Seismic Brewing Company, Barrel Brothers Brewing Company, and Cambrian Innovation Partner to Brew Beer with Reclaimed Process Water

Seismic Brewing Company, Barrel Brothers Brewing Company, and Cambrian Innovation today announced the release of two new collaboration beers brewed to advance the discussion of brewing with reclaimed brewery process water. The first beer (Water is the Essence of Wetness) was brewed the traditional way, with city water, and the second beer (Wetness is the Essence of Beer) was brewed with water reclaimed by Cambrian Innovation’s EcoVolt MINI. The two beers will be poured side by side at the CCBA California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento, CA on September 7th to 9th.

“As soon as the California Craft Brewer’s Association asked us to showcase our water conservation efforts at the Summit, I knew we had to take it to the next level and brew with reclaimed process water,” said Pat Delves, Director of Sustainability and Logistics for Seismic. “Our goal is to help remove the ‘ick’ factor from people’s minds, and educate them about the possibilities of water reclamation and reuse. We believe that by combining education, best practices, and innovative technology, we can continue to move the ball forward, and help other breweries do the same.”

According to the Brewer’s Association, the average water use ratio is around 7:1. Seismic’s ultimate goal is to achieve an industry best ratio of 2:1. Since opening their doors in May, they have already achieved a ratio of 4:1.

Core to achieving their goal is Cambrian Innovation’s EcoVolt MINI, a containerized treatment and reuse system. The EcoVolt MINI at Seismic has treated over 215,000 gallons of process water since Seismic began production in May of this year. Followed by a reverse osmosis system, it recovers up to 95 percent of that process water for reuse.

Seismic typically uses the reclaimed process water for cleaning and boiler feed, and even pours the water at local events. For the Summit, they decided to take things to the next level, collaborating with Barrel Brothers Brewing in Windsor, CA to brew Water is the Essence of Wetness and Wetness is the Essence of Beer, both hybrids of a traditional Helles Style Lager and an American Pale Lager. The beers use the same recipe, with one major difference: the first was brewed with city water, and the second was brewed…

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