Kansas Corn: Ethanol-Corn Mash and Distillation

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Grade Level: Middle School

In this lab, students will learn about ethanol and its important role in our world’s ever increasing demand for energy.  Students will go through the process of fermenting and distilling corn for ethanol production.

This lab has many variables that can affect ethanol production.  The procedure can be followed as is, or a more inquiry-based lesson can be used by having students choose a variable and make changes to see how that variable affects the amount of ethanol produced.