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Drink more beer, save the planet [VIDEO]

New Zealand brewery DB Export has created a biofuel made using the leftover yeast from brewing its beer.


July 10, 2015
by PLANT Staff

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A New Zealand brewery wants us all to drink more beer. We’ll help save the planet, it says.

How so? Well, DB Export, a brewery located in Otahuhu, New Zealand, about 15 minutes from downtown Auckland, has created a biofuel made using the leftover yeast from brewing its beer.

It’s called “Brewtroleum.”

As reported by the NZ Herald, the company recycles yeast slurry that would have otherwise been thrown out or given to animals as feed, and turns it into ethanol, which can be mixed with plain, old petroleum fuel.

The process isn’t exactly revolutionary. Fuel comprised of 10% ethanol and 90% petroleum is very common. But DB says “Brewtroleum” is the first time a fuel has been made commercially available comprised of beer by-products.

The fuel will be available at 60 Gull gas stations across New Zealand. DB says it has produced about 300,000 liters of fuel from 7,925 gallons of ethanol, which it expects to last about six weeks.

DB produced 8.8 million bottles of beer to make the supply.

Check out the video below. These guys are definitely onto something. And it gives us all a reason to drink more beer – it’s environmentally friendly! (Just no drinking and driving, please.)

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