want something more cost effective (<$30,000) check out Allard Research & Development. I bought their unit for $25,000 and it is only 5' x 3' x 6' and can be monitored remotely via an Iphone. It runs off of 240v electrical service and my unit will produce 2 gallons/hour... idea for a smaller setup.
I agree, i had difficulty in making contact via phone several months ago... turns out a contractor or someone had cut their phone line and Allard was having trouble getting it repaired.I agree too that it is a chunk of money but I needed the tax write off and thanks to the Govt we are allow a significant Equipment deduction. I unfortunately dont have the time to build something for now and this system is pretty nice. I plan on trying to make a small business out of this. I have many people already wanting to buy my ethanol from me. I am trying to setup a CSA/CSE (I am a big dreamer).
You may want to check out Steven Harris at Knowledge Publication (USH2.com Soloar, Hydrogen, Biomass, Energy Group on Facebook). Steven is supposedly working on building a still (possibly solar) that i think he plans to sell at Knowledge Publications for home/backyard.
That yeast/enzyme issue can be difficult too. I am getting my yeast from Mile-Hi Distributing (you probaly are aware of them) but I have a link to other that maybe you posted, i think some time ago.
Nonetheless, all of the work we are doing (I have run all ethanol I have produced in lawn mower and 2007 Nissan Murano) does help the environment... we are doing more than most!By the way, I was introduced to a 7th generation herbalist who has references to family writings discussing the "black stuff" in the ground. He tells me that he uses a very common fungus that can be found everywhere to ferment his grass clippings to make ethanol. I have been trying to get that fungus information from him but he is reluctant at the moment... I keep trying though.
Fungus to break down grass clippings (cellulose) makes perfect sense because most cellulase enzyme is derived from certain fungus (either natural or genetically modified). I have been looking around the pastures on my ranch for fungus that is breaking down mesquite and native grasses. There are termites here that encase the grass with mud tubes and then proceed to consume it. They definitely have the right components in their body to do the conversion. The question is how to extract the enzymes or fungus for a larger scale use. Several look promising but no testing done or data yet. Gene splicing CAN be done at home. There was an article some years ago in The Scientific American series, "The Amateur Scientist". I would rather let nature work naturally for me though. Think permaculture.
By the way, I was introduced to a 7th generation herbalist who has references to family writings discussing the "black stuff" in the ground. He tells me that he uses a very common fungus that can be found everywhere to ferment his grass clippings to make ethanol. I have been trying to get that fungus information from him but he is reluctant at the moment... I keep trying though.
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