Make Your Own Fuel! Alcohol Fuel Basics

It takes some mechanical aptitude, but you can make your own fuel by fermenting appropriate feed stocks into 96 proof alcohol.



make your own fuel - agricultural biomass
If you decide to make your own fuel, many forms of agricultural biomass can serve as feedstock.
PHOTO: AP PHOTO/STEVE POPE
make your own fuel - corn field
For small producers, the best choices as ethanol feedstocks are crops with a lot of starch or sugar, such as corn (shown above) or sugar beets.
ADRIAN MATTHIASSEN/FOTOLIA
roller press
Turning plants into fuel! A small roller press crushes sorghum cane to extract the juices for fermentation.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
agitation vat
An agitation vat breaks down grain into a fermentable form.
COURTESY SARE
fuel ethanol still
A homemade small-batch fuel ethanol still at West Orchards in Missouri.
DAN WEST
The costs to make your own alcohol fuel.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors











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