I’ll Have a Wee Bit of Whisky

I read something today that make me sit back in my chair and actually say out loud “what the f***!” 

A British art student, James Gilpin, who is studying at the London Royal College of Art has a very interesting hobby, he makes whisky.  What’s so interesting about that?  You may know many people into home brewing (I do a bit myself), well Mr. Gilpin has a method of brewing that uses elderly diabetic, rich in sugar, urine.  That’s right folks, pee.

The project is called “Gilpin Family Whisky” and the main source of material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including James very own grandmother.  The urine is than purified in which the sugars are removed and added to the mash to speed up the fermentation process. 

Once this process is finished it will turn into a clear alcohol where whiskey blends are added to give it color.  Then the product is bottled and labeled with the donor’s name and date. 

Although this is actually a very clever way to produce whisky, Gilpin, claims he has not intentions on selling this product, it is more of an art form.

References:

http://entertainment.stv.tv/showbiz/194132-wee-whisky/

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-08/24/pissky

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

6 Responses to I’ll Have a Wee Bit of Whisky

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  2. Robyn McKinney says:

    I want to know if this man consumes his own creations… This grossed me out a tad.

  3. Rachel Wolf says:

    I find this fascinating. In survival senarios, there is a way to distill your own urine to extract potable water from it. On a scientific level, there is very little wrong with urine…but we have been conditioned, and rightly so, to “squick” at the mere thought, sight or smell of it. On a scientific level, this experiment could lead to other ways to purify human waste and dispose of or recycle it to cut down on contamination.

    There are people currently who recycle all their urine by using it on their compost and gardens. It’s a component of what is called permaculture, and I’ve heard that Ellen Page (Juno) practices this by having removed toilets from her home. Fecal matter is mixed with ash and lime immediately after it’s deposited for later use in composting. Some “permies” go so far as to distill it and drink the water, using the solids on their gardens as well. Many woo woo doctors also advocate the drinking of one’s urine for anti-aging effects.

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