Interesting Facts in Easy English
- brewery: a factory where beer is made
- biofuel: a biological form of power made from waste or living matter
- inactive yeast: yeast that can no longer be used for its main purpose (i.e., to convert sugar into alcohol or relaxes dough), but still has nutritional properties
- dispose: to throw out or waste
- publicity stunt: a trick to attract media attention
- on the right track: taking an action that could eventually lead to success
- convert: to change from one thing into another
- feasible: possible and reasonable
- What is Brewtoleum made from?
- What is slurry sometimes used for on farms?
- According to this report, what is a more feasible use for beer waste?
Discussion Questions: Which alternative power source do you think the world should be getting serious about, and why?
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A New Zealand brewery is experimenting with beer power, and has created a new product called Brewtoleum. This is a biofuel made of inactive yeast that is leftover during the brewing process. The slurry is sometimes sold to farmers to use in livestock feed, though it is often disposed of as waste. While many believe Brewtoleum is simply a publicity stunt, others say the brewery is on the right track. Beer grain waste is becoming a big problem in many European countries. New restrictions prevent many breweries from selling beer waste to farmers. Though beer-powered cars may not be realistic, converting beer waste to biofuel for the purpose of powering breweries is actually feasible.
- Brewtoleum is made from inactive yeast found in beer waste.
- Slurry is sometimes used in livestock feed.
- According to the report, a more feasible use for beer waste than powering cars is powering breweries.