How is ethanol produced in the laboratory?

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How is ethanol produced in the laboratory?
« on: 06/07/2008 09:37:57 »
Im doing some research into the production of ethanol from biofuel crops such as corn or sugar cane for my Extended Essay and how to reduce the amount needed for a decent yeild. I don't know much about the methods of production and i was wondering if anyone could help explain a laboratory procedure for creating ethanol from these crops.

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How is ethanol produced in the laboratory?
« Reply #1 on: 06/07/2008 13:11:52 »
Is this
http://www.miracosta.edu/home/dlr/210exp5.htm
the sort of thing you wanted?
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How is ethanol produced in the laboratory?
« Reply #2 on: 06/07/2008 15:31:21 »
Corn will be similar to barley so you will have to go through a malting process first I would imagine.
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How is ethanol produced in the laboratory?
« Reply #3 on: 06/07/2008 16:58:56 »
Thanks a lot for the link, just what i was looking for.  [;D] Mmm.. Whats the malting process?