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Fellow Distiller of Fine Spirits,


  • Are you interested in sustainable business practices? 

  • Would you recycle all of your waste byproducts onsite or nearby if it was possible? 

  • Do you want to reduce or eliminate your sewer and solid waste disposal costs?


Spent distillery wash, organic solids, spent grains and fruit, CO2, waste heat, cardboard, paper, etc. can be recycled and reused to produce useful products like: water, vegetable produce, soil amendments, and more.


I have been working on a system to recycle all of the major byproducts of my distillery.  I am now ready to build the prototype system.  I want to get more distilleries that are interested in sustainable industry to get involved.  There are about 1,300 distilleries in the US right now.  We have about 80 here in Oregon.


We have an opportunity to set the standard on sustainability.  Because of the type of byproducts we produce, it is relatively simple to recycle virtually all of it.  Traditional waste disposal is getting more complicated and expensive all the time. Sewage rates are going up, solid waste disposal rates are increasing, and there is concern over CO2 emissions.  We can mitigate all of these onsite reducing our costs, producing other products, increasing our community presence and reputation by doing something good for the environment.


Those of you that get involved as a minor partner and help either physically or financially, will have the use of the research, system design and operation for your own use at your distillery. The major partners will retain the commercial rights to the system. The prototype system will be operated in partnership with local universities and other sustainability industry professionals.  We are seeking grants through other federal, state, and private organizations such as the SBIR program.  Should these come through, this offer will be discontinued and those presently onboard will retain the original rights as described.


Let me know if you are interested and would like to learn more.

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I'd be very interested in hearing what you are thinking- we are in the process of trying to make use of our spent grains. We have worked very hard to utilize waste water and heat.



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Hi Chad,

I am putting together a small scale spent wash recycling system right now. Once that is complete and running, then I can apply for some grants to complete the full scale prototype. Then we will make it available commercially. Then that system will recycle all of our waste streams onsite. Solid, liquid, CO2, the works.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to get involved,

Rick Stillwagon

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Not that I don't already have too much on my plate, but I'd like to see if there is anything I could help with. Ill PM my email Rick

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