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Old 03-05-2022, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 03-05-2022, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thnx.

I should watch his next video to see if ethanol is bad for my [Superbeetle's] engine.

The part about soil carbon could be extended to food crops. No-till Permaculture exists.
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Old 03-05-2022, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thnx.

I should watch his next video to see if ethanol is bad for my [Superbeetle's] engine.

The part about soil carbon could be extended to food crops. No-till Permaculture exists.
I had problems with hoses rotting with ethanol in mine. From what I understand it's mainly the rubber components that it kills, such as hoses and carburetor o-rings and fuel pump and vacuum advance diaphragms.
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I was being rhetorical. I bought it from folk who'd brought it out of 14 years storage, and I've burned clear premium in it exclusively. It hasn't help the compression on #1, unfortunately.

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https://www.no-tillfarmer.com › articles › 2744-no-till-switchgrass-looking-possible
Switchgrass is one of the most-often mentioned possibilities. Switchgrass is a warm-season perennial that can potentially produce 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre, compared to 400 gallons for corn. Whether no-tillers could produce switchgrass to capitalize on the demand for the new fuel crop remains an open question.

Planting Method — Switchgrass
switchgrass.okstate.edu › stand-establishment › plantingmethod
No-till establishment of switchgrass may include planting into small grain stubble after graze-out or haying. The small grain should be killed with herbicide to remove competition with the switchgrass seedlings. A herbicide can be applied within a few days of planting switchgrass and should control any weeds, as well as the small grain crop.
IIRC it was Suspicious 0bservers that said climate change is reducing the viability of corn and increasing viability of wheat.
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You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

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Imagine having to mix av-gas into your clear premium to keep your car on the road. And having to home-brew your own Turbo Rocket Fluid[tm].
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From what i recall Sunoco selector pumps went to 125 octane for the pricely sum of 50 cents a gallon considering that 80 octane was 14.9/10 and could be had for 11. 9/10 at gas wars.

That 125 might have been repurposed aviation fuel that didn't meet spec
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Somehow I was unaware ethanol is 100 octane. Also found this claim interesting that blending it with gasoline increases the octane rating. Not sure what ratio is necessary to achieve that.

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The octane rating (Anti-Knock Index, AKI) of normal unleaded gasoline in the United States is 87. The octane rating of pure ethanol is 100. What's interesting is that when ethanol is blended with gasoline, it performs as if its octane rating is 112, making ethanol a very effective octane booster when used in gasoline.
https://extension.psu.edu/fuel-ethan...in%20gasoline.
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Expect there to be a lot less corn to ethanol with fertilizer shortages and high natural gas prices.
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Gearheads across the nation rejoice at this news.

Prediction: nothing will change. Big Farma is too well, errr, represented.
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Expect there to be a lot less corn to ethanol with fertilizer shortages and high natural gas prices.
Gasoline seems to be jumping up a few cents every day in my town.

Maybe I need to do something else with my lawn trimmings this summer... I wonder how many acres of grass I'd need to cut (push mower?!) to get a gallon of gasoline.

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