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Driving On A Beer Buzz
"Starting in the second quarter, Sierra Nevada will place MicroFuelers at its Chico, Calif., brewery and make ethanol from the 1.6 million gallons of nasty bottom-of-the-barrel beer yeast waste. E-Fuel's system requires just sugar plus yeast to create ethanol, which the company claims can be made for a dollar a gallon (that's got to largely depend on the feedstock). While it sounds a lot like a backyard moonshine still, one of the product's innovations is supposedly an advanced membrane distiller that can separate water from alcohol with fewer steps and lower heat than other ethanol systems."