We had a wonderful 5 days with our new friend from Nigeria who was fulfilling a month long quest for solar and other sustainable power knowledge and techniques that he can take back to improve the quality of life in his village.
We crafted his class for the need to make fuel grade moonshine in a site that didn’t have modern amenities. Much like the prohibition era Moonshiners this technology is capable of making high octane motor fuel to outrun the revenuers or run a pump to bring water from a well.
He had already taken two of our online classes. One on the importance of bio-fuels (Free) and the other being a basic 101 distillation process How to do it. He had the general idea and having taken the online class for $50.00 he got $100.00 off the hands on training.
It is true you can make fuel alcohol out of anything that grows, but his village grows a lot of corn so that seemed to be a good place to start. A bushel of corn can make 2 and 1/2 gallons of ethanol fuel and the leftovers will still be nutritious food for animals or humans.
To cook a bushel of grain all at once, you need a 35 gallon crock pot as well as the strength to stir a 300 pound pot of oatmeal and keep it from burning for three hours. The village may have that kind of manpower but for learning purposes we start at 1/10th that scale.
Modern yeasts can ferment to over 20% alcohol in 5 days. We did that and ran an engine on fuel we made that week
After converting , fermenting and distilling we took a field trip to see how a megga producer makes fuel.
Same thing only bigger