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article number 25
article date 07-06-2011
copyright 2011 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Farmers Start Own Still During the Gasohol Boom
by Forrest Stipps Narrating to Stu Moment

Most of this article is composed of a scan from a 1980 farm newspaper. The newspaper references a large still operated by a group of local farmers near Philo Illinois. While the picture at the bottom of this page is not readable, it shows the layup of the article. Above the whole picture you will find readable copy of the whole article.

In a separate article under topic ‘Local Histories …’, Forrest learned about stills, built a model of a still and at what is now the Sidney, Illinois Saloon, operated a small ‘test still’ which made 196 proof alcohol. He was proud that a test of emissions from a truck didn’t pass with gasoline or 70 proof alcohol but passed with the 196 proof. (AUTHOR NOTE: I know the carb adjustment differences for alcohol and it the truck set for alcohol must have been running very rich on gasoline … but we’ll let the guys be proud anyway.)

It’s nice to see people create and innovate … Although this creation and innovation came to an end when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) shut them down.

Forrest Stipps with model of a large still.
Forrest and friend with small homemade still in his shop in Sidney Illinois.

Pieces of the article on the local farmer group appear below.

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