Ethanol Still

The Ethanol still is the key to home ethanol production, processing fermented biomass into ethanol as an alternative fuel. It starts with a large container where you put in the biomass that will eventually become ethanol. In the container you can start with cornmeal (to produce corn ethanol), sugar based plants, or cellulose (to produce cellulosic ethanol). Connected to this container is a series of tubes. Basically, the container is the place where the biomass is converted to a liquid solution. The solution goes through a series of filters and other processes until the ethanol is created and separated from the rest of the remains. Once you go through this entire process you will know how to make your own ethanol. Some may consider this one of the disadvantages of ethanol, since its going to cost you either time or money (or both) to get yourself a still, but in the end it is worth it.

How to build an Ethanol Still

There are many ways you can go when it comes to how to build an ethanol still. Since the process is basically to take an acid treated solution, ferment it, filter it, and distill it, you will definitely need a large container to house the initial solution, a series of tubes with increasing fine filters to filter out the solids impurities (lignin). While the initial filters can be wire mesh, the final filter in the series will be some kind of cloth or paper. The end product should be a fairly thin liquid which contains the ethanol. This is the liquid which will be distilled into ethanol. So basically everything boils down (pardon the pun) to making ethanol from sugar. The stuff that goes into the container is sugar (or something to become sugar), the yeast feads of the sugar, and produces the ethanol, and the ethanol still refines it.

Ethanol Stills

The magic happens in the ethanol stills, but what are ethanol stills and how do they work? After the 'yellow liquid' has been gathered, it needs to be distilled. To understand what comes next, you must understand the process of distillation. Basically, distillitaion is a heat induced separation process. By allowing the liquids inside the still to evaporate and condense appropriately, you can separate the e85 ethanol from the rest of the liquid and bottle it up for use. You can even further distill out the sulphuric acid and recover some of it for further use.

Home Ethanol Stills

There are many places to buy home ethanol stills, and it is likely to be a better idea than trying to make your own. Unless you want to learn how to make it properly for the sheer joy of doing it, I recommend you check a few places online and buy one. Don't make home ethanol stills unless you know what you are doing and you have some time on your hands. After all, a home ethanol still is going to save you money by turning trash (or other less expensive things) into fuel, so you can afford to buy a still as long as you are willing to use it.

Ethanol Stills for sale

As was said earlier, you should really consider checking out some ethanol stills for sale online. It will save you a lot of time to just buy one (complete instructions are available) and may even save you money, as you will only have to buy the parts of a home ethanol still for sale once. Also check out e85 conversion kits for sale if your car is not compatible with ethanol gasoline. Helping increase production from ethanol distillation and preparing your vehicle to be 85 compatible, you can help with ethanol expansion and help lower ethanol prices. This will bring us a more appealing answer to the question 'how much does it cost to make ethanol per gallon.'

Where can I buy an ethanol still?

If you are interested in making ethanol but have reservations about building your own ethanol still, then you're going to need to know where you can find ethanol stills for sale. Many websites sell plans, or even whole stills, to those willing to get involved in this mission. Here are just a few places to buy ethanol stills...
www.beutilityfree.com/still_home_page/still_home_page.html
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www.ethanol-still.us