Collaboration with Brewmasters of Rock Bottom Brewery, Naperville Brewery, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
(IPRO 340 Summer ’13)
INTM Faculty Advisor: Phil Lewis
INTM Specialization: Industrial Sustainability
Micro-breweries are asking "What to do with their spent grain?” Students in this IPRO were challenged to develop a creative solution. Keeping in mind that most individual micro brewers do not produce enough spent grain to merit reusing it, the team began with the idea of creating a micro-brewery cooperative, and working with urban farm cooperatives of similar volume and size that use spent grain as compost.
Team members became familiar with the uses for spent grain and the businesses that acquire it. They examined the barriers prohibiting small volume, and proposed ways to address some of their specific concerns. They evaluated business practices, logistics, costs, storage, packaging, and partnering options in order to produce a final report.
This video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6vxv4amdY highlights the many things that the team learned about business models involving spent grain.