Lab stuff

Common wastewater restrictions for a brewery

Let's hope your brewery has no wastewater restrictions.  This is still most common. However, life isn't perfect.  If your brewery is facing restrictions, here is a list of some common and not-so-common restictions and what to do about them.  This…
April 7, 2016

Welcome to my new website!

Welcome to the new and improved Brewery Wastewater Design website!  When I started this business and website in 2013, I didn't know what to expect.  Well, I'm still here:) Regular readers might have wondered why I wasn't posting as much…
February 25, 2016

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…
September 2, 2015

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

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…
August 4, 2015

Cooling tower blowdown

Do you have an 'air to water' cooling tower for your glycol cooling system? Most small breweries do not (they use 'air to air' coolers), but you'll know it if you do.  It's a big rain storm in a box…
July 28, 2015

How to remove the stink from your hands

You've been out there in it.  Hands getting dirty, maintaining or repairing your brewery wastewater system.  It's all done, time for a beer, but you can't get that stench off your hands no matter how many times you wash your…
May 26, 2015

Biological pretreatment- your last resort

So you have a brewery, your having wastewater issues of one sort or another, and you start thinking about wastewater treatment.  To sum up my position here, 'No, don't do it!' If your brewery is connected to a sewer, your…
May 19, 2015