MOTHER's Mash Recipes for Alcohol Production
- Romantic notions of the mountain moonshiner stoking up
his still deep in the woods soon fade away when one seriously attempts to produce his or her own "liquid sunshine".
- For example, though distillation is the fun part of the
process, preparing the mash, fermenting it, and using the by-products are the real work -- as well as the keys to running
an efficient operation.
- MOTHER's staffers have been hard at it for the last year
-- (1979-1980) mixing and mashing -- and we've put together a series of formulas to help take the mystery and confusion
out of ethanol fuel production.
- The list of raw materials that can be used to make alcohol
grows each day.
- Newcomers -- such as mangel-wurzels (or fodder beets),
Jerusalem artichokes, manioc, poplar trees, cellulose waste, and even cattails -- have been added to the list of traditionals,
which includes corn, sugar cane, potatoes, rice, and barley.
- (There are also peculiar -- but potentially fruitful
-- food industry byproducts such as waste pastry and stale tortilla chips.)
- Despite the variety, every alcohol-producing raw material
belongs to one of three groups:
<SOURCE> Mother Earth, 1980