Research Article

A Preliminary Laboratory Investigation of Methane Generation Potential from Brewery Wastewater using UASB Reactor

MA Karim* and Benjamin L Moss

Published: 17 May, 2017 | Volume 1 - Issue 1 | Pages: 034-041

A preliminary laboratory study was conducted using upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor to investigate the potential of methane generation from brewery wastewater. Brewery wastewater from a local brewery company was collected and used in the experiments. The experiments were run for 15 days. The rate of methane production was about 5.32 L per kg of chemical oxygen demand (COD) removed per day. The pH reduction in the experimental reactor limited the ability of gas production and is likely the result of the temperature at which the experiments were conducted.

Read Full Article HTML DOI: 10.29328/journal.acee.1001004 Cite this Article Read Full Article PDF


Brewery wastewater; Methane generation; Up flow anaerobic sludge blanketequations


  1. Braeken L, Van der Bruggen B, Vandecasteele C. Regeneration of brewery waste water using nanofiltration. Water Res. 2004; 38: 3075-3082. Ref.: https://goo.gl/vQ8svx
  2. Parawira W, Kudita I, Nyandoroh M G. A study of industrial anaerobic treatment of opaque beer brewery wastewater in a tropical climate using a full-scale UASB reactor seeded with activated sludge. Process Biochemistry. 2005; 40: 593-599. Ref.: https://goo.gl/gKzBeC
  3. Fillaudeau L, Blanpain-Aver P, Daufin G. Water, Wastewater and Waste Managment in Brewing Industries. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2006; 14: 463-471. Ref.: https://goo.gl/Ni306W
  4. Fillaudeau L, Boissier B, Moreau A, Blanpain-Avet P, Ermolaev S, et al. Investigation of rotating and vibrating filtration for clarification of rough beer. Journal of Food Engineering. 2007; 80: 206-217. Ref.: https://goo.gl/7WqrPE
  5. Doubla A, Laminsi A, Nzali A, Njoyim E, Kamsu-Kom J, et al. Organic pollutants abatement and biodecontamination of brewery effluents by a nonthermal quenched plasma at atmospheric pressure. Chemosphere. 2007; 69: 332-337. Ref.: https://goo.gl/F02ZS9
  6. Zupancic G, Skrjanec I, Logar RM. Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Excess Brewery Yeast in a Granular Biomass Reactor To Enhance The Production of Biomethane. Bioresource Technology. 2012; 124: 328-337. Ref.: https://goo.gl/3XPjyJ
  7. Kanagachandran K, Jayerantene R. Utilisation potential of brewery wastewater sludge as an organic fertilizer. Journal of the Institute of Brewing. 2006; 112: 92-96. Ref.: https://goo.gl/oNKGfs
  8. Simate GS, Cluett J, Iyuke SE, Musapatika ET, Ndlovu S, et al. The treatment of brewery wastewater for reuse: State of the art. Desalination. 2011; 273: 235-247. Ref.: https://goo.gl/B4YuiW
  9. Mao C, Feng Y, Wang X, Ren G. Review on Research Achievements of Biogas From Anaerobic Digestion. Renewable and Sustainabe Energy Reviews. 2015; 540-555. Ref.: https://goo.gl/hWsXWq
  10. Wang X, Feng YJ, Lee H. Electricity production from beer brewery wastewater using single chamber microbial fuel cell. Water Sci Technol. 2008; 57: 117-121. Ref.: https://goo.gl/4EAJbh
  11. Feng Y, Wang X, Logan BE, Lee H. Brewery wastewater treatment using air-cathode microbial fuel cells. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008; 78: 873-880. Ref.: https://goo.gl/EN75Km
  12. Enitan AM, Adeyemo J, Kumari S, Swalaha FM, Bux F. Characterization of Brewery Wastewater Composition. International Journal of Environmental, Chemical, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering. 2015; 9: 1057-1060. Ref.: https://goo.gl/pwA5dw
  13. Inyang UE, Bassey EN, Inyang JD. Characterization of Brewery Effluent Fluid. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 2012; 4: 67-77.
  14. Rao AG, Reddy TS, Prakash K, Vanajakshi SS, Joseph J, et al. pH regulation of alkaline wastewater with carbon dioxide: A case study of treatment of brewery wastewater in UASB reactor coupled with absorber. Bioresour Technol. 2007; 98: 2131-2136. Ref.: https://goo.gl/v1Fj7M
  15. Moss BL. Comparative Assessment of the Methane Generation from Brewery and Domestic Wastewater using USAB Reactor, MSCE thesis, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 2016; GA, May, 42.
  16. Mata-Alvarez J, Dosta J, Romero-Guiza MS, Fonoll X, Peces M, et al. A Critical Review on Anaerobic Co-Digestion Achievements between 2010 and 2013. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2014; 412-427. Ref.: https://goo.gl/VXGjao
  17. Tchobanoglous G, Burton FL, Stensel DH. Wastewater Engineering Treatment and Reuse (4th ed.) New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 2003.


Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 1

Figure 3

Figure 1

Figure 4

Figure 1

Figure 5

Figure 1

Figure 6

Similar Articles

Recently Viewed

Read More

Most Viewed

Read More

Help ?