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Abstract

This comprehensive white paper explores the potential utilisation of Lazuli Waters – Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) powered by LEAF Commercial within the brewing industry. Integral to the brewing processes, the sanitation methods directly influence product quality, consistency, and safety. Existing, practical sanitation approaches often present environmental and operational challenges. This paper aims to present AEC as a potent alternative, underscoring its antimicrobial properties, efficacy in biofilm and line cleaning,and environmental benefits. Through detailed analysis, case studies, and future recommendations, we illuminate the path for AEC’s adoption in the brewing industry, heralding a new era of enhanced practices.

Introduction

The brewing industry, steeped in tradition and craftsmanship, is also an arena of constant innovation and adaptation. Every stage of the brewing process, from ingredientselection to final packaging, plays a pivotal role in the quality of the end product. No
aspect of this process is more crucial, yet behind-the-scenes than sanitation. Adequate sanitation is the unsung hero of brewing, ensuring product safety, consistency, and the purity of each brew’s intended flavours. In the pursuit of efficient and adequate
sanitation, a compound has come into the spotlight—Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC). AEC is an aqueous solution produced through the electrolysis of a saltwater solution, resulting in a product with potent antimicrobial properties. Already recognised in healthcare, food safety, and water treatment sectors for its effective disinfection properties, AEC is making waves as a potential game-changer in the brewing industry.

This white paper delves into the chemistry of AEC, its benefits, and potential applications
within the brewing industry, with particular emphasis on biofilm management and line cleaning. We provide insights into practical use cases, backed by case studies from the brewing industry, to shed light on how AEC can revolutionise the sanitation process in brewing. We aspire to equip stakeholders with knowledge and recommendations to embrace AEC for a more efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly brewing industry.

Chapter 1: The Chemistry of AEC

The Chemistry of AEC Understanding Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) requires a glimpse into chemistry. AEC is produced via the electrolysis of a solution containing sodium chloride and water. This electrochemical process creates a powerful oxidising agent – AEC – that is both safe for humans and lethal for many microorganisms.

Formation of AEC

The production of AEC is an exciting interplay of chemistry and electricity. In a process known as electrolysis, an electric current is passed through a solution of sodium chloride and water. This induces several chemical reactions resulting in the formation of various compounds. One of these compounds is our revolutionary liquid, AEC.

Chemical and Physical Properties of AEC

AEC is mildly acidic on the pH scale, typically around a pH of 5-6. This characteristic is essential as the antimicrobial activity of AEC is highly pH-dependent, with optimal disinfection capabilities exhibited in this mildly acidic range. AEC is an oxidising agent.
This means it can accept electrons from other compounds in a chemical reaction. It is this property that is responsible for AEC’s antimicrobial power.

Mechanism of Antimicrobial Action

AEC works by oxidising the proteins and lipids that make up the cell membranes of microorganisms. This disrupts the structure of the cell membrane, leading to increased cell permeability, leakage of vital cell contents, and, ultimately, cell death. Given its mode
of action, it is highly effective against a wide array of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores. AEC’s chemistry makes it a potent sanitation tool – its ability to eradicate a wide range of microorganisms and its safety profile for humans and the environment positions it as a potential game-changer in the brewing industry. In the subsequent chapters, we will delve into the role of AEC within the brewing industry, starting with the existing sanitation methods and the challenges they present.

Chapter 2: AEC and Its Place in the Brewing Industry

In a context where sanitation is paramount, the brewing industry relies on tried and tested methods to ensure product quality and safety. The entry of Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) into the scenario provides an innovative and powerful option for
breweries worldwide, offering superior disinfection capabilities. This chapter discusses the existing sanitation methods, their challenges, and how AEC could revolutionise the brewing industry.

Existing Sanitation Methods in the Brewing Industry

Various chemical sanitisers are employed in traditional brewing processes, including but not limited to iodophor, peracetic acid (PAA), and chlorine dioxide. These compounds, whilst effective, are with their drawbacks, particularly concerning safety and environmental impact. For instance, excessive exposure to PAA can be harmful, whilst using chlorine-based sanitisers can result in environmentally toxic by-products.

