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Competition challenges home beer brewers to use wastewater

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People gathered this morning at the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in Beaverton to taste a pint of wastewater beer.

Clean Water Services teamed up with the Oregon Brew Crew, a home brewing club, to pick the best out of 40 different styles of recycled home beers.

Before you get too grossed out, here's what that sewage water went through before making to the growler.

Clean Water Services says the water for the competition came from a plant in Tigard. Then it was put through a high purity water system before brewers put it to use.

"The reason brewers love this water is that it is perfectly clean. This high purity water is cleaner than any tap water you'll ever see and they can really create the water profile they want for the beer," said Mark Jockers of Clean Water Services.

Judges named a Best in Show home beer whose brewer won $100. Up to 20 other winning brewers received $50. 

The winning beers from today's contest will go on to the international Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans.

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