Power Hour: Get a Grip on Water

Brewers Association
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Tools for Measuring and Managing Water in Your Brewery

Speakers: Peter Kruger Master Brewer – Bear Republic Brewing Company; Matt Bailey Maintenance and Engineering Manager – Odell Brewing, Leo Schempp Wastewater Manager – Stone Brewing Company

Register online by July 23.

Whether you’re a 50 barrel brewery or a 500,000 barrel brewery, water use and management are critical components to a successful and efficient operation. With some parts of the country experiencing current and projected water shortages and cost increases affecting everyone, managing your water use is more important than ever.

Join us on July 24 for insights on how you can reduce the amount of water used in your brewery both on the front end and through reclamation and reuse. Some of the topics to be covered by our speakers include:

Water Reduction

  • What gets measured, gets improved – the easiest way to reduce
  • Push button timers at water stations
  • Pulse rinsing pulse for CIP applications

Water Reclamation and Reuse

  • Vacuum pumps as a user of water
  • Filler water reclaim project

Bottle Line Vacuum Pump Water Re-Circulation Project

  • Concept
  • Research and theory on vacuum pump operation
  • Parts needed
  • Results and lessons learned

About our Speakers:

Peter Kruger, Master Brewer – Bear Republic Brewing Company

Peter-KrugerPeter fell in love with craft beer in the late 1980s while attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Upon graduation he promptly followed his calling and brewed for Full Sail from 1993 to 1995. With many beer related stops along the way (Salt Lake City, Healdsburg, Guerneville and Calistoga) he eventually landed as Master Brewer for Bear Republic’s production brewery in Cloverdale, California. Peter serves on the Sustainability Subcommittee for the BA.

Matt Bailey, Maintenance and Engineering Manager – Odell Brewing Company

Matt_BaileyMatt oversees all things regarding maintaining and installing new production equipment, process improvement, and facility upkeep at Odell Brewing. While in college, he picked up home brewing as a hobby, which helped fuel his passion for beer before joining the brewery workforce. Prior to joining Odell Brewing, he worked as a Project Engineer at Anheuser-Busch in Fort Collins, with responsibilities in the areas of instrumentation, packaging process improvement and maintenance reliability.

Leo Schempp, Wastewater Manager – Stone Brewing Company

Leo-SchemppLeo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is both a California Certified Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade V and a California Certified Water Treatment Operator Grade II. Before joining Stone, Leo held positions at municipal wastewater plants and water reclamation facilities in California.

Staff Attending:

What is Power Hour?

Power Hour is an on-line, interactive teleconference series. Invited guests present on selected topics of interest to the brewing community, followed by a question and answer session. Power Hours are presented on a general monthly to bi-monthly schedule, but frequency may vary.

If a Power Hour has been scheduled, you will find additional information listed in the events calendar.


  • Participating and accessing the archives is free to Brewers Association members.

To participate, you'll need the following

  • Internet access on a computer with audio capability (phone access option available if your computer is not audio capable)

Participants Must Pre-register!

All pre-registered participants will be notified in advance via email with a link and instructions on how to participate. Teleconferences are approximately every six weeks and last for approximately one hour.