HyperLogic Reverse Osmosis Industry Case Studies
HyperLogic Commercial and Industrial Reverse Osmosis systems are currently installed in over 100 different locations covering the USA and Canada. While commercial reverse osmosis has been around for several decades, only recently have new efficiency and process innovations been implemented, resulting in lower energy use and consequently lower operating costs to industry. Our design team is proud to be on the cutting edge of these new technologies, especially in relationships concerning cannabis water treatment, cannabis water regulation compliance and water conservation. However, we serve many different industries including brewery, agriculture, residential, beverage and wet walls. Whenever there is a need for custom designed commercial reverse osmosis systems to deal with site-specific water chemistry issues, HyperLogic systems and service are second to none.
The Pure Water Advantage:
Exceptional Concentrates Begin With Commercial Reverse Osmosis
Green Dot Labs has a stellar reputation for providing exceptional concentrates, attracting millions of dollars of capital investment money as a leader in the extract industry. We sat down with Sr. Cultivation Manager John Hartsoe, to discuss Green Dot’s future and as well as HyperLogic’s role in creating the perfect premium product.
What were some of the issues that you were seeing with your plants, and maybe your end products, that happened prior to integrated reverse osmosis filtration?
A lot of calcium and magnesium carbonate was making it through from our tap water to our plants. It was a constant struggle chasing the water source. We also noticed lockout issues and started spending a lot of time dealing with problems that were totally avoidable. We realized that a commercial reverse osmosis water filter was the simplest solution.
How has owning a HyperLogic Reverse Osmosis System been instrumental in ensuring your cannabis concentrates maintain the quality Green Dot is known for?
At our medical cannabis facility, the water gets switched multiple times a year from multiple different water sources. And the city is not informative on when it’s going to happen. Our baseline water was around 60 ppm coming out of the tap, and then everything switches halfway through the season and it ends up being around 250 ppm. When that happens, we must adjust everything in our nutritional regimen to end up compensating for that. As commercial reverse osmosis is the holy grail of water filtration, it was an easy choice once we realized that our source water was unreliable.
What inspired you to join the cannabis industry?
With a background in engineering, biology and project management, it seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve always been into sustainable technologies and finding efficiencies in complex workflows. Cannabis has always been a part of my life, however, entering the industry still seemed like a leap of faith at the time. I haven’t looked back since I left my previous job doing conservation work!
How did you decide to focus solely on concentrates?
While it’s nice to look at a big beautiful plant, we look at the bulk of the plant as the supporting structures for the secondary metabolites (cannabinoids and terpenes) that we’re extracting. All the benefits effects that can be gained from the plant are amplified by consuming it in a concentrated form…all while providing a healthier alternative to smoking flower. The nuances that are lost when consuming cannabis products at a high temperature are found when properly vaporizing concentrates (low temperature, proper delivery method etc).
What’s your favorite part of being in the cannabis industry?
To be honest, I really like the rapidly-evolving technology that this industry is going through. It’s been interesting to see where everyone started to where we are now, and it just seems like every time you look at a new facility, it’s got another “ooh and aah” factor to it that I’m jealous of. Everything from scanning your irises coming in through biometric systems with full security, to large-scale automation systems. Also, watching the shift from when everyone was really reluctant to copy large-scale agriculture to now, when it’s like, if you’re not doing that, then you’re way behind the curve. And we’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re just doing things that are unique to our processes and starting to involve companies who have been doing it for 50, 100 years that never thought they would be involved in the cannabis industry. It’s neat to see those families and those companies step into facilities like this and their eyes lighten up and see things that they never thought they would see. And the exposure to the genetic variety I think has also been interesting. I didn’t have the best background in cannabis genetics originally but looking at it now and working in a facility that has some of the best libraries in the entire country. That has been what excites me the most.
What are you looking forward to in the future with the business and Green Dot Labs?
After constructing our newest facility, I realized how much I like tweaking logistics, tracking construction and working with contractors. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than watching a new process come to life and fine-tuning it. Green Dot Labs has its sights on some very exciting projects for the near future and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of such a strong team.
Commercial Reverse Osmosis Brewery System:
Improving Beverage Flavor Profiles
When did you start your search for a commercial reverse osmosis system that could filter and re-mineralize your water and how did you find HyperLogic?
We were familiar with HydroLogic because we were home brewers and we knew the water filtration systems you sold through home brew shops. We did a years’ worth of pilot brewing at home twice a week. As we planned our pilot brews, I thought about how to do water preparation at the pilot level of the home brewing level, so we found the HydroLogic Systems Stealth RO.
We then went through the HydroLogic website and saw that you had an industrial/commercial reverse osmosis division and that the HyperLogic water filtration line had just come out. We knew from our schooling that the reject rates for reverse osmosis systems are usually horrible—around four parts wastewater to one part product water. Reading about the HyperLogic’s one part waste to four parts product was almost too good to be true. We thought, “Wait a minute, these guys are doing three to four parts product for one part waste.” Even though we’re next to a large source of fresh water, we’re still concerned about waste. That’s how we first reached out to HydroLogic.
In designing your reverse osmosis brewery skid, was it easy to work with HyperLogic from there on out?
Yes, very easy. You’re that group that’s at the top of our sub-supplier list. I shared my calculations with you and we had a little bit of back and forth designing out the skid. Your estimates were where we ended up. Your technical team is very knowledgeable and always available to answer any questions. You gave us exactly what you said you were going to give us. There were a couple of problems along the way that your company corrected immediately. Our entire experience with HyperLogic was everything you could ask for in a good supplier. We recommend HyperLogic to other people all the time.
Why is soft water important for your brewing process?
Chicago has some of the best water in the world because we have an enormous source of fresh water. However, we feel that because water makes up anywhere from 90-95% of beer it has a major effect on the end quality of the beer. In the case of our lager we wanted it to be nice and soft—like the beers of the Czech Republic. To do that, we had to make water that matched the profile of one of our favorite brewing cities in the world, and that’s Pilsen in the Czech Republic. We learned about various methods of water treatment in brewing school. