Beer Brewing & CO2 Recycling Using Vertical Hydroponics
Hydro Homebrew recycles CO2 produced from beer brewing to establish a high yield, sustainable urban farming model.
Despite the decreasing availability of farmland and resources essential for food production, few agricultural companies develop and apply sustainable agricultural techniques. The lack of environmentally friendly technology is illustrated best within the craft beer brewing industry. When yeast metabolizes glucose, alcohol and carbon dioxide are produced. Rather than capture the greenhouse gas, craft breweries allow carbon dioxide to flow freely from fermentation tanks into the atmosphere, growing their carbon footprint.
To solve this problem, Hydro Homebrew has developed a natural way to sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide waste, and generate revenue in the process. Using vertical hydroponic systems in controlled growing environments, excess carbon dioxide nourishes fast growing organic herbs and peppers to their full potential. Additionally, excess plant matter and brewing byproducts are composted and used in future growing cycles, minimizing resource loss. By channeling carbon dioxide from the fermentation process into a hydroponic greenhouse, fast growing herbs also produce higher yields in the process.
We want to enable individuals to benefit from our research and development. To do this, we are creating a "How To" manual for setting up and maintaining a successful closed loop business model. When completed, our manual will contain: a thorough overview of hydroponics, beer brewing, and worm composting, all of our research and data, 3D and 2D models of our previous and current systems, analysis of our distribution methods and experiences working with restaurants, and an in-depth economic break down of the business model. With this information, we believe that anyone will be able to recreate and enhance our model.
With Kickstarter funding, Hydro Homebrew will be able to purchase the necessary equipment to develop a working business model. As soon as we receive our equipment, we will begin brewing our first batches of beer in addition to constructing a high yield vertical hydroponic system out of agricultural grade products. Due to construction time of the hydroponic system and the long germination time of heirloom seed varieties, we will most likely be unable to harvest CO2 until our third or fourth batch of beer is fermenting. When the seedlings are big enough to be transferred and settled into the hydroponic system, tubing will utilize the transfer of CO2 from the beer brewing into the growing environment, and rapidly enhance the growth of plants within the garden. To generate revenue, hydroponic produce and beer harvested from the project will be distributed through local channels such as restaurants and farmers markets. By developing new agricultural techniques that are available to the public, Hydro Homebrew strives to inspire a new wave of sustainable urban farmers and brewers who view waste as an opportunity, rather than a burden.
UPDATE: Hydro Homebrew has officially partnered with their first local restaurant!
By backing our project, you will be helping us pay for essential equipment like...
Hydroponic Net Pots
Lights (High Intensity Discharge)
Lights (Compact Fluorescent Lighting)
Lighting & Exhaust Fans
pH Up & Down
Reverse Osmosis Filter
Seed Propagation Beds
Custom Trellis System
Multiple Six gallon bottling buckets with spigots
Multiple Six gallon carboys
Multiple Five gallon carboys
Fermentation Locks & Bungs
Tubing For Carbon Dioxide Transfer
Different Varieties Of Yeast
And Much More...
We hope you enjoyed learning about this project, and if you have any questions or comments, please email Hydro Homebrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
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