Could an ethanol plant already producing fuel ethanol also produce ethanol to drop an olive in and drink out of a martini glass?
Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 10:56:05 AM
Johannes "Hans" Van Leeuwen, professor of environmental and biological engineering at Iowa State University, thinks ethanol plants should reach out and grab a share of the alcohol market.
A few ethanol producers are already making it work. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, Minn., has been producing vodka alongside fuel and industrial grade ethanol since 2002. Ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. produces both fuel and beverage alcohol,vodka and gin,from corn.
Production of beverage alcohol requires a distilled spirits permit, which CVEC has through its company Glacial Grains Spirits LLC. The permit allows CVEC to ship an undenatured, consumable product, so the vodka can be bottled and labeled off site. A distilled spirits permit is quite different from a fuel ethanol permit, according to Art Resnick, director of public and media affairs for the Tax and Trade Bureau.
The vodka and gin produced by Archer Daniels Midland are all made from the same corn that is used to make fuel. The ADM plant in Peoria, Ill., produces fuel, industrial grade alcohol and a high-proof grain neutral spirit that is used as a stock to make beverage alcohols like vodka. The plant in Clinton, Iowa, has the capability of producing fuel alcohol as well as vodka and gin, although currently the plant is making gin from beverage alcohol shipped in from the Peoria plant.
Actually this concept has been done for several years and it is ongoing with these two companies as well as others.
[Edited by: goldseeker at 10/2/2013 10:57:14 AM EST]