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Sustainability

Our Sustainable Mission

Brewing beer is a water, energy and natural resource intense process, so financially it makes sense to reduce our use.  However, we are also responsible for our community and our environment.  While payback is considered in all investments we make, we place a higher value on what we’re accomplishing for the environment in which we live.  At Odell Brewing, we always strive to be better: to better our environment, our community, and, of course, our beer.

Solar Panels

Water Conservation

  • Currently use just under 4 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of beer (national average is above 7 gallons!)
  • CIP (Clean in Place) system to clean fermenters uses water with cleaning agent twice. Fresh water with cleaning agent does the second cleaning then is reused for the first cleaning on the next tank
  • Vacuum pump modified in 2012 reuses water 3 times - Saved us 25 million gallons of water that year!
    1. Water cools bottles to create vacuum to remove all oxygen
    2. Water rinses inside of bottles
    3. Rinses outside of bottles after they have been filled and capped

Energy Conservation

  • 11,000 sq. feet of solar panels = 5 percent total power (the rest is powered by wind)
  • Recapture steam during boil to heat next brew
  • Insulated brew vessels reduce heating/cooling costs
  • In our warehouse, solatubes intensify sunlight from outside which trigger sensors to turn down the lights
  • In warehouse, Big Ass Fans help circulate air to reduce heating/cooling costs

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Materials Recycling

  • Goal to be zero landfill by the end of 2015
  • We have diversion stations throughout the brewery to facilitate correct waste disposal

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General Upgrades

  • Centrifuge installed 201 – doesn’t use diatomaceous Earth (traditional filtration method), uses much less water and produces better flavor and aroma in beer
  • Purchase as many post-consumer and environmentally conscious products as possible
  • Sustainability Committee brings together co-workers from different departments to discuss ideas, implement projects and share ideas

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Future plans

  • Looking to keep water from rinsing bottles on packaging line for irrigation
  • Working with City of Fort Collins to see if spent yeast can be used as a chemical-free method for treating city water
  • Looking into recapturing CO2 from fermentation to carbonate beer
  • Auditing electricity and water use in each area of brewery to see where we can cut back/make changes

Other projects

  • Host Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (NCRES) meetings monthly in our tap room
  • Created BreWater, a group that brings together breweries of all sizes to discuss water use in the industry and Northern Colorado specifically
  • We have an electric vehicle charging station that is free to public use

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