Originally Posted by UTDoug
It's awesome New Belgium cares enough to go to the expense of making their own water treatment plant!
Just throwing this out there for david and zoebisch (and for controversey's sake)- winemaking is clearly more environmentally friendly than beermaking because there is much less heating/cooling involved. That's the element of homebrewing I like least - using a couple gallons of propane and wasting cooling water each time I brew. Wine just happens naturally.
For controversy sake....
In the winter, it helps warm my house. I have well water which is cool enough sans further cooling. The worst part is pumping the water for me. I hand crank my grain mill. I plan on reusing the runoff from the cooler in the future to water plants....I just have to set up a gray water system (on the long long list hehe). The water goes back into my septic where it eventually filters back into the aquifer..so no real loss only the energy to pump it.
Grapes are one of the most sprayed crops from what I understand. I think it is like anything, you have to do a complete analysis of the entire cycle in order to find out which is truly more environmentally friendly. I am not sure anybody really knows the answer to that though.
Dave and I were just having fun