If you’re anything like me, you drink water from a Brita filter, but have no idea what’s actually happening when the water passes through the filter, just hoping and assuming that it’s taking out something that you probably shouldn’t be ingesting. But just how strong is your Brita, and what is it capable of removing?
YouTube personalities and apparent budding scientists Ali Spagnola and “Max No Sleeves” — whose real life persona seems to be based on the character of Mac on It’s Always Sunny — decided to see what would happen if you put various liquids into a Brita pitcher. For the experiment, they used a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including lite beer, dark beer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Gatorade, white wine, sparkling wine, Clamato, vodka, Tabasco sauce, and Yoo-Hoo.
The Brita flat-out nope’d out on the sparkling wine, Clamato, and Tabasco, and only barely managed to pass the Yoo-Hoo. But as far as the rest of the beverages went, something amazing happened: They all came out tasting like water. Actually not that amazing, if the Brita is actually doing the job it’s supposed to be doing. Because they had no way of testing alcohol content, there’s no way of knowing whether the Brita stripped that out, but otherwise rest assured that your own Brita is probably also doing a great job.
Unless you often go for an entire year or more without changing the filter like *cough* some people, of course. We can’t help you there.