Jane Street based Pilot Beer are scaling up their operation as they get ready to produce their first casks of beer. As a consequence, they’re soon going to be producing about 1.5 tonne of spent grain every week.
Rather than dumping this stuff, the operators are keen to see if they can find a local user for the grain, which is a byproduct of the brewing process.
One half of the Pilot Beer team, brewer Matt Johnson explained to Greener Leith: “We’ll have (very approximately) half a tonne 3 times a week to begin with but that may well increase as our business grows.”
“It would work as a mulch or compost, and also be ideal as animal feed or for a chp plant or biodigester.”
He added that they’ve offered the spent grain to Gorgie City Farm, but discovered they already receive similar supplies from other Edinburgh breweries.
So, if you have a local use for 1.5 tonnes of spent grain a week, then you should contact Matt by email at: [email protected]
Incidentally, you can find out more about what the Pilot Brewery team are up to in this excellent blog post on the Beercast Blog.
Another new brewer sets up on Jane Street
Pilot Beer was the first brewery to set up on Jane Street. This week we learned of yet another new brewing project that has been set-up on Jane Street – called Liquid Brewery.
It’s been set-up by Ivor Ryndync, just a few doors away from the unit housing Pilot Beer. Although Ivors’ operation is reportedly smaller scale than the Pilot Beer brewery nearby at the moment, he has been in touch to say that he’s planning to try crowd sourcing the funding he needs to scale up his plans to produce beer commercially.
For updates you can follow Liquid Brewery on Twitter here.