>

Three Breweries Doing Their Part in Water Conservation

Raise a glass… for water!

People have been brewing beer for a long time. The general consensus among archeologists was that beer, and the knowledge to produce it, has been around for about 5,000 years. I say ‘was’ because last month in Israel, researchers found the remnants of beer brewing activities in a cave near Haifa that date back 13,000 years. That’s pretty significant because it means that at essentially the same time humans were moving from hunter/gatherer groups towards more complex types of society, they had already figured out how to make beer. Fast-forward to the present and we can see what the beer industry has become. Annual worldwide beer sales  total more than $660 billion (US). The world’s most popular brand, Snow, sold 101.2 million hectoliters of beer in 2018 (that was more than double the amount of second place Budweiser, by the way).

That much beer requires a tremendous amount of water. Typically, the brewing process uses 5 or 6 litres of water to produce 1 litre of beer. If you factor in the water used to grow beer’s key ingredients; hops, malt and grains, that number jumps to between 11 and 40 litres per litre of beer. With water scarcity becoming a larger issue, beer producers are looking for ways to lower that number.

 

Three examples of breweries contributing in water conservation efforts:

Full Sail Brewing – By fine-tuning their beer making process and investing in new filtration technology, this Oregon craft brewery has managed to lower their water/beer ratio to around 3 to 1. They’ve also installed a hot water recovery system and updated their cooling equipment to further lower their overall water footprint.

MillerCoors – One of the world’s largest brewers went directly to the farmers that were supplying the grain that went into the company’s products. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, MillerCoors purchased new equipment that enabled barley farmers to reduce water usage by 550 million gallons.

Reuse Brew – The city of Berlin and water technology company Xylem recently partnered to produce Reuse Brew, a beer made using Berlin’s municipal wastewater. While this instance of reclaimed water being used to make beer was an experiment, the technology to clean and repurpose sewage is advancing. Using recycled wastewater to make beer may become common practice for future brewers.

 

Here at LuminUltra, whether it’s the brewing industry or another business where water quality is crucial, we’re proud to offer industry leading microbiological testing equipment and support. We’re focused on giving our clients the tools to make well informed decisions about their water.

Cheers!


Stacey Pineau

Clearly explaining complex topics has been Stacey’s focus for close to 25 years now. She helps plan how best to reach the right people, then works to provide them with relevant information that’s easy to understand. Stacey is a team player with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has broad experience that spans the private and public sectors. A lover of words, Stacey has a slightly irrational love of the library and a personal collection of way too many books and magazines. She lives in Fredericton with her husband Ray, their two children and dog Scouty.

Related Posts

Easier ID Amps Up Potential for Power-Generating Bacteria

A new process for identifying bacteria that can produce electricity has been created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Certain types of bacteria living in oxygen-deprived environments like lake bottoms and deep mines have developed a unique type of breathing. It involves excreting and pumping out electrons. This makes them capable of… Read More

Polymer Emulsion QC with ATP Testing

  A paper describing the use of LuminUltra Technologies Ltd’s QGO-M test for measuring cellular adenosine triphosphate (cATP) in aqueous polymer emulsions (APE) has just been published in the journal: International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation (IBB; 114 (2016) 216-221; doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2016.06.007).  The procedure reported in the IBB paper reduces the time delay for microbiological contamination testing from… Read More

[Slide Deck] Extracting Value from 2nd Generation ATP® Monitoring

  I’ve had the opportunity to speak and visit with many prospective and current industrial water customers about the technical merits of LuminUltra’s 2nd generation ATP technology, and invariably the conversation always apexes to one critical question – ‘How much does your test cost?’ While price is a very important component in the evaluation and… Read More

© 2020 LuminUltra |