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40. Financial and process design tools applied to brewery effluent treatment

J. JURADO (1); (1) Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA, U.S.A.

Sustainability II
Saturday, October 10
8:30–10:15 a.m.
River Terrace 2

Increasingly, environmental concerns and pressure from within brewery leadership and from beer consumers have brought us to include environmental sustainability into our planning framework. Over the course of this presentation, we’ll apply familiar and simple tools from differential equations, lifecycle analysis of engineering economics, and chemical process design for decisions on effluent generated across the brewery, focusing a derivation of maximum benefit, while returning this same effluent to a clean state suitable for return to the environment.

Jaime Jurado serves as director of brewing at Abita Brewing Company on the beautiful shores of Lake Pontchartrain. He was president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas in 2005, prior to which he served as chair of the MBAA Technical Quarterly Editorial Board. His B.S. degree is in chemical engineering, and his M.S. degree is in electrical engineering; he completed the requirements for full candidacy in a Ph.D. degree in engineering at Oxford University, but departed upon completion of 26 months and several publications, with a wholly unofficial M. Croquet (Hons.) from Magdalen College. An opportunity to commission a state-of-the-art brewery in Rajasthan was where he went next. He served a brewing apprenticeship at Patrizier-Braü AG breweries in Bavaria in 1983 and worked his way through the brewing hierarchy from project engineer at breweries in the United Kingdom and Ireland to master brewer at The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He also worked for Stroh Brewery Co. (Detroit, MI, headquarters) in corporate brewing. He next became director of brewing operations for 15 years at The Gambrinus Company breweries, then took an 18-month sabbatical to design, procure, and commission a new brewery in Pennsylvania, where he implemented novel technologies and approaches focused on resource conservation at every place that beer was touched in the $5.5 million CapEx investment. Abita Brewing has a long history of resource optimization under its president, David Blossman.

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