Sustainability

We are pretty serious about sustainability.

We are doing our best to limit our ecological footprint in what is, by any measure, an energy-intensive and wasteful process. Some high points:

  • All of the electricity used in our building is provided by our solar array: in fact, we make more than we use, so excess credits have been given to employees in order to use them up.

  • We have super-insulated all of the heated areas of the distillery to R-36 in the walls and R-90 in the roof.

  • We installed all double pane windows with low-e coating.

  • We use separated-combustion space heaters where necessary so we only pull in outside air for the heaters — this is both more healthy, and a whole lot safer.

  • We use minimum 80% efficiency gas units for steam production for the stills. We are going to be connected to the new natural gas pipeline, at which point we will only use¬†renewable natural gas created from the methane produced by the organic material in farms and landfills.

  • All of our liquid stillage and waste grains are given to local farms for feed.

  • All of our cleaning and process water is captured, tested, and pH checked to be sure we are not introducing BOD (biochemical oxygen demand, a pollutant) into the waste stream.

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