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Beer may lose its fizz as CO2
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Posted By: MissMolly, 4/19/2020 4:04:15 AM

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - Dwindling supplies of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants is sparking concern about shortages of beer, soda and seltzer water - essentials for many quarantined Americans. Brewers and soft-drink makers use carbon dioxide, or CO2, for carbonation, which gives beer and soda fizz. Ethanol producers are a key provider of CO2 to the food industry, as they capture that gas as a byproduct of ethanol production and sell it in large quantities. But ethanol, which is blended into the nation’s gasoline supply, has seen production drop sharply due to the drop in gasoline demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gasoline demand

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JackBurton 4/19/2020 10:56:47 AM (No. 384370)
Carbonation is supposed to come from the use of yeast. Yeast is actually a small animal that eats sugar, exhales carbon dioxide... and poops ethanol. How are they making beer these days?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mushroom 4/19/2020 12:32:34 PM (No. 384488)
Click bait. Major beer producers have no problem. Most have gone to pressure fermenting and as one of the side effects the beer is fully carbonated without adding anything extra. Soda and micro breweries not using pressurized fermentation would be subject, but I doubt there will be a problem. Prior to ethanol production CO2 was made by electrolysis, and I'm sure that is still available. More likely (if Reuters isn't just full of it) is some industries are looking to boost prices and are taking this opportunity.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: cor-vet 4/19/2020 12:35:04 PM (No. 384497)
I guess I'll have to do my part and drink more beer to keep it from going bad. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bur Oak 4/19/2020 1:03:08 PM (No. 384537)
Much more likely that the soft drink industry would have problems with carbonation. Beer is naturally carbonated. CO2 in the beer industry is used mainly to transfer beer from the keg to the tap.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Luandir 4/19/2020 1:32:43 PM (No. 384585)
B-b-b-b-but...Science! says we're suffocating in the stuff...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: czechlist 4/19/2020 1:38:52 PM (No. 384595)
Isn't it amazing how much we rely on the plant food which the climate alarmists want us to eliminate?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Historybuff 4/19/2020 1:50:31 PM (No. 384614)
Commercial beers shoot a still product full of Co2 to make it fizzy. ('Cause they are in a hurry) Home brewers create a natural product by giving that yeast a little more sugar and sealing the bottle and the the added co2 dissolves into the liquid. For an ale it takes about 14 days. But as I've said the the greenie-weenies many times, "everytime you open a Coca-Cola a polar bear dies. . ."
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Sandbar 4/19/2020 3:00:16 PM (No. 384657)
How dare you say there is a shortage of CO2. The narrative is supreme!!!!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 4/20/2020 5:04:16 PM (No. 385841)
If you have to add CO2 to your beer, the beer isn't all that good to begin with.
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