Alcohol is a drink enjoyed by several people across the globe. It can be presented in different forms, including beer, whiskey, gin, rum, wine, tequila, spirits, vodka. Each of these forms contains different ingredients that give us the desired result, but alcohol is a common base factor in all of them. Such drinks are mainly served in social gatherings, parties or can be enjoyed at the comfort of your home. It is often advised that we drink responsibly because alcohol causes impaired judgment, and we might end up paying for the consequences once we are sober.
Excessive consumption is harmful to your health, causing liver complications, kidney, and even ulcers in the stomach. Since they cause impaired judgment, it is advised that people restrain from operating machinery such as vehicles when drunk since this could lead to fatal injuries or even death to both self and people around you. There are campaigns all over that advocate drinking and driving, convincing people that they are better off taking a cab home. Responsible drinking is about taking care of yourself and those around you too.
The alcohol from those different drinks is obtained from a variety of products. Wine uses grapes to get their base, beer use barley, tequila is made from a blue agave plant, and the other brands get from different raw materials. However, the process of obtaining this alcohol from these materials is the same. These plants undergo fermentation by adding certain catalysts like yeast to speed up the process. The starch and sugar found in those raw materials turn into ethyl, which is the basis of all alcoholic drinks, while also releasing carbon dioxide gas.
During the brewing process, more often than not, those fumes released often have a pleasant smell. People living around such industries often have little to complain about any odor emitted from such industries. There might be a few instances where an odor is felt, cases that can be explained. Like any other manufacturing industry, there have to be by-products that prove useless after that procedure is done. In this case of beer brewing, the by-products may continue to ferment in anaerobic conditions, releasing hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans.
Such gases can make it uncomfortable even for the workers to continue working, and those living around that area have difficulty breathing properly. If not dealt with appropriately, they can interfere with other industrial processes like packaging, where the odor can sip into your consumer’s orders. Hydrogen sulfide is also a corrosive gas, which can corrode surfaces of machines or the building’s structure if it isn’t controlled.
Industries have used various methods to limit these fumes’ spread to the environment and other parts of the factory. One of the common methods used is by having a purifying system in the setup. This system could sometimes lead to additional air gases, which can already be smelt in the air in small doses but can be controlled installation of an air scrubber. The method has been successful in some factories, while others had to seek out different alternatives.
Another solution employed is the use of active carbon air filters, specifically designed to purify the air. These filters ensure that sulfur in the air is reduced into a harmless substance, hence eliminating any odor from the environment. This brings back productivity in the industry, comfortable living among the neighbors, and machines’ preservation. Luckily, once the filters have become saturated with sulfur compounds, they can easily be replaced by fresh ones.
There may be other bad odor sources in brewing factories, like when they receive a bad batch of raw materials. If the product is rotten or rotting or almost going bad, then a smell would soon emit from the heap. When they are not stored well in a cool, dry place, this could contribute to odors in a factory. Ensure that the product is stored well and doesn’t come into contact with liquid of any form.
To actively and efficiently deal with this odor, we should understand how beer is brewed to know where the smell originates. We then apply suggestions of possible areas that could cause the smell and effective solutions that apply in your factory from this knowledge. Without this understanding, you’d go in circles chasing the wind, while the source could be right in front of you.