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John

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Brewery Wastewater BOD values

Here is a table with some typical brewery wastewater BOD values, as well as COD, TSS, and pH.  Sorry for the weird format, there is a lot of data here. pH COD, mg/L *BOD, mg/L TSS, mg/L Generalizations Low High…
John
March 24, 2015
SepticTreatment

Brewery on septic

I hesitate to even write this. A brewery on septic just is asking for trouble. However, it's my #1 most frequently asked question, so here goes.... First of all, don't do it! Don't put brewery wastewater in to a septic…
John
September 2, 2015
MechanicalPiping

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…
John
August 12, 2015
WaterCapacityMechanicalTreatment

Brewery wastewater reuse

More and more around the world, you are hearing of various wastewater reuse schemes.  It's happening more often than you think in more ways than you'd imagine- there have been beer festivals featuring only reused water.  From a technical standpoint,…
John
May 11, 2016
OdorGeneral readingPipingPumpsSeptic

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…
John
April 2, 2018
CapacityTreatment

Equalization and flow buffering

Is your brewery in a small town, or are you looking at opening one there? Here are some considerations to think about. The local wastewater plant sees most flow during the day; flow peaks in the AM as people shower…
John
August 4, 2015