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  1. Well their old formula had nitrogen too. The hype is just hype, period. Understand the additives are just about 1 gal-2 gal per 8500 truckload and mostly just common mandated inhibitors and detergents as required by states. Got swamp land in Florida?
  2. When Cummins gets that ready for market- it might just be time to stroll on over to Columbus IN to pick up one for my Jeep LJ. 450 ft lbs of torque- 65 better than the same displacement block they developed for diesel- and while the HP is not listed for the diesel I am sure with the added torque and RPM the E85 allows- far greater HP. I would be able to put 35" tires on and not change from a 3.75 to 1 gear ratio to 4:28 like they do for gassers. Of course the axles just might break under the strain
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    E85 Tailpipe Carbon Build up

    That is exactly what I used to observe with the Ford Taurus I drove- and I used to point that out to anyone who would listen. I will say however that with the GM FFVs I owned or drove showed far less difference in tailpipe carbon- not sure why except the Taurus poured out a lot more condensation on cold start- possibly further cleaning the exhaust beyond the already low carbon emissions.
  4. You said a lot there Fleebut- and it is true. The Flex fuel auto was fine to build out the infrastructure but as we all know- the spread is not in favor of E85 often in an FFV (especially in winter and out of the cornbelt). I said from day one that we did not need more FFV's - we needed better ones or dedicated far superior ones. Unfortunately the public just does not "get" the advantage of fuel freedom- and that includes my wife who just does not value freedom as much as getting to fill up only once a week on crapoline vs perhaps one day less on E85. A proper dedicated E85 car that is both more efficient and has the same range as gasoline (perhaps with a slightly larger tank if all cannot be gain with efficiency) would be the "cat's meow". We likely need both dedicated and flex for the interim.
  5. Good find Robert- totally turns the view around doesn't it?
  6. Hmm- perhaps Jay should pamper his fleet a bit more (IF HE REALLY IS SEEING ISSUES-WHICH I DOUBT). Let me just say that I know two old boys with about 100 classic IH tractors who pay someone to drain every fuel tank of EO gas every 6 months and refill because of the water accumulation and fuel quality degradation of the E0 they seem to still put in them.
  7. Be sure to mount it between somewhat close to between 10 and 2 o'clock so it does not sit in condensation.
  8. What is Iowa's wholesale E85 price now? I have lost the link.
  9. 1outlaw

    99 cents/gallon in Lowell, Michigan!

    ISIS for one is taking a hit. Good. One the flip side this may end up impacting ethanol plants- especially if they have a contracted E85 spread to gas for resale.
  10. 1outlaw

    Dan, I'm going to do you one up... $1.19 in Lowell, MI!

    Not much better here with Kwik Trip- $2.499 E85 vs @ 2.599 for gas. Disgusted!!! To me it is just crooked. I have to go 50 minutes south to get great spreads (from United Coop)
  11. 1outlaw

    All Ethanol Plants that Blend E85

    Dan- ACE acquired the old Utica facility which was set up well to blend E85. A plant that is selling a lot of E85, E15 and E30 thru its large number of C-stores is United Coop in the Milton area of Wisconsin. They have blender pumps in their stations so I do not know if they plant blend or in the retail pumps only. BTW- I paid 1.98 for E85 at one of their stations 2 days ago.(E10 was 2.98). I told the Poynette attendant about your website and to share this with her manager in Milton that does the pricing- when I checked a few days later she said she had done so. Valero got the old Renew 100,000 million gal plant- it was set up to receive railed in natural gasoline and even blends E100 with nat gas to make it's E95 as it is loaded into rail cars and trucks (no premixed E95 in advance). What a waste of a great facility with 4 load lanes and two blender load arms. Valero will never load a drop of E85 there unless strong RIN economics come on--but the last time this happened Valero was just one of the complainers rather than use what they had.
  12. While most of us are interested in E85 for daily driving- some like performance. Looking at the names of several of these guys I recognize several who started tuning on E85 around '04-05. Some of these cars are hitting the mark pretty well; There are more awsome performance drag videos out there but the quality of the video, the fact they were all E85 guys (no gassers in the bunch), and not big name race teams lead me to post this. There really are 100's of cars running E85 or ethanol in drag and bracket races today and a lot of videos to see. No one should ever get the idea that ethanol is less than optimum for performance. What attracts a lot of these guys to E85 for racing is PERFORMANCE and COST. As some will say- they can run 2 or 3 drags for what it cost them on race gas before.
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    Bought a 2008 Jeep Wrangler

