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"Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process"

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by JohnSnowNW, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. JohnSnowNW

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    Well, this is interesting, and timely. I was planning on trying Super_Kleer in a homebrew for the first time, and given that arsenic is in uncontrolled amts in the diatomacious earth, I am re-considering that decision, carefully. Much appreciated.
     
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    Dont think its a reason to stop filtering but change the kind of filtering used many people think filtered vs unfiltered beers taste different and I agree but theres centerfuges and other types of filters that dont use arsenic.
     
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    If this were a real problem then a lot of us would be dead.
     
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    That might explain Mikkeller 1000 IBU
     
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    Its the same type of arsenic found in apple seeds, you would need A TON of it to casue damage
     
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    Don't even think about removing the arsenic! I like my beers the way they are, dammit.
     
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    You know what has lots of arsenic (dependent on the soil in which it is grown) . . . Rice!
     
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    I like my arsenic on the side.
     
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    Clear your beer with better brewing techniques, leave it cloudy if you can't. It is more healthy and tasty unfiltered, no doubt about that.
     
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    Tell me about it. Had to curtail the rice cereal we gave our son when the article about that came out.
     
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    I think brewers were more concerned about filtering ability as well as the iron content of DE. I know a lot of other breweries have switched to perlite because DE is carcinogenic when inhaled.
     
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    I'll take mine unfiltered, please. Not because of the arsenic, but because I like it cloudy. ;)
     
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    As Voltaire (or somebody) said about coffee, "They say it's a slow poison and that must be true. I've been drinking it for 20 years and I'm not dead yet."
     
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    Barrel aged arsenic for me thanks
     
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    BA Arsenic or GTFO
     
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    Arsenic is an element. There arent "types" of arsenic. There is only one stable isotope of Arsenic, so that wouldnt even be a difference.
     
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    Cheers for Bell's and any other breweries that dont filter!

    Is Bell's the largest of the unfiltered breweries?
     
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    Filter isn't a bad thing. Some styles, you want the beer to bright. I hate seeing breweries pushing out IPAs in 10 days and it's cloudy as crap, and then playing up the fact that they don't filter it. If you are curious, you need to contact the brewery to see how they filter.

    I know some breweries use centrifuges and plate and frame(cellulose) filters.

    I think you're thinking of a cyanide compound, not arsenic.

    Well, the article doesn't say, only that it contains arsenic. Unfortunately, arsenic can form different molecules and chemical compounds with other elements. The organic arsenic that is found in apple juice is dimethylarsinic acid and/or monomethylarsinic acid(usually a contamination from pesticides). Those compounds do contain arsenic.
     
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    A beer and a Cliff bar mmm good arsenic.
     
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    It says the beers contained up to about twice the level allowed in water. That means one beer has as much arsenic as two glasses of water. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    "But people don't drink as much beer as they do water (or they shouldn't)..."

    Crap.
     
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    It appears that Sierra Nevada no longer filters their beers:

    “When Steve Dressler of Sierra Nevada spoke at Hop Union’s Hop School he said they had stepped away from filtering that it tends to strip flavors.”

    Cheers!
     
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    Everyone better stop drinking filtered beers...:rolleyes:
     
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