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Sustainable Operations for Craft Brewers

Brewery Industry Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers

The Brewery Industry Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers project aims to assess the acceptance rate from small Maine Brewers to switch to less hazardous cleaning and sanitizing technology in operations. New England EFC is collaborating with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UMass Lowell), Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) and applying their research to test Maine small craft brewers’ acceptance to learn about, and their willingness to switch to, less toxic cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. New England EFC in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine (USM) Adjunct Professor Peter Cooke and student interns from the USM Food Studies and Tourism & Hospitality programs  work collaboratively with TURI and Maine brewers to implement the program.

Resources

Assessment of Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers for the Brewing Industry-TURI. The laboratory at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell (TURI) completed an evaluation of
common cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and potential alternatives. Cleaners and sanitizers were tested based
on their ability to remove soils accrued in the primary brewing and fermentation processes, as well as to ensure
sanitization of the tanks between uses.
Alternative Cleaner Trial: Island Dog Brewery in South Portland, Maine-NEEFC. The New England Environmental Finance Center partnered with Island Dog Brewery located in South Portland, Maine, to trial an alternative cleaner highlighted in the Assessment of Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers for the Brewing Industry by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI). Island Dog Brewery expressed interest in an alternative vat cleaner to limit exposure to harmful chemicals and to reduce operational environmental impact.

Toxics Reduction In The Craft Beverage Industry Webinar. The New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Recognition Program paired up with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute to host a webinar on toxics use reduction in the craft beverage industry. Learn about: less hazardous cleaning & sanitizing alternatives; potential impacts on your business; and how to trial safer options.