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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 6:02:13 AM

not totally new, but nice to be reminded that there still is some innovative spirit in the country.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:51:05 AM


Good article Bar1035! Thanks for posting!
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:06:52 PM

really .... we need serous energy...
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msf1527
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 9:40:02 PM

Yes beer power...
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endymion
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 7:30:28 AM

I've been running on beer power for years now!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 1:02:49 AM

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.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 1:01:54 AM

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.
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:56:00 AM

Normally waste grain goes as livestock feed. But there aren't too many feedlots around the Juneau area...
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:53:48 AM

Oh yea, I would say they are going amber. hahaha
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k54frog
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:53:05 AM

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 5, 2013 12:52:13 AM

Smart move for them.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:52:05 AM

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 5, 2013 12:49:00 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:47:04 AM

I can think of a much better use for beer. It doesn't involve driving, either.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:44:51 AM

Smart thinking on someones behalf.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:44:40 AM

I'll drink to that.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:43:19 AM

What brand - hope its not Schlitz!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:43:13 AM

i'll drink to that ; )
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:41:35 AM

The drink of the masses!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:39:52 AM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:37:42 AM

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 5, 2013 12:35:07 AM

All alternatives are welcome.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:34:17 AM

Just why we need, drunken cars
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:33:51 AM

Fixed news is not a legitimate news organization.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:30:44 AM

I hope it will keep the cost of the beer down.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:29:00 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:28:45 AM

Good stuff
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:28:37 AM

I like to drink som of that .
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:27:51 AM

Interesting! Drink more beer.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:27:15 AM

good one boatfloyd!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:26:22 AM

Light beer ,regular beer or non alcohol beer?
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:24:08 AM

They are thinking "Outside the Can".
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:22:24 AM

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 5, 2013 12:21:39 AM

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.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:20:54 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:18:53 AM

i thought i had heard it all , now this,unbelievable.
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Prosit!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:18:11 AM

Could beer replace gas?
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:18:09 AM

a good use of leftover product from making beer.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:17:41 AM

So is the beer cheaper now?
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Whatever it takes.
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Now that is cool
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:17:02 AM

no news here, beer has been giving me gas for years!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:16:59 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:16:36 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:15:02 AM

Cuts their costs a bit.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:14:11 AM

Damn all these years I've been doing Green Energy and people thought I was drunk, ha!
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:13:35 AM

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 5, 2013 12:13:22 AM

I'm moving there.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:13:10 AM

Uh gas prices?
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