When It Rains, Make Beer
There is a saying that advises "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." In other words, make the best out of a bad situation.
Some people in the Netherlands are taking that advice. This June, they suffered under one of the rainiest months in Europe in more than 100 years. But instead of complaining about the rain, some Amsterdam residents decided to take advantage of the extra water.
No, not to make lemonade – to make beer.
Joris Hoebe is an entrepreneur in the Netherlands. He was already working on projects to help Amsterdam be more like a sponge. The projects aimed to help the city capture and use more rainwater before it goes into the sewer system and out to sea.
Hoebe also enjoys making beer at home. He thought he might be able to capture rainwater and use it to make beer.
"Well, I thought 'I need water to make beer and we have this problem of these heavy rainfalls, so why don't we combine these two?'"
When Hoebe makes beer, he does not need too much water. But larger beer makers do need a lot of water. It takes about five liters of water to make one liter of beer.
Because water is a significant expense for a brewery, anything the small brewery can do to limit that cost is helpful. So Hoebe thought he might be able to talk a small brewery into using rainwater to make beer.
Workers at Brewery de Prael in Amsterdam were not sure about the idea at first. One concern was that the rainwater would be dirty.
But Hoebe and a partner, Pavel van Deutekom, were already working on a rain-catching system that filters the water so it is safe to drink. The two men were assisted by a group of students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
When Hoebe and the students said they could provide 1,000 liters of water, the brewery workers thought it would be worth a try.
Thomas Gesink is the marketing manager of Brewery de Prael. Gesink said he never thought of using rainwater to make beer. He thinks the brewery is the first in Amsterdam to experiment with rain as a water source.
"Because it is a first time that it has ever been done by my knowledge and it's a very innovative project," Gesnik said.
The team boiled the water and filtered it to make sure it was clean. They then started making a blond beer called "Hemelswater," which means "heavenly water" in Dutch. It is almost sold out.
Hoebe told The Guardian newspaper that making beer is only the beginning. The plan is to put more water collection tanks and filters around Amsterdam. If the showers continue, residents can capture the rain and use it to make anything that needs water – soup, sorbet, and yes, even lemonade.
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1.In other words 换言之
In other words, the process of economic growth is under way.
2.complaining about 抱怨
My landlady keeps complaining about the noise.
3.worth a try 值得一试
This method is worth a try, and might be a clever move.
4.sold out 售罄；脱销
All window seats are sold out.
1.But instead of complaining about the rain, some Amsterdam residents decided to take advantage of the extra water.
take advantage of 利用
I mean to take advantage of it.
It never occurred to me to take advantage of him.
2.Workers at Brewery de Prael in Amsterdam were not sure about the idea at first.
at first 起先；最初
At first he had refused to commit himself.
At first she found her life fairly tolerable.
有句谚语是这么说的：“当生活赐予你柠檬时，不妨拿来做一杯柠檬水 。”也就是说，既来之，则安之 。
荷兰一些民众听从了这一建议 。6月份，荷兰迎来了欧洲百年来雨水最充裕的月份 。但是阿姆斯特丹居民并没有怨天尤人，反倒决定好好利用这“意外之水” 。
Joris Hoebe是荷兰一家公司的负责人 。他发起了一项工程，想让阿姆斯特丹变得像海绵一样 。该工程旨在收集并利用未进入污水处理系统或者流入大海的雨水 。
Hoebe在家里也热衷于酿制啤酒 。他觉得自己可以收集雨水酿制啤酒 。
虽然Hoebe酿制啤酒不需要太多的水 。但那些大型的啤酒生产厂家则不然 。每升啤酒需要五升水来酿制 。
对酿酒厂来说，用水是一项巨大的开支，减少用水成本即可节省大笔开销 。因此，Hoebe觉得可以说服啤酒厂利用雨水酿酒 。
起初，阿姆斯特丹的de Prael工厂的工人对此半信半疑 。雨水的清洁性成为人们担忧的问题之一 。
但是Hoebe与合作伙伴Pavel van Deutekom早已着手研发一套雨水过滤系统，因此人们可以放心饮用 。阿姆斯特丹应用科学大学的学生为Hoebe及Pavel van Deutekom提供了帮助 。
Thomas Gesink是de Prael酿酒厂市场销售部经理 。Gesink表示，从来没想过用雨水酿制啤酒 。他觉得该酿酒厂是阿姆斯特丹第一家尝试用雨水做水源的工厂 。
试验团队将雨水煮沸后过滤以确保水质清洁 。他们将金黄色的啤酒称为“Hemelswater”，荷兰语意为“天之水” 。现在这种酒几乎售罄 。
Hoebe接受《卫报》采访时表示，酿制啤酒仅仅是个开端 。他们计划在阿姆斯特丹周边设立更多集水池和过滤装置 。倘若大雨继续，那么居民们可以自行收集雨水来做汤汁，果汁冰糕还有柠檬汁 。