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Alaska brewery plans to use beer as a source of green energy

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The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain -- the waste accumulated from the brewing process -- into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations.

Company officials now joke they are now serving "beer-powered beer."

Four years ago, officials at the Alaskan Brewing Co. started looking at whether it could use spent grain as an in-house, renewable energy source and reduce costs at the same time.

While breweries around the world use spent grain as a co-fuel in energy recovery systems, "nobody was burning sp


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Submitted Feb 04, 2013 By: bar1035
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:02:13 AM

not totally new, but nice to be reminded that there still is some innovative spirit in the country.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:51:05 PM


Good article Bar1035! Thanks for posting!
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 9:06:52 PM

really .... we need serous energy...
msf1527
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 7:40:02 PM

Yes beer power...
endymion
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 5:30:28 AM

I've been running on beer power for years now!
ShadowACE
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:02:49 PM

Z51Corvette said: "Oh that is such a waste of good beer."

Maybe not, Z. They don't seem to mention exactly which brand of beer that is, and I've had a few that would have been much better for burning than they were for drinking. There were a few local varieties that I encountered in Vietnam that were definitely better used as fuel than as a libation.
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:01:54 PM

And serves as an example that this private company acted out of their own free will, without Uncle Sam sticking his fingers where they don't belong.
granitestater
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Normally waste grain goes as livestock feed. But there aren't too many feedlots around the Juneau area...
k54frog
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:53:48 PM

Oh yea, I would say they are going amber. hahaha
k54frog
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:53:05 PM

READ CAREFULLY! they are not wasting beer, they are using the used up grain from beer making to create power to make more beer. I like it.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:52:13 PM

Smart move for them.
Petrock
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:52:05 PM

Sounds like a great idea ... But I have to wonder if I am helping to pay for it!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:49:00 PM

ok
pa79th
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:47:04 PM

I can think of a much better use for beer. It doesn't involve driving, either.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:44:51 PM

Smart thinking on someones behalf.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:44:40 PM

I'll drink to that.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:43:19 PM

What brand - hope its not Schlitz!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:43:13 PM

i'll drink to that ; )
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:41:35 PM

The drink of the masses!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:39:52 PM

Good idea.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:37:42 PM

Oh that is such a waste of good beer. Food is for food and fuel is for fuel... come on get it straight!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:35:07 PM

All alternatives are welcome.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:34:17 PM

Just why we need, drunken cars
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:33:51 PM

Fixed news is not a legitimate news organization.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:30:44 PM

I hope it will keep the cost of the beer down.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:29:00 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:28:45 PM

Good stuff
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:28:37 PM

I like to drink som of that .
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:27:51 PM

Interesting! Drink more beer.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:27:15 PM

good one boatfloyd!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:26:22 PM

Light beer ,regular beer or non alcohol beer?
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:24:08 PM

They are thinking "Outside the Can".
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:22:24 PM

This is funny, how many people just read the title of the article and comment.

This is no different then a trash burning generator.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:21:39 PM

Surprised it hasn't been done before, but I suppose if it's cheap and easy to sell it to local farmers for most breweries, there's why.
Darwin00
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:20:54 PM

cool
heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:18:53 PM

i thought i had heard it all , now this,unbelievable.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:18:25 PM

Prosit!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:18:11 PM

Could beer replace gas?
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:18:09 PM

a good use of leftover product from making beer.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:17:41 PM

So is the beer cheaper now?
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:17:37 PM

Whatever it takes.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:17:27 PM

Now that is cool
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:17:02 PM

no news here, beer has been giving me gas for years!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:16:59 PM

Interesting
crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:16:36 PM

old news
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:15:02 PM

Cuts their costs a bit.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:14:11 PM

Damn all these years I've been doing Green Energy and people thought I was drunk, ha!
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:13:35 PM

Excellent use of a semi waste product. Kudos to to Alaskan Brewing Co. Going green is going to pay off for them.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:13:22 PM

I'm moving there.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:13:10 PM

Uh gas prices?
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:13:09 PM

I'll drink to that.
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