Anaerobic treatment of brewery wastes

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Anaerobic digestion provides a potential alternative to traditional methods of brewery waste treatment. This chapter provides an overview of the principles of the anaerobic digestion process and the key process parameters. This is followed by an analysis of the application of anaerobic digestion technology to brewery waste management and key considerations specific to this waste stream, including waste characteristics, pretreatment and co-digestion requirements. Disposal and re-use options for the by-products of the anaerobic digestion processes are also addressed. The chapter concludes with suggestions of areas for further research for cost-effective application of anaerobic digestion in the brewing industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrewing microbiology
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging microbes, ensuring quality and valorising waste
EditorsAnnie E. Hill
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherWoodhead Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423492
ISBN (Print)9781782423317
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition
PublisherWoodhead Publishing

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    Akunna, J. C. (2015). Anaerobic treatment of brewery wastes. In A. E. Hill (Ed.), Brewing microbiology: managing microbes, ensuring quality and valorising waste (pp. 407–424). (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition; No. 289). Woodhead Publishing.