Guess What! Science Has Figured Out A Way To Make Beer Out Of Pee!
By Cooking Panda
If you’re a beer snob, there’s a good chance that you’ve said, at least once in your life, that the light, watery beer you are drinking resembles urine. Now, there is a group of Belgian scientists that will make you eat your words — or, heaven forbid, drink them.
Light beer drinkers, rejoice: Scientists at the University of Ghent in Brussels, Belgium, announced that they created a machine that uses the sun to convert urine into drinkable water and fertilizer, some of which they will be brewing into beer, according to Reuters.
The water filtration system is energy-efficient and would particularly benefit rural areas that have little access to electricity and where clean water is hard to come by.
“We’re able to recover fertilizer and drinking water from urine using just a simple process and solar energy,” said University of Ghent researcher Sebastiaan Derese.
Here’s how it works: First, the urine collects in a huge tank that is heated in a solar-powered boiler. Then it moves through a membrane that separates the water, as well as potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients.
Researchers introduced the device at a 10-day music and drama festival in Ghent, where they were able to extract more than 250 gallons of water from festival-goers’ pee, publicizing it under the hashtag #peeforscience.
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Guess what they’re doing with those 250 gallons? Brewing it into beer, of course!
“We call it from sewer to brewer,” Derese said of the pee-water that will be brewed in the beer capital of the world.
The festival urine beer sounds a little wacky, but in context, it’s not that out there. People have brewed beer with whale carcasses, elephant dung, human beards, Rocky Mountain Oysters (also known as bull testicles) and actual oysters in the past, according to Mental Floss. And just last year, one water treatment company in Oregon began brewing beer from reclaimed sewage water (a.k.a. toilet flushings) — don’t worry, they purified it first.
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