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Crappy beer tastes great when it comes from Berlin’s recycled toilet water

My hands shook as I brought a glass of Reuse Brew to my lips. I don’t normally hesitate to drink a beer, but as the name suggests, Reuse Brew was made from recycled wastewater. In my mind, I knew it would be fine and would likely taste pretty good, but it still took every ounce of willpower I had to take that first sip. 

I’m in Berlin for the IFA tech show this week and I had just toured one of the city’s wastewater facilities. This particular wastewater plant partnered with a water technology company called Xylem to make Reuse Brew as part of a special project to raise public awareness and public interest in recycled water. While touring the plant, I had a chance to see the water at all stages of purification, including the open reservoirs of chunky, feces-filled sludge. 


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