Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Moonshine makes the car roll cheaper

A Tennessee company is selling an ethanol still that lets DIY moonshiners take revenge on Big Oil at the fuel pump. The 190-proof grain alcohol the apparatus distills works great for penny-pinchers who want to cut fuel costs, according to Dogwood Energy, the company that is helping motorists tap the awesome power of moonshine.

"You can save a lot of money. That’s what this is all about," said Shelley McClanahan, a spokeswoman for Dogwood, whose warehouse is just 5 miles from the Jack Daniel's distillery.

Consumers will need a permit to start cranking out the white lightning, and must promise to poison their output so nobody will be durn fool enough to drink the stuff. But a batch of shine costs only about 75 cents per gallon to produce, and using the ethanol to cut gasoline can drop the price per gallon of blended fuel to $1.09, the company says.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't what George Jones had in mind, but, hey, these are strange times in which we live.

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