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Old 08-24-2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Should I switch to organic to reduce my carbon footprint?

So how green am I for kegging and brewing using propane? I was wondering, I am myself in Eastern Canada, and most of our grain is kilned either in British-Columbia or Montreal and grown in the Canadian Prairies, it's the canadian beer basket.

All this trucking being already a lot, I try to offset my carbon footprint by using less packaging etc; and obviously brewing myself on my porch.

Would switching to organic improve that by not using synthetic fertilizers,pesticides etc?

The kilners would be the same brands.

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Old 08-24-2012, 04:30 AM   #2
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Someone would have to do a life-cycle analysis to answer whether switching your grain would make an appreciable difference. Organic doesn't necessarily correlate to being more energy efficient.

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Old 08-24-2012, 04:31 AM   #3
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In your scenario you are a small piece of the pie. Would your actions make much of a difference in the scheme of things?

I doubt it, but do think everybody should pursue what they believe in.

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You are right that in the great cosmic dance of the stars, it is non-significant on a cosmic level.

But I still bike to work and eat my greens to stay fit. It's just a piece of mind thing for a post-industrial human to fantasize about Guess it makes me feel warm and fuzzy to think i'm using less to fill my addiction. Tap water is also good I guess..

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You are right that in the great cosmic dance of the stars, it is non-significant on a cosmic level.

But I still bike to work and eat my greens to stay fit. It's just a piece of mind thing for a post-industrial human to fantasize about Guess it makes me feel wark and fuzzy to think i'm using less to fill my addiction. Tap water is also good I guess..
How much energy was burned extracting the oil that made the rubber for the tires on your bike, same for the steel or aluminum in the frame. Steel-making is very energy intensive; aluminum even more so. You would have to ride a LONG ways to simply offset the energy used to create your bike.
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Switching to organic barley might not decrease the carbon footprint. All it does is eliminate pesticide use and produce the barley with only natural organic fertilizer. The yield per acre might go down sufficiently so that there is more energy used in the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the crop, increasing the carbon footprint of the process.

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Of course you know you are makeing a hell of a lot of Carbon Dioxide in this process....

You are converting a Solid into a Gas...

You can probably measure how many pound you produce by weighing a fermentor at the start and end of the process. The gas will escape and it weighs "something".

If reducing your carbon foot print is important to you YOU SHOULD NOT BREW!

Gee,,, next you are going to tell me you believe that Global Warming is because of man!!!!

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"Carbon footprint" and "going green" are just marketing terms anyway. If you want to pollute less, be into organic foods (separate issue entirely), and pursue potential renewable or alternative energy sources, then by all means do it for yourself. As George Carlin once said, "The planet is fine. The people are f@cked! The planet isn't going anywhere....WE are!!!"

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In your scenario you are a small piece of the pie. Would your actions make much of a difference in the scheme of things?
I don't see how this is a good argument against being more eco-friendly. (I haven't done the investigation to determine if organic malt is more eco-friendly, mind you.) It's like saying "Is helping one starving kid really going to make a big difference in the scheme of things?"
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Why not just buy carbon credits and call it a day?

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