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Septic Systems and Brewing
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:19:49 PM »
Having just returned to home brewing after a 30 year hiatus, and first time brewing on a septic system, I wonder if all the spoils of brewing going down the drain will cause me grief later.  Oh btw, my first brew from a partial grain kit, an Oktoberfest, was opened yesterday.  It was terrific. 

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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2015, 12:26:46 PM »
I've beendumping yeast, sanitizer and other brewing byproducts into my spetic system for 17+ years with no problem.  When you think that the septic is 1000+ gal. and the amount of other stuff you're adding is miniscule, it makes sense.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2015, 01:01:15 PM »
I have even wondered if beer by products actually help that biological party.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2015, 10:42:39 AM »
Like Denny, I've been dumping yeast, sanitizer, etc. in my septic system for over 13 years with no issues.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2015, 04:22:55 PM »
As long as you occasionally remove the collected solids from the tank, it should be fine. Some households deliver so little load to their system compared to its volume, that they can go a decade or more before needing the solids removed. If your household loading is high...lots of kids, then you may need to increase your pumpout frequency. The load from brewing shouldn't be too significant.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2015, 04:47:37 PM »
Hmmm...Load is the operative word here.  :D

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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2015, 05:21:59 PM »
This is a very sore subject with me. Currently shopping for contractors to replace my existing septic which is no longer absorbing the effluent. Now they tell me there are aerators and pumps required and annual inspections required by the county- only 15 grand to top it off!!! I like my existing system all gravity no pumps.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2015, 05:23:40 PM »
Hmmm...Load is the operative word here.  :D

This thread could turn into a wreck real fast.

Yeah, a really crappy visual image.   ;)
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2015, 06:56:14 PM »
Hmmm...Load is the operative word here.  :D

This thread could turn into a wreck real fast.

Yeah, a really crappy visual image.   ;)
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2015, 07:06:30 PM »
Hmmm...Load is the operative word here.  :D

This thread could turn into a wreck real fast.

Yeah, a really crappy visual image.   ;)
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2015, 07:19:19 PM »
What sort of shots does that career require?

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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2015, 07:28:26 PM »
What sort of shots does that career require?
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2015, 08:25:23 PM »
Hmmm...Load is the operative word here.  :D

This thread could turn into a wreck real fast.

Yeah, a really crappy visual image.   ;)
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2015, 09:24:15 PM »
This is a very sore subject with me. Currently shopping for contractors to replace my existing septic which is no longer absorbing the effluent. Now they tell me there are aerators and pumps required and annual inspections required by the county- only 15 grand to top it off!!! I like my existing system all gravity no pumps.

Your reaction is understandable. Unfortunately, septic tanks do not "treat" our wastes. They only keep potentially harmful organisms away from human contact. All the damaging nutrients from our waste just flow into the groundwater and into whatever receiving water is downstream. When its just one septic system in a few acres, the environment tends to be able to handle it. It just doesn't work for the environment when its denser than that.

Sorry for your dilemma.
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Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2015, 09:34:38 PM »

What sort of shots does that career require?
I'm thinking Everclear
In the mouth or veins?