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Brewery wastewater pipe diameter

You're building a brewery, you're designing your drainage system and you want to know what size brewery wastewater pipe diameter to use. Do not use pipe smaller than 4", even for a small brewpub.  ABS and PVC pipe is generally…
August 12, 2015
Confined SpaceMechanicalPipingPumpsTanks

Tank risers?

When I design a system, I don't include risers on top of my tanks.  What's a riser?  The green things in the image above.  You can see the concrete tanks are buried, and where the surface of the ground will…
February 14, 2017
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What’s that smell?

As most of you know, brewery wastewater stinks.  The short story is there are nutrients in wastewater, but usually insufficient oxygen to allow aerobic bacteria to grow.  So a different type of bacteria thrives, called sulfate reducing bacteria.  These bacteria…
April 2, 2018

Floor drains

There are a lot of options to consider with floor drains in a brewery.  Floor drains, trench drains, equipment drains- they all have their place.  Since these will be set in concrete, they are a permanent part of your infrastructure…
February 24, 2014

Ductile iron in a brewery

Folks, don't let this happen to you. A few weeks ago I stopped by a brewery in a nearby town for lunch.  It turned out they were closed.  Construction crews were inside tearing out the concrete slab, replacing the ductile…
May 14, 2015

Brewery spills…

Life happens. Mistakes and accidents happen. Brewery spills happen. As with most things in the brewery wastewater world, depending on where you're at, they can be no big deal at all or they can be a major issue.  In the…
October 22, 2014


Short post this week, I broke my right hand working in my pasture (I tripped).  My hand is in a cast and typing is a wee bit difficult. A quick little idea when your having pipes mounted on the wall, you'll…
October 8, 2014

Brewery wastewater piping

When building or expanding, what should your brewery wastewater piping be made of? Don't just take your architects or engineers recommendation. Read this to help make the best decision you can. Most of these pipes will be under your concrete…
August 26, 2014

Calamity tank

In my vision of a perfect world, all breweries would have a calamity tank. What the heck is a calamity tank? It's a wastewater tank, normally empty, that can be used for spills, bad beer, and storage. Imagine this scenario,…
January 23, 2015