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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

pH Adjustment Chemicals

A lot of time breweries will need to adjust the pH of their wastewater.  The EPA has guidelines of between pH 5-11, many states and municipalities are more strict than that.  Adding pH adjustment chemicals to your wastewater is where…
February 16, 2014

Purpose of wastewater pretreatment at a brewery

The purpose of brewery wastewater pretreatment is to keep the brewery running. Period. Does that make sense? Brewery wastewater is not the same a domestic wastewater. Restrictions will often apply, so the purpose is to comply with those restrictions so…
December 19, 2014

Questions to ask when locating a brewery

Thinking of starting a brewery? Heck yeah. Good for you. In your search for the perfect property, please, pay at least a little attention to wastewater. Here are some questions to think about as you look at various properties: Is…
February 2, 2015

Chemical distribution

Breweries use a lot of chemicals. Of course not in the beer, but for cleaning, sanitizing, water conditioning in boilers and cooling towers, and wastewater pH adjustment. I'd say the big three are sodium hydroxide, nitric acid, and phosphoric acid.…
December 1, 2014