    Thanks guys. Good point on the engine being different and ability to handle alcohol being different BJ. I will likely never move it in salt season- it will be shedded in winter. I have other transportation I can use on salty roads.
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    Bought a 2008 Jeep Wrangler

    Dan, Still like your Wrangler? I'm looking for a 2004-2006 Jeep LJ Rubicon with no rust and with autotrans. I am basically wanting a great trail Jeep with road manners. Eventually it may get lifted into a mild rock crawler. The LJ is long wheelbase and the Rubicon in that year/series has Dana 44 axles with transfer case lockups. How is it handling E85 now? I would like the ability to use E85, yet use gas on trail where E85 is rare and range is required.
  15. Thanks for posting that off topic Gaso-- That video was about small towns all around where I grew up- Mellencamp lives about 10 miles from the home farm. That said though- I will not even live in a small town though I prefer them to cities. I'll only live close enough to get to autoparts, hardware, and grocery store. And bigger city- not a chance- I hate them all- the biggest I ever lived in had >500,000 in the county- I moved three times in it to get away from people. I'm just an old farm boy that is glad so many love the city that I can live in peace out here with nature. Hate to say it but I likely knew a few of the old folks in that video LOL.
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    An update on my FFVs

    :D :D
  17. Paid $2.20 for E85 yesterday and 10 miles away- Kwik Trip was $2.89 Shame!
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    An update on my FFVs

    So you like snow and whiteouts eh? Comes to mind when I first moved to Wisconsin in 1981. A coworker was telling a story about a man who was driving near Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin and was following another driver in a whiteout real close so as not to lose track of him and later rearend him. Story proceeded to the point where the car in front stops, the guy gets out, opens his trunk and pulls out his ice fishing gear. Guy behind discovers he has followed the other onto Lake Winnebago. At that point I said to myself- sure- another big tale to fool the Illinois/Indiana boy. Right- I'm not falling for that one. 4 years later I was driving in a really bad whiteout - so bad I could not pull off because roads were drifted in or invisible. There are no motels, no gas stations. I am following the guy in front slowly but only about a car length and a half back- could barely make out his taillights. suddenly I realized we were in the tiny town of Pipe- couldn't see the buildings but there was always this pipe over the road with the town name on it. THEN IT HIT ME- me an the guy in front were 1/4 mile east of one of the many access points onto Lake Winnebago. LOL- now I believe!
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    An update on my FFVs

    That charger is waaaay to nice to carry calcium chloride in the trunk unless you have a way to completely seal it- it is extremely hydroscopic and will virtually liquefy and then proceed to corrode everything in it's airspace. If you must carry a chloride -- potassium chloride (fertilizer potash- K2O) is less hydroscopic than all the other common deicers and will retain it's granular shape for traction. It too will be corrosive but less so- I would perhaps put it in a 20# kitty litter plastic pail with lid. it's ice melting effectiveness is similar to salt but will not act as effectively at as cold a temp as magnesium or calcium chlorides. Just my 2
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    New Mercedes

    Nice- I though Cenex was a farm Cooperative for farmers. That said here in Wisconsin I see at least one Cenex with many locations that have E10 on one hose and E15, E30, and E85 on the other hose. Could it be perhaps that mother Cenex opposes E15 on the same hose as E10?
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    Exploring building my own ethanol still

    I no longer know how to post links here so I will just say- search for Charles 803 still plans. You should also look at Mother Earth's website and David Blume;s Alcohol Can Be A Gas website (the plans on the latter are more expensive but they do have the 803 still plans for $35. I am guessing you can find decent plans for free on any website that is selling yeast and clay for dehydration. Also- you could search for old posts by one of the members here (Thumpin) who has built a couple of stills.
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    Abnormally low mileage lately

