Sep 7 2010Now You're Just Being Nasty: Single-Malt Whiskey Made From Diabetics' Urine


I know, I'm still dry-heaving about it. Or maybe it was the roach I found in my cereal hanging onto a Cheerio like a life preserver. Whatever the case, I think I'm empty now. Let's proceed with caution:

James Gilpin is a designer and researcher who works on the implementation of new biomedical technologies. He's also got type 1 diabetes, where his body doesn't produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

So he's started a project which turns the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetics into a high-end single malt whisky, suitable for export.

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.

Okay that's just f***ing disgusting. There is absolutely no reason to drink geriatric pee whiskey unless you're on a spaceship to a far-away galaxy and THERE IS 100% NO OTHER WAY TO GET DRUNK but to make tinkle tonic. Which is exactly how I know I could never be an astronaut. Thanks but no thanks, Jack Dangles!

Hit the jump for several more shots of the I'd rather go sober.






Whisky made from diabetics' urine [wired]

Thanks to Jason, Nicktendo, Shenanigans, Rhino and Closet Nerd, who don't drink urine because they're not Mermen. *Ahem* I'm looking at you, Kevin Costner at the beginning of Water World!

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Is it bad if I only would drink my own pee whiskey?

I think I just threw up a little :(

what? you've never drank your own pee before?

This would go great with my poo-poo burger.

I only like pee on my face.

what in the hell!???!!!!!

pretty sure you can't make that anyway. the same reason ground up cow parts might give mad cow disease to our bovine friends. they outlawed byproducts to go to the same species in animals. hopefully humans to.

I would probably try my, maybe my girlfriend's, pee whiskey. And that's where I'd draw the line. Not saying old man's pee booze might not be good... just I don't think I be able to convince myself to drink it.

I'd get pissed on that whiskey.

(I think that's how they say it in England. You know, Tubthumping, "pissing the night away".)

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Urine who?
Police! Urine trouble now. Yr urine test tested positive. Pissed us off!

I think we fundamentally disagree on the definition of "high end".

uh. Horf

Would go great with a cheeseburger, if you like drinking piss with your cheeseburgers.

Semen also has a high sugar content. Makes an excellent rum. "You could really get plowed on that" he ejaculated.

Or you can just mix it in your beer. Or someone else's.

"It's like a party in my mouth" he inserted into the conversation.

I'm still horfing. WTF. Why would anyone do this? Disgusting

Uhm, I'm pretty sure there are plenty of good places to get sugar without resorting to diabetic urine. Someone should give this guy a heads up.

WARNING: Some bottles may contain cobwebs.

Pisskey. There, I said it.

I'd sooooooooooo rather just stay sober..... just sayin

@18, no one was thinking that or holding it back.

GW makes me wet when he mentions my name.

just to break balls on the technicalities, he talks about blending to make them the proper color, taste, and viscosity. That by its own volition, makes it a blended scotch like Johnny Walker, instead of a single malt like Glen Fiddich.

So not a single picture of any moron drinking it? And WHO THE FUCK is his marketing base?


And the guy has a smile on his face. Probably not because he's manufacturing things out of urine, but because someone (somewhere) might one day drink it.

@23 Ummm try, Patches O'Houllihan from "Dodgeball"..... dumbass

You think the carpet pissers did this?


Two Grannies and a Cup

Yeah whiskey made from pee sounds good but nothing is better than being handcuffed by a postitute in a run down hotel and having her pee on you.

Why not just pour some cheap blend which tastes like piss anyway into the chamberpot and ladle the mixture back out? It's piss. Who cares how many times it's been filtered?

I'll say it once again:

Just because it CAN be done doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.

Ewwwwww thats so wrong I dont even know where to start... >.<

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