A Tennessee company just down the road from the famous Jack Daniels distillery is offering a homemade answer to America's energy needs: Make your own ethanol at home, like the moonshiners do.
Dogwood Energy, of Tullahoma, Tenn., offers recipes for 190-proof grain alcohol on its Web site, dogwoodenergy.com. And for $1,600 it'll sell you a still that can brew up 2.6 gallons of ethanol in 2½ days from a mixture of a fermented corn, yeast, water and sugar. It stands about 6 feet high and takes up about 5 square feet of floor space - a perfect addition to the well equipped garage.
Then you blend it with gasoline, not a touch of vermouth. "We make it very clear that it is against the law to drink what comes out of it," said Shelley McClanahan, a spokeswoman for the family-owned business.
You need a permit to make the stuff, and Dogwood has that covered. The Web site lets visitors download an application that can be sent to the feds.