    Check the easiest- tire pressures drop as temp cools. If stopping @ c-store for anything until vehicle is completely up to temp- DONT in cool weather. This big engine will warm slower than your former car and will be much poorer in cool/cold weather. If it makes you feel better- my Avalanche loaded with tools, customer files, and survey equipment gets 17 MPG on a tank going downwind at 65 mph but only 14 driving in a corn field all day LOL You can add only 2mpg for crapoline.
  23. Knowing the process and limits of reuse of thin stillage in an ethanol plant- this seems an exciting thing to reduce energy AND produce either a food or feed; Engineer scales up process to improve ethanol economics (Biofuelsbusiness.com, May 23, 2011) by Biofuels Business Staff -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AMES, IOWA, U.S. — Iowa State University's (ISU) Hans van Leeuwen has moved his research team's award-winning idea for improving ethanol production from a laboratory to a pilot plant, ISU announced on May 19. Now he knows the idea, which produces a new animal feed and cleans water that can be recycled back into ethanol production, works more efficiently in batches of up to 350 gallons than on a lab bench. "We're learning we can reliably produce good quality and good quantities," said van Leeuwen, Iowa State's Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Engineering in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering. What van Leeuwen and a team of Iowa State researchers are producing is a fungus, Rhizopus oligosporus, that makes a high-quality, high-protein animal feed from the leftovers of ethanol production. The process of growing the fungus also cleans water from ethanol production so that it can be recycled back into fuel production. And the process, called MycoMeal, could one day produce a low-cost nutritional supplement for people. The project has two patents pending and has won several major awards, including a 2008 R&D 100 Award presented by R&D Magazine, the 2008 Grand Prize for University Research presented by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a 2011 Honor Award in University Research from the academy. The project also contributed to R&D Magazine naming van Leeuwen its 2009 Innovator of the Year. The research team working on the project is led by van Leeuwen and includes Nick Gabler and Mike Persia, assistant professors of animal science; Mary Rasmussen, a post-doctoral research associate in food science and human nutrition; Daniel Erickson, Christopher Koza and Debjani Mitra, graduate students; and Brandon Caldwell, a graduate of Iowa State. The project is supported by a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center and a Smithfield grant from the Office of the Iowa Attorney General. Lincolnway Energy of Nevada, Cellencor Corp. of Ames and Iowa State's Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm are also supporting the project. Here's how their process works to improve dry-grind ethanol production: For every gallon of ethanol produced, there are about five gallons of leftovers known as stillage. The stillage contains solids and other organic material. Most of the solids are removed by centrifugation and dried into distillers dried grains that are sold as livestock feed, primarily for cattle. The remaining liquid, known as thin stillage, still contains some solids, a variety of organic compounds and enzymes. Because the compounds and solids can interfere with ethanol production, only about 50 percent of thin stillage can be recycled back into ethanol production. The rest is evaporated and blended with distillers dried grains to produce distillers dried grains with solubles. The researchers add fungus to the thin stillage and it feeds and grows into a thick mass in less than a day — van Leeuwen calls it "lightning-speed farming." The fungus removes about 60% of the organic material and most of the solids, allowing the water and enzymes in the thin stillage to be recycled back into production. The fungus is then harvested and dried as animal feed that's rich in protein, certain essential amino acids and other nutrients. It can also be blended with distillers dried grains to boost its value as a livestock feed and make it more suitable for feeding hogs and chickens. Van Leeuwen said the production technology can save U.S. ethanol producers up to $800 million a year in energy costs. He also said the technology can produce ethanol co-products worth another $800 million or more per year, depending on how it is used and marketed. Now that the project has moved from a campus lab to the Iowa Energy Center's BECON facility in Nevada, van Leeuwen said researchers are working to improve the process at larger scales. "We're adding and subtracting, doing things differently and redesigning our process all the time," he said. Even so, the process has developed enough that researchers can use simple screens to harvest pellets of the fungus from the project's 20-foot high reactor. They're feeding some of the fungus to chickens and will soon start feeding tests with hogs. A next step could be testing the fungus for human consumption. As the project has successfully scaled up, so has van Leeuwen's optimism that the process could help the biofuels industry. "Implementation of this process addresses criticism of biofuels by substantially lowering energy inputs and by increasing the production of nutritious animal feed," van Leeuwen said. "The MycoMeal process could truly revolutionize the biofuels industry."