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Biogill at Woodstock Brewery in NH

From BioGill

Biogill has a pretty cool solution for brewery wastewater treatment.  Time will tell how their system functions in the brewing sector.

When Woodstock Inn & Brewery in New Hampshire expanded to add a 30-barrel brewing system to their original 7-barrel system, the local wastewater treatment plant lacked the capacity for the increased volumes of untreated, full strength brewery wastewater. Brewery Owner Scott Rice, was facing high-strength wastewater surcharges as much as $12 per barrel, with the new sewer discharge limits requiring pre-treatment to adjust pH and reduce BOD and TSS levels to below 300 mg/L.

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The Battle of Stainless Steel Vs. Polymer Concrete for Brewery Drainage
From Slot Drains

The people at Slot Drain started some cool blog posts about drainage, floor coatings, and other details.  Here is one of their posts:

Due to the nature of breweries and the sorts of fluids and waste they regularly create, drainage systems require a durable construction. Drain channels should use nonporous and noncorrosive materials that can withstand varying temperatures without the worry of them cracking or breaking. The more durable the chosen drain material is, the better it is for the brewery. A common debate for brewery drainage is stainless steel vs. polymer concrete as the chosen drain material. Here is a brief comparison of the two, to help make deciding easier.

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Wastewater Basics for a Growing Craft Brewery

From Craft Brewing Business

This was one of the first articles I wrote way back when I was starting out on my own…

Depending on where you are, wastewater emanating from your brewery can be a non-issue or it can be a major deal-killer type of problem. That’s quite the variation, and it’s true. You will sleep better and have fewer headaches if you are lucky enough to fall in the non-issue end of the spectrum, but not everyone is so blessed. This article will provide a little of bit of insight in to the wonderful world of brewery wastewater and what to do with it.

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Spent Grain into Activated Carbon?

From NewAtlas.com

This article came across my desk yesterday and I thought it was interesting.  I am a grass fed beef guy, but I do think that cattle feed is the best use for spent grain; they eat it with no processing other than hauling to the farm.  To me (call me a curmudgeon) it looks like this process of creating charcoal from spent grain falls into the realm of technically possible but not financially possible or realistically scalable:

Researchers devised a process that begins with the grain getting dried out. A two-stage chemical and heat treatment follows, which utilizes phosphoric acid and then a potassium hydroxide wash. What’s left behind is activated charcoal, which could find use in applications such as heating fuel in homes, barbecue briquettes, or water filters.

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Cambrian Innovation and Lagunitas Brewing Co

From Cambrian Innovation

Cambrian exploded onto the brewery wastewater treatment scene about 10 years ago.  They are continuing to evolve and sweeten their package for brewers.

Cambrian Innovation®, a commercial provider of distributed process water treatment and resource recovery services and solutions, today announced a new agreement with long-time customer Lagunitas Brewing Company. Cambrian Innovation will act as expert consultants to the famed beer maker as Lagunitas works to maximize efficiency and reduce water use at its flagship Petaluma, California brewery.

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Wastewater Screening at Worthy

From ClearBlu

ClearBlu does more than screens, they offer microbubble aeration for aerobic treatment of brewery wastewater.  Cool stuff, but they don’t publicize much.

Worthy Brewing approached ClearBlu Environmental at a Craft Brewers Conference. The brewery was still in its planning stages but knew that some extent of wastewater treatment would need to be incorporated to satisfy city requirements. ClearBlu worked closely with the facility’s architect and engineers to incorporate plans and allocate space for a complete aerobic treatment system at the facility

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Wastewater Treatment by Reverse Osmosis

From Clearcove Systems

Brewery wastewater treatment without biology.  That is what Clearcove Systems is all about.  Sounds great, but I don’t know enough about them to know if it works well and if it’s affordable?

A brewery needed to effectively clean its wastewater to meet TCEQ permit requirements for water reuse and land application; while allowing for additional capacity to accommodate future growth—all within a small footprint. The customer was also looking for a rural-friendly solution, which means no lagoons and leach fields that use up valuable acreage and create odor issues.

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BA Water and Wastewater Guide

From Brewers Association

A cornerstone, and a manual I helped write, the Brewers Association Sustainability Manual.  BA membership required to download.

Craft brewers are innovative leaders in the beverage sector and take pride in developing new products and processes that give both brewery employees and customers options for sustainable living. Despite significant improvement over the last 20 years, water consumption and wastewater disposal remain environmental and economic hurdles that directly affect breweries and the brewing process.

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BA Solid Waste Guide

From Brewers Association

Not wastewater related, but pertinent to this discussion.  BA membership required to download.

The traditional disposal option for solid waste (i.e., hauling ‘garbage’ to landfills) has become more expensive in recent years. Old landfills have filled and closed, and the few new landfills that are permitted to open are located further away from populated areas, thereby leading to an increase in transportation costs to the final disposal area. Breweries, like many businesses, are finding that reducing the amount of waste generated can lead to significantly reduced operating costs. In addition, keeping recyclable materials out of the landfills can create a significant source of revenue.

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BA Energy Sustainability Guide

From Brewers Association

Again, not wastewater related but still pertinent to this discussion.  BA membership required to download.

Owners and operators may consider energy costs as an expense they cannot control that rises and falls with the price of energy in the area. Depending on these costs, energy reduction may not be a top priority within brewery operations. Breweries that do not pay attention to the opportunities at all levels of their operations, including efficiency may miss out on potential cost-saving and revenue-generating measures.

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And that is the latest.

I will do what I can to keep this current, but honestly there isn’t a whole lot of press in this field.

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