May 15, 2006

JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER TO DRIVE THUNDER ROAD:

New life found for the ol' still - make your own ethanol (Associated Press, May. 15, 2006)

The still - standard equipment of any moonshiner - has a shot at becoming the must-have accessory of penny-pinching motorists.

An upstart Tennessee business is marketing stills that can be set up as private distilleries making ethanol - 190 proof grain alcohol - out of fermented starchy crops such as corn, apples or sugar cane. The company claims the still's output can reduce fuel costs by nearly a third from the pump price of gasoline.

Buyers of stills need a federal permit to make ethanol on private property. In what amounts to an honor system, they are to add a poison to their homemade alcohol so it isn't white lightning.


Where have you gone, Junior Johnson, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2006 1:15 PM
Comments

I note that this article touches on an issue I wrote about a while back, which is that ethanol is a tax nightmare when it's taxed as both a fuel and a beverage. I predict some major collisions between BATF and DOE. It won't do much for OJ's dreams if ethanol ends up at a severe tax disadvantage to gasoline.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 15, 2006 11:04 PM
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