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6 Easy Steps To Make E85 Ethanol
Ethanol can be made by anybody with a small homemade still and a little practice. e85 can be made from various renewable substances making it the perfect choice for fuel.
Step One: . . . The Conversion Process
We have to break down carbohydrate sugars, such as the starch from corn. Create it into "Mash". Grind or crush the feedstock (corn, soybeans, wheat, etc...). Then dilute and add an enzyme (alpha amylase) to turn the mixture into a liquid. Once liquified a second enzyme is added (glucoamylase) to convert the starch into sugar. (If the source is mainly sugar, i.e...rotten fruit,molassas,etc..., the conversion step can be skipped.
Step Two: . . . Fermentation
Add yeast and make it into a beer (wine) type solution.
Step Three: . . . Distillation
The beer (wine) type solution needs to be run through a still to extract the alcohol from the solution.
Step Four: . . . Filtration
The ethanol now needs to be filtered to get rid of excess organic volatiles.
Step Five: . . . Dehydration
The ethanol needs to be "dried". After the distillation process there will be a certain amount of water in the ethanol you have just created - this can be dried running the ethanol through Zeolite a readily available product for drying ethanol.
Step Six: . . . Ethanol Into e85
Now simply convert the pure ethanol into e85 by adding 15% unleaded gasoline to your ethanol. e85 is nothing more than 85% ethanol mixed with 15% gasoline.
Please keep in mind that your vehicle must be capable of running on e85 Ethanol. Many newer vehicles are already flex fuel ready. If you are not sure if your car or truck is flex fuel ready you can contact your dealership, look in the gas lid door for the e85 sticker, and check your VIN number to see if you can burn e85 ethanol, I recommend doing all of the above to be on the safe side.
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