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Homework Help: Making Ethanol

  1. Apr 28, 2006 #1
    We are trying to make ethanol by using corn meal, sugar , amalyse and water, added with yeast in our school. So far, we've tried 2 table spoons of each + water and all corn meal, no sugar, also all sugar, no corn meal. Right now, the 2 table spoons is winning, I think.
    I was wondering if anyone have suggestions to the ratios of each of the substances so we can produce the max amount of alcohol?
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  3. May 7, 2006 #2
    At first I thought: you're making WHAT at school? But then I realized that you don't live in the United States, do you?
  4. May 9, 2006 #3
    To make enough alcohol, you probably should take off the water produced... because usually the n(ethanol) made is around 65%, and by taking the water produced by the reaction, it increases this value. This can be done I think by adding H2SO4 as a catalyser
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