Thwaites, founded in 1807, moved from its large town centre site in Blackburn in 2018 to a new purpose-built brewery and Shire stables in a wooded area on the outskirts of Blackburn. As part of their new-build they required a wastewater treatment solution, and turned to Smart Storm.
The brewing process produces alcohol, sugars and proteins that form part of the wastewater and create an acidic solution. The first stage of the wastewater treatment however is to remove the solids from all the grain, like barley and hops for example.
Mechanical screens are the most successful method, and in this instance, Smart storm installed a wedge wire screen as the most effective solution
pH balancing is then required for the acidic effluent. Water companies are increasingly targeting businesses that breach their pH consent, as unbalanced effluent entering the sewer network can erode their sewer pipes. CIP or other caustic cleaning processes also require pH balancing before discharge.
The pH balancing system installed by Smart Storm utilises its range of monitoring instruments to allow them to accurately monitor and dose the effluent in real-time, as opposed to a batch process. Also installed as part of the trade effluent monitoring system was a v-notch weir and USI fllow meter for compliant flow measurements and a Hydrocell wastewater sampler.
“Smart Storm not only provide a very friendly and responsive service but also provide state of the art instruments which are ideal for Brewery Effluent”
– Brian Yorston, Head Brewer, Thwaites
“Normally, we install treatment plants as an afterthought which can cause horrendous logistical problems on sites but in this case, it was great that Thwaites had the foresight to identify their needs at the start of their new build.”
– Dr John Duffy, Managing Director, Smart Storm