February 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm #1471
My name is Denise – and I am in the process of opening a farm brewery. I have done my application with TTB and am working with my county.
Anyway, I am now installing proper drainage in my converted garage. I plan on treating the water and using it to water my hops (which are luckily enough downhill).
Does anyone know what size tank I should get based on 500-1000 BBL per year production? Where to buy? Above or below ground install.
Any help on this would be much appreciated. This is not an easy process – as I am sure many of you know.
DeeMarch 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm #1499
Denise, it’s looks as thought I’m going to be in the same boat. The Queen Anne’s County Health Department is showing no mercy with my inquiry. I was asked today what I would be doing with my waste water and we did plan on reclaiming it and using it for watering our hops, etc. I guess we’ll see what they come back with tomorrow. My biggest hurdle right now is that they want me to install hard stand bathrooms on the farm with a brand new septic and everything. This even after we told them we would only be open Saturday and Sunday, 13 hours total.March 24, 2017 at 9:29 am #1550
Have you looked at the MDE / MDA exemption for surface disposal permit? There is a process for approval, and limitations on when you can actually field apply. It is very feasible that you won’t have to treat that wastewater at all – it involves having a sample analyzed by the MDA chemist’s office. If they determine the sample meets the requirements of a soil conditioner (aka: fertilizer), MDE will probably grant permission to apply it to crops for all but about 2-3 months, depending on where you are located in the state (12/16 to 2/28 here on the Eastern Shore).
During those times when surface discharge is not allowed, you are required to have sufficient storage for 7 days worth at a minimum. Assuming you generate 2-3 bbl wastewater per bbl of beer, that’s anywhere from ~600 – ~1,800 gal. (keep in mind that your lowest demand may very well be during that time, so you might only need to brew a few bbls / wk, and only generate ~250 – ~350 gal / wk – also keep in mind that if you’re particularly conscientious and careful you should really be able to keep closer<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span>to 2 bbl wastewater / bbl produced) – On the other hand, MDE will require a hydrostatic leak test and engineer’s stamp for the tank – you will also be required to have a Nutrient Management Plan written by a MD certified nutrient management planner. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any low cost option here.
I have some documentation on all of this, but can’t figure out how to do an attachment in this forum. I could easily do that if I had your e-mail. The other option is to contact BAM, who can give you further info. Good luck.Tim Gavigan, Plant Engineer / Brewer, Gateway Craft Brewing, firstname.lastname@example.org
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