Five big new tanks have arrived at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica. But they won't be used to make the brewery's signature Saranac brand craft beer.
Instead, the tanks will act as anaerobic digesters for the brewery's wastewater.
Special bacteria will munch on the yeast and grains left floating around. The process will get the water about 85 percent cleaner before it's discharged into the sewer system, according to CEO Nick Matt.
But the digestion process also gives off methane gas and carbon dioxide.
That methane will be used to power a generator. CEO Matt says the new system will cover up to 40 percent of the brewery's electricity needs.