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Beer and Bio-fuel

By August 28, 2007

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A couple of months ago I joined in the hand wringing that the increasing demand for bio-fuels was driving up the cost of beer because former barley fields were growing crops destined for ethanol plants. Now it appears that this doesn't have to be and either/or sort of proposition. Researchers in Abertay’s School of Contemporary Sciences have received a grant to investigate the possibility of using the spent grains from brewing in the production of bio-fuels. Adds a new dimension to self-proclaimed beer activist Chris O'Brien's advice: "Drink beer. Save the world." In fact in an entry from last April he mentioned that Coors is already using some of its waste in ethanol production.

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August 31, 2007 at 8:07 am
(1) Celeste Goff says:

Chris O’Brien is a genius! His is a plan of activism I can be on board with!

November 22, 2007 at 1:01 pm
(2) Bill says:

This never was an either/or proposition! All of the biofuel crops can be grown on otherwise non-productive lands, and without fertilizers or pesticides. Use a mix of oil and carbohydrate crops, with barley. The oil crops provide for diesel fuels, carbohydrates provide for ethanol, and barley malt provides the enzimes to convert the carbohydrates to surgars for the yeasty beasties to make go juice. Sow the mixed crop along our highways, and use community service sentences, volunteers, or other service project groups to harvest. ALL of the biomass produced this way would be available for making fuels. Ethanol, biodiesel or methane. We have to force our governments at all levels to ‘Git r done!’

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