Green Beer

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

To buy glass bottles or aluminum cans... that is the question... usually regarding which one makes less of an impact on the environment.

One local brewery shared how they are amping up their efforts to create the greenest beer as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

Brewing beer is no quick process.

"We can go from a bag of grain of malted barley to a bottle coming off the bottling line in about 8 or 9 days."

"Beer is, in our case, a combination of four ingredients. Water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."

The biggest waste during the brewing process is water, although the brewery does reuse a great deal of water already, they have conjured up a plan to reduce their demand even more.

"So there's a second tank that I want to pick up so we can recapture some of our cooling water and reuse it."

During production, bins fill up with the solids that don't actually go into the bottles, but they find a second use as well.

"Each week, Lake Superior Brewery donates three to four thousand pounds of this spent grain to local farmers to use as livestock feed."

"It's pretty common in the brewing world to give your grain away to local farmers."

It's a brewery making green beer on more than one day of the year.

Dale Kleinschmidt is hoping to experiment with Solar Water Heating in the near future.