By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

I ran across this website today, and had to share it. All you need for that home ethanol distillery operation, sans the taters. Those you have to grow for yourself!

From the brochure:

Automobile Conversions
Our “SIMPLE SOUR MASH TO SIMPLE ALCOHOL FUEL” book contains a complete section on this subject, in addition to much more valuable and useful information relating to alcohol.

Sour Mash Method
We use and recommend the SOUR MASH METHOD for making alcohol. With this method, the mash is not cooked. This enables you to use your mash over and over. The process is simple:

1. You make a “mash” out of corn, grains, potatoes, sugar beets, fruits, etc. with water, yeast and a sweetening agent such as molasses.
2. The mash makes a “beer” during the fermentation.
3. The “still” takes the alcohol out of the beer during distillation. Only the liquid beer is placed in the cooker using the SOUR MASH method. This enables you to use your mash over and over. Cooked mash can be used only once.

If you choose to cook your mash using enzymes, all REVENOOR stills will work equally well using this method.

***The average auto uses 800 gallons of fuel per year and a single acre of sugar beets for example would yield about 1200 gallons of alcohol.


Download brochure: Revenoor Ethanol.

We can wean ourselves from gasoline and strangle the likes of BP et. al., by becoming self-sufficient and making our own ethanol! This is doable!

Barbara H. Peterson

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6 Responses to “Homemade Ethanol – This is Doable!”

  1. Good question. Here is what I have found.

    Go to this link – and scroll down a little over half way to this:

    Modifications to engines

    The use of ethanol blends in conventional gasoline vehicles is restricted to low mixtures, as ethanol is corrosive and can degrade some of the materials in the engine and fuel system. Also the engine has to be adjusted for a higher compression ratio as compared to a pure gasoline engine, in order to take advantage of ethanol’s higher oxygen content, thus allowing an improvement in fuel efficiency and a reduction of tailpipe emissions.[53] The following table shows the required modifications to gasoline engines to run smoothly and without degrading any materials. This information is based on the modifications made by the Brazilian automotive industry at the beginning of the ethanol program in that country in the late seventies, and reflects the experience of Volkswagen do Brasil.[53]

  2. FarmSchooler says:

    So, how do you convert a car from gasoline to this alcohol. Do you have to do anything special to the car?

  3. Joe,

    I think that keeping everything small and local is the ticket. We need to get our food from local farmers if possible, and grow as much of it on our own as we can. This also applies to personal fuel production. It is easy to grow beets and potatoes, and one acre of sugar beets will provide 1200 gallons of ethanol, according to the site. That’s definitely enough for me for the year and then some.

  4. Joe says:

    There are 2 sides to every coin … if you take current grain production and divert it to biofuel production you will raise the cost of grains to the worlds poor and cause millions to starve. (This has occurred over the past few years.)

    Keeping fuel production small and local could hopefully avert this negative effect.

  5. Exactly, SamFox. I’ve been saying this very thing. Here is a video: Introduction to Cannabis Hemp at

  6. SamFox says:

    How about hemp for a bio fuel on a national basis? Henry Ford made a car from hemp & fueled it with hemp based fuel. Look it up at YouTube.