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Whiskey Made from Urine of Type-two Diabetics

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Sure, you like your whiskey, but do you like it enough to try a whiskey made from the urine of elderly type-two diabetics?

Whiskey connoisseurs, listen up, because this is a whiskey you probably haven't heard of yet: Wired reports that designer, researcher and type-one diabetic James Gilpin has created a whiskey made from urine.

What made Gilpin decide to try this? Being a diabetic himself, he was fairly familiar with the condition and the resulting effect on the body. Large amounts of sugar are excreted by type-two diabetic patients on a daily basis, and this is especially true of elderly patients, so Gilpin decided that letting all that sugar go to waste was just, well, wasteful.

"Large amounts of sugar are excreted on a daily basis by type-two diabetic patients especially amongst the upper end of our aging population. Is it plausible to suggest that we start utilizing our water purification systems in order to harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance?" Gilpin asks on the Design Interactions 2010 graduates website.

Wired UK reports that the urine was acquired from a group of volunteers, including Gilpin's own grandmother, and then purified the same way mains water is purified.


"The source material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including Gilpin's own grandmother. The urine is purified in the same way as mains water is purified, with the sugar molecules removed and added to the mash stock to accelerate the whisky's fermentation process. Traditionally, that sugar would be made from the starches in the mash. 

Once fermented into a clear alcohol spirit, whisky blends are added to give colour, taste and viscosity, and the product is bottled with the name and age of the contributor."

If you want to try some of the whiskey, you best get yourself to London, as it's not going to be sold in the supermarket anytime soon. Gilpin Family Whiskey is more of an art project, and as such, will be on display at 100% Materials, a design and architecture show in September. There will also be tastings for the less squeamish of attendees.

Read more about Gilpin's project on Wired UK.

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    ct1615 , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    ...brings new meaning to "it tastes like piss"
  • 23 Hide
    dillyflump , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    Gives a whole new meaning to getting pissed i suppose! XD
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    doron , September 6, 2010 7:04 PM
    Well call me crazy but I would definitely try this one!
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  • 37 Hide
    ct1615 , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    ...brings new meaning to "it tastes like piss"
  • 23 Hide
    dillyflump , September 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    Gives a whole new meaning to getting pissed i suppose! XD
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    nforce4max , September 6, 2010 7:00 PM
    Its rain!
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    omnimodis78 , September 6, 2010 7:01 PM
    Had to reread the title to be sure I got it the first time...what's wrong with the conventional way of making Whisky? Though, I guess it's hard to beat label with the "name and age of the contributor"!
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    Pailin , September 6, 2010 7:03 PM
    oh come on now, that's just taking the piss!

  • 20 Hide
    doron , September 6, 2010 7:04 PM
    Well call me crazy but I would definitely try this one!
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    arunloveshacking , September 6, 2010 7:07 PM
    Hereafter people are going to say " DRINK PISS", instead of " EAT ****"....Oh, and im afraid he might just invent a side dish made from ****.. oops...
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    back_by_demand , September 6, 2010 7:11 PM
    There are people I know who drink so much they probably pee neat whisky anyway
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    JMcEntegart , September 6, 2010 7:14 PM
    doronWell call me crazy but I would definitely try this one!

    Me too!
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    RabidFace , September 6, 2010 7:22 PM
    Grow up people :)  Especially right when urine leaves the body,it's pure water, really (well, to an extent). Still need to go through a process for it to be H2O. You have to get over the fact it was made from piss.

    Would you want to ask a moonshiner where the water came from to make his moonshine? I think not. It could be from the dirtiest of rivers, creeks, or cricks nearby that probably have urine and feces from many different animals. But through the process, it becomes pure water.

    Some people can take knowing things like this and some people can't.

    Just like if I was to be served what looked like steak strips, but then was told it was rat, or some other rodent, I would keep eating :)  as long as it tastes good.

    I think America has made a lot of people in to sissys with topics like this one, but guess it's only natural. I for one am a survivor, and if I had to, would fry or barbecue up a rat in an instant if it meant life and death. Not that I have had anything close to it though :)  Though the thought of it doesn't bother me.
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    RabidFace , September 6, 2010 7:24 PM
    And yes, sign me up for a taste test! :) 
  • 16 Hide
    mark0428 , September 6, 2010 7:25 PM
    So will we eventually hook up machines to our diabetic elderly the same way we do to cows?

  • 7 Hide
    cookoy , September 6, 2010 7:33 PM
    next step is to process whiskey from urine of alcoholics.
  • 0 Hide
    shening , September 6, 2010 7:44 PM
    W T F .....
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    eklipz330 , September 6, 2010 7:44 PM
    hey baby... i got something for you to drink
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    blarmy , September 6, 2010 8:12 PM
    old news, and I will only drink nicole kidman´s urine-whisky
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    Computerrock1 , September 6, 2010 8:19 PM
    How bout just piss drunk
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    jefe323 , September 6, 2010 8:47 PM
    sounds interesting, but I wouldn't want to try it
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    Gin Fushicho , September 6, 2010 8:53 PM
    So... it's not piss? Just the sugar from it. completely filtered. I'd try it, but I'd rather not become an addict of alcohol.
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    sviola , September 6, 2010 8:54 PM
    JMcEntegartMe too!

    would a fetish joke be of bad taste? ;) 
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