Science has run mad! You need not look any further than right here for conclusive proof that some chemists should be tarred, feathered, shot, then hung. Enter James Gilpin…Mad Scientist. I don’t even really know how to get into this topic. It is just so wrong on so many levels. Maybe the medical angle. See people with Diabetes, like Mr Gilpin, have an unusually high amount of sugar in their…well…their pee. Eww…there I said it. Ok, so you probably have guessed where this is going, so I will just blurt the rest out. Mr Gilpin had the crazy notion that Diabetic urine, I’ll call it piss, with it’s unusually high amount of sugar could be fermented and transformed into single malt scotch…
Yes you heard me correctly he wants to make scotch from piss. He says he is doing this to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes as a health issue. Really? Cmon! Like no one knows Type 1 diabetes exists, so you have to make a whisky out of Diabetic piss? Give me a break!
He describes the process here:
The urine is cleaned using the same techniques that we use for purifying our mains water stock. This process itself shares much of the distillery process. The thing that made life easier is that the sugar molecules are large and will form crystals which can then be removed and purified separately.
This sugar is added to the mash stock and used to accelerate the fermentation process. This is sort of a bit of a cheat as traditionally the sugars would be made form the starches in the mash. During the brewing process I make a clear alcohol sprit. This is again not the traditional method for making whisky but I adopted a commercial technique for cheap whisky and used whisky blends which I added to the sprite to give color, taste and viscosity.
So there you go. Piss Whisky. Yet another reason not to enjoy a dram of scotch. You might want to be on the lookout for Gilpin Family Whisky. Pee… it’s not just for the toilet anymore!
I’d like to credit PSFK Conference in London for this content.