Presenter: Matt Bailey, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
Brewers feel close to the environment and are aware of the
impact brewing beer has on the environment. Often, for small
and large breweries, finding sustainability projects that have
a significant environmental impact on operations are difficult
to put into action. Common hurdles include capital, time,
experience, and resources. This presentation will cover projects
from Odell Brewing that can be implemented with little capital
and time. The discussion will provide theory, plans, hurdles,
and results of projects. Odell Brewing will cover its “closedloop”
bottle line vacuum pump and “zero-landfill” projects.
The closed-loop vacuum pump project converted an open-loop
vacuum pump to a closed-loop pump that reuses water many
times, only needing to top off water to compensate for slight
evaporation. A common problem with the closed-loop system
is the temperature of reused water. Cooling of reused water is
accomplished using an incoming city water and heat exchanger
that is then used for two additional purposes after cooling.
Implementation of the vacuum pump project reduced water in
the brewery 14%, equivalent to 1,321,000 gal saved in 2012.
Also covered will be efforts to overcome hurdles, habits, and
implementation of a zero-landfill program at a brewery.
Matt Bailey is the maintenance, engineering manager, and
sustainability coordinator at Odell Brewing. He oversees all
things regarding maintaining and installing new production
equipment, facility upkeep, and grounds at Odell Brewing.
He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, to acquire
a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. While in college, he
picked up home brewing as a hobby, which helped fuel his
passion for beer, before joining the brewery workforce. Prior to
joining Odell Brewing in 2010, he worked at Anheuser-Busch
in Fort Collins, working in several different areas, including
instrumentation, packaging process improvement, and
maintenance reliability, and as a project engineer.