The Best Management Practice (BMP) for Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing was developed to protect the public health and to prevent the degradation of the sanitary sewerage system. A concern involving the manufacturing of alcohol beverages is the pH of the wastewater that can be produced. pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of water soluble substances. A neutral pH, such as that of pure water, is 7.0 standard units (s.u.). A pH below 7.0 s.u. is considered acidic, while a pH above 7.0 s.u. is considered basic. Acidic wastewater can have negative effects on the wastewater collection system and the wastewater treatment process. Acidic wastewater can produce sulfuric acid which can degrade the sewer system causing corrosion, failures, and/or collapsing of the sewer pipes and pump stations. These issues can lead to an uncontrolled release of wastewater and a disruption of service.

Manufacturing alcoholic beverages may require the use of acidic and/or caustic cleaners. Due to the frequent use of the cleaning chemicals, drastic changes can happen to the pH of the wastewater. Thus, the Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing BMP contains requirements for documenting and measuring the pH of any wastewater discharged from an alcohol beverage manufacturer. Below you will find all of the necessary forms required under the Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing BMP which includes a pH discharge log, a pH calibration log (if using an electronic pH meter), the hazardous waste notification form, and other reference documents.

Below you will find necessary forms required under the Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing BMP:
pH Meter Calibration Log
pH Discharge Log
Hazardous Waste Requirements
Hazardous Waste Notification Form
ATF Brewer Form

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