AEC as a Sanitation Solution: Pros and Cons

With its potent antimicrobial properties and environmental benignity, AEC stands out as a promising solution. It offers robust disinfection, neutralising a broad spectrum of microorganisms, critical in the brewing industry where diverse microbes can threaten product quality and safety. AEC’s effectiveness against biofilms, often a significant challenge in the brewing industry, further enhances its value.
Whilst AEC presents many advantages, it’s essential to recognise its limitations. As anaqueous solution, AEC is prone to instability over time and can lose its effectiveness when exposed to sunlight or heat. This necessitates careful storage conditions, a minor
challenge compared to the benefits it brings.

Adoption of AEC in the Brewing Industry

Given the advantages of AEC, its adoption in the brewing industry is not just practical but essential. As an alternative to traditional sanitisers, AEC can enhance brewing processes, improve product safety, and minimise environmental impact, all of which are highpriority objectives for modern breweries.

Chapter 3: Benefits of AEC

Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) offers numerous benefits, making it a promising addition to the brewing industry’s sanitation toolkit. This chapter will explore the primary benefits of AEC, including its efficacy in disinfection, reduction in biofilm formation, and positive environmental implications.

Efficacy in Disinfection

AEC is a powerful oxidising agent that provides robust disinfection against various microorganisms. Its ability to disrupt the cell membranes of microbes makes it effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores. This broad-spectrum activity is particularly
beneficial in brewing, where many microorganisms can potentially spoil the product.

Reduction in Biofilm Formation

Biofilms – communities of microorganisms that adhere to each other and surfaces – present significant challenges in the brewing industry. Biofilms can harbour spoilage organisms, potentially compromising product quality and safety. AEC’s ability to
eradicate biofilms is a significant advantage in brewery sanitation.

Environmental Implications of Using AEC

In addition to its disinfection prowess, AEC offers substantial environmental benefits. Unlike some traditional sanitisers that can produce harmful by-products, AEC decomposes into benign constituents – primarily water and salt. This reduces the
environmental impact associated with sanitation processes in the brewing industry. The unique combination of disinfection efficacy, biofilm control, and environmental friendliness positions AEC as a game-changer in the sanitation of the brewery. In the
next chapter, we will delve into specific applications of AEC within the brewing industry, highlighting how this powerful agent can be harnessed to improve sanitation practices.

Chapter 4: Biofilms, Line Cleaning, and AEC

This chapter provides an in-depth look at two significant aspects of brewery sanitation: biofilm management and line cleaning. Both play critical roles in maintaining the overall quality of the brew and ensuring operational efficiency in a brewery.

Understanding Biofilms in the Brewing Industry

Biofilms are collections of microorganisms that form on various surfaces. These biofilms can develop on virtually any surface within a brewery, from the brewing vessels to the delivery lines. These microbial communities not only harbour potential beer-spoiling organisms but also provide them with a protective environment that can make them resistant to traditional sanitising methods. Hence, biofilm management is crucial to maintaining hygiene standards within a brewery.

Impact of Biofilms on Line Cleaning

Line cleaning, a standard part of brewery maintenance, can be significantly impacted by the presence of biofilms. The tenacity of these microbial communities often leads to frequent line cleaning, increased downtime, and more extensive use of chemical
sanitisers, all of which can negatively impact the brewery’s efficiency and bottom line.

The Role of AEC in Combating Biofilms and Enhancing Line Cleaning

Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) is a potent tool in the fight against biofilms. Its ability to disrupt and destroy biofilms is superior to traditional sanitising agents. Regular use of AEC in line cleaning can reduce the presence of biofilms, leading to cleaner lines and
less frequent cleaning requirements.
Furthermore, AEC can be employed in Clean-In-Place (CIP) systems, ensuring all equipment is adequately sanitised without extensive dismantling. This can lead to significant savings in time and labour, further increasing the efficiency of the brewing
process.

