Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Making Your Own Fuel

  One day in the future you might be forced to either make your own fuel so you can still operate gasoline powered equipment or rely on walking, bicycle, or horse to get around. I have mentioned some type of Grid Down scenario in a previous post. One of these might be a cyber attack where vehicles are all still functional but there's no power to produce or dispense gasoline. If you had the foresight or ability to store gas it will help you get by for a while but will eventually run out. Gasoline is typically only good for about a year and even with additives it will go bad eventually. Adding stabilizers to the fuel might get you 24 months but it can still lose volatility and may make engines hard to start.

Make your own ethanol 

  An option for getting the fuel you need is an old tried and true method. Bootleggers could be your best friend in the future or you could become a very valuable asset to a group if you know how to distill. The process is pretty simple and the equipment needed is readily available. You need the following equipment and supplies to make your own Ethanol.

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  • Container or drum 
  • Yeast (Ethanol tolerant yeast is best)
  • A blunt pole to mash ingredients with
  • fruit
  • Reflux still (can be found online for less than $200)
  • Hydrometer for measuring sugar content
 First you have to get your fruit, banana peels, apples, pears, berries. Just about any type of fruit will do and overripe is okay. Next you put them in a barrel. Mash up the fruit using your blunt pole, add water and yeast then cover. You want the mash to be the consistency of applesauce. Monitor the sugar content daily and over the course of 10 days or so the sugar content will go to zero. You can find many alcohol recipes online.

  After sugar is gone you want to start distilling right away. If you don't, materials could develop that could harm your engine. Put the mixture into the STILL and follow the manufacturers directions to complete the process. After distilling there will still be a small amount of water left so you will need a special filter that can separate the water from the ethanol molecules. At this point you can mix 15% gasoline and 85% ethenol (E85) or run on pure Ethanol. You won't have the same power on pure ethanol but your engine will still run and get you where you want to go. 

  Another advantage to learning how to distill alcohol is the ability to make spirits. I'm sure that having some type of spirits to drink or trade in a world gone awry will make you the hit of any end of the world party!

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