The Problem of Stills
I am personally a teetotaler and totally opposed to the use of alcohol as a recreational drink. Still alcohol does have its medicinal purposes and can also be used as an antiseptic and as an aesthetic. In fact in may be about the only aesthetic available until the production of ether can be established.
More importantly, here we are principally talking about the use of stills for making fuel. With all the surplus rotting potatoes in our area we would have liked to make a still and produce fuel for our diesel generators. But, presently, there is a $100,000 annual fine (license) for doing so. We will simply have to wait for a more propitious time.
The building and operation of a still takes some skill but it is not what we would call a high-tech operation. After all, the skill is most often identified with hillbilly moonshine makers. During WW2, when their big refineries were being bombed, the Germans successfully met much of their needs with small 'backyard' units and this may in part be the basis of the US outlawing their operation, but in the future it may also be part of the solution for our fuel needs. The designs here will at least demonstrate the principles involved. It may be largely a matter of scale to get up to larger volumes needed for fuel.
I am totally rewriting this page in 2012 from what it was a decade ago. Back then when we put out thousands of CDs, much of the information, because it was copyrighted by someone else, was in files that couldn't be unlocked (until given the key) . We had bought many books on the subject but weren't able to pass information on ahead of time.
Today, I feel that there is much better information available on the Internet. The problem with the following link and the videos is that that they reside on other web sites - and can disappear at anytime. The following is the only link that survives from our previous web page on stills. It is still quite good.