Chapter 5: Comprehensive Applications of AEC in Brewing

Introducing Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) into the brewing industry has opened new doors for enhanced sanitation practices. Here, we delve into the various applications of AEC in the brewing process.

Equipment Sanitisation:

Breweries house an array of equipment, all requiring regular sanitation to prevent microbial contamination. AEC can be used to sanitise everything from brewing vessels to fermentation tanks, bottling equipment, and kegs, ensuring a sterile environment for the brew.

CIP (Clean-in-Place) Systems:

CIP systems are integral to maintaining hygiene in a brewery. Incorporating AEC into these systems ensures efficient sanitation without disassembling the equipment. Its effective biofilm control further enhances the cleaning process.

Surface Disinfection in Brewing Facilities:

Breweries are vast spaces with numerous surfaces, all potential grounds for microbial
growth. Regular surface disinfection with AEC can help maintain a clean and safe
brewing environment.

Yeast Propagation:

Yeast, a crucial brewing component, needs a sterile environment for propagation. AEC can be used to sanitise the propagation system, ensuring a healthy yeast culture.

Bottle and Can Cleaning:

Before packaging, bottles and cans must be thoroughly cleaned before packaging to remove any potential contaminants. AEC is ideal for this process, offering adequate sanitation without residual off-flavours.

Spent Grain Handling:

Spent grain, a by-product of brewing, can become a breeding ground for bacteria if not managed correctly. Spraying spent grain with AEC can control bacterial growth, improving the safety of grain handling and disposal.

Waste Water Treatment:

Brewery wastewater can be treated with AEC to reduce microbial load before disposal, aligning with environmentally friendly practices.

Airborne Disinfection:

AEC can be aerosolised for space disinfection, curbing the spread of airborne microbes in the brewery

Cleaning of Transfer Lines:

AEC can clean the transfer lines that move beer from one stage to another, preventing cross-contamination.

Cooling Systems:

The water in cooling systems can be treated with AEC to prevent bacteria and algae growth, improving the system's efficiency and lifespan.

Chapter 6: Future Recommendations

With the compelling advantages and wide array of applications of Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) demonstrated, it becomes clear that this potent sanitising agent can play a transformative role in the brewing industry. This final chapter outlines future recommendations for breweries considering the integration of AEC into their sanitation practices and concludes our exploration of AEC's potential in brewing.

Spent Grain Handling:

Spent grain, a by-product of brewing, can become a breeding ground for bacteria if not managed correctly. Spraying spent grain with AEC can control bacterial growth, improving the safety of grain handling and disposal.

Recommendations for Breweries

Trialing AEC:

As with any change in operational procedure, it is recommended to initially trial AEC on a small scale. This trial phase will provide invaluable firsthand experience of AEC’s effectiveness and practicality within the brewery's unique operating environment.

Staff Training:

Breweries should ensure their staff are adequately trained on the correct usage and handling of AEC. This is crucial for maximising the benefits of AEC while ensuring its optimal and safe use.

Storage and Stability

As AEC is sensitive to heat and light, proper storage is key. Breweries should ensure AEC is stored in cool, shaded areas to maintain its effectiveness.

Environmental Considerations:

Given its benign environmental footprint, breweries can leverage AEC for their sustainability initiatives. Highlighting the shift to AEC can be part of the brewery's public relations and marketing campaigns to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

Conclusion

Introducing Anolyte Energy Cleaner (AEC) into the brewing industry signals a promising advancement in brewery sanitation. Its powerful disinfection capabilities and environmental friendliness equip the brewing industry with a potent tool to enhance their processes, product quality, and safety
While adopting, AEC necessitates initial change and investment, the long-term gains in operational efficiency, product consistency, and environmental impact represent a significant return on investment
This white paper aims to provide comprehensive insights into AEC, its benefits, applications, and potential for the brewing industry. As science and technology continue to advance, it's crucial for the brewing industry to embrace innovative solutions like AEC, which uphold the industry’s commitment to quality, tradition, and sustainability

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