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Thursday, April 27, 2006

How to make moonshine

An interesting note: the creation of ethanol uses the same (or very similar) distilling process as making moonshine, or other potable alcohol drinks. In fact, ethanol producers have to insert an additive to the product before they transport in order to make it non-drinkable, or suffer governmental penalties.

I had a friend that worked in the fuels division on an aircraft carrier, and was in charge of the plant that made the jet propulsion fuel for the aircraft. He told me that it was common for large alcoholic drink companies, like Anheuser-Busch, to recruit guys like him for work when they got out of the Navy. The technology, according to my friend, was almost exactly the same, so it makes sense that it works the other way around as well. I wonder if guys working at Budweiser are getting pulled away to make ethanol...

***UPDATE***CNN Video on this topic: http://www.cnn.com/video/partners/clickability/index.html?url=/video/us/2006/04/27/snow.shift.to.ethanol.cnn

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