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Brewery Disinfection: The Chlorine Dilemma and Safer Alternatives

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

For brewery owners and craft beer aficionados, maintaining a clean and disinfected environment throughout the brewing process is of utmost importance. One traditional means of achieving this has been through the use of chlorine-based cleaning agents. However, over time, the industry has discovered drawbacks and potential risks associated with using chlorine for brewery disinfection. This realisation has resulted in many in the craft beer world searching for alternatives that are both effective and eco-friendly.


One innovative and eco-conscious solution that is fast gaining traction among brewers is Hygieia-San's Huwa-San disinfectant. As the sole importer and distributor of Huwa-San across Oceania, Hygieia-San's mission is to provide an eco-friendly disinfectant that effectively combats a wide range of pathogens without the downsides of traditional chlorine-based methods.


In this article, we will delve into the reasons why chlorine isn't the best choice for brewery disinfection and examine the benefits of leveraging a cutting-edge solution like Huwa-San for your brewery's cleaning needs, ensuring that both your beer and the planet remain in optimal condition.


The Drawbacks of Using Chlorine for Brewery Disinfection


For brewery disinfection, achieving and maintaining cleanliness is not just a desirable attribute but a requisite for the production of quality beer. Over the years, chlorine has emerged as a popular cleaning option due to its affordability, accessibility, and potency against a wide array of pathogens. However, when examining chlorine's usage in brewery disinfection, there are several key drawbacks that warrant scrutiny:


1. Residual Effects: The use of chlorine for cleaning brewing equipment may leave residual remains on surfaces, which could ultimately impact the taste and aroma of the end product. Furthermore, the traces of chlorine may also react with byproducts in the brewing process, resulting in potentially harmful compounds like chlorophenols and trihalomethanes.


2. Environmental Concerns: Chlorine presents serious environmental and safety concerns when used in large quantities. Its manufacturing processes contribute to the release of dangerous pollutants and greenhouse gases. Although chlorine is a biocide, its harmful environmental effects outweigh its advantages.


3. Corrosive Properties: Chlorine can be highly corrosive to metals, especially when working with stainless steel, which is the material predominantly used in brewing equipment. Prolonged exposure to chlorine may lead to the degradation of the brewing infrastructure and compromise the longevity of your investment.


Huwa-San: A Safer and Eco-Friendly Alternative for Brewery Disinfection


In the quest for a more sustainable and effective solution for brewery disinfection, Huwa-San partners with breweries to ensure an efficient and eco-friendly cleaning process. The Huwa-San disinfectant utilises a hydrogen peroxide and silver ion formula that effectively targets various microbes, bacteria, and viruses without compromising the quality of beer or brewing equipment.


1. No Taste Alteration: Unlike chlorine, Huwa-San does not leave residual traces on surfaces, ensuring that the taste and aroma of the brew remain unaffected. Huwa-San’s formula does not create any harmful byproducts or cause chemical reactions that could otherwise influence the sensory experience of the beer.


2. Environmental Sustainability: Huwa-San is 100% biodegradable, integrating seamlessly with a brewery's sustainability objectives and aligning with a commitment to reduce environmental impact. The formula is non-toxic, minimising risks for both the brewery personnel and end consumers while preventing the release of harmful emissions.


3. Brewery Equipment Preservation: The non-corrosive nature of Huwa-San ensures that the brewery's valuable infrastructure remains protected, reducing the risk of expensive repairs, replacements, and equipment degradation due to chemical exposure.


Eradicating Common Brewery Contaminants with Huwa-San


Breweries can harbour a variety of bactericides and viruses, which, if left uncontrolled, may lead to contamination and spoilage of the beer. Huwa-San's formula is designed to effectively eliminate the following common brewery contaminants:


1. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB): These bacteria can produce unwanted off-flavours and negatively impact the beer quality due to the formation of lactic acid. Huwa-San’s powerful disinfection properties effectively curtail the growth of LAB, preserving the integrity of the brew.


2. Wild yeasts: Uncontrolled wild yeast strains can introduce undesirable flavours and spoil the beer, leading to significant losses in productivity and revenue. Huwa-San's potent formula targets and eliminates these potentially harmful organisms, protecting the consistency and quality of the final product.


3. Acetic acid bacteria (AAB): AAB is responsible for the formation of acetic acid in beer, producing unpleasant vinegar-like off-flavours. Huwa-San's disinfectant properties effectively suppress the growth of AAB, ensuring a beer's taste profile remains unblemished.


Implementing Huwa-San in Brewery Cleaning Procedures


To optimise the benefits of Huwa-San for brewery disinfection, it is essential to seamlessly integrate its application into the brewery cleaning procedures. Huwa-San is a versatile and effective disinfectant, proving efficacious in several brewery disinfection processes:


1. Clean-In-Place (CIP): Huwa-San can be an integral part of a brewery's CIP system, providing thorough, efficient cleaning for equipment such as fermenters, mash tuns, and other brewing vessels.


2. Surface Disinfection: Huwa-San can be utilised for surface disinfection in various brewery areas, including countertops, brewing equipment exteriors, and workstations, ensuring a clean and safe working environment.


3. Keg and Bottle Cleaning: To maintain the quality of beer from production to consumption, Huwa-San's formula can be employed in the cleaning and disinfection of kegs, bottles, and other containers.


As breweries increasingly adopt more eco-friendly practices, Huwa-San emerges as an ideal alternative to traditional chlorine-based cleaning methods. Its innovative formula ensures brewery disinfection with minimal environmental impact and without the associated drawbacks, ultimately resulting in a cleaner brew and a greener planet.


The Future of Brewery Disinfection: Embracing Eco-Friendly Solutions


As the brewery industry evolves to adopt greener practices and mitigate the environmental impact of brewing, switching to a sustainable disinfectant solution like Huwa-San can yield significant benefits. By embracing this innovative and eco-friendly disinfectant, breweries can maintain impeccable disinfection standards while ensuring longer-lasting equipment and superior beer quality, reaffirming their commitment to environmental responsibility. With Huwa-San, the future of brewery disinfection looks brighter, greener and more effective than ever.


Ready to make the leap to a greener, safer, and more effective disinfection solution for your brewery? Get in touch with our team at Hygieia-San to discuss how Huwa-San can revolutionise your brewery's disinfection practices and elevate both the quality of your beer and your commitment to the environment. Embrace the future of brewery disinfection with Huwa-San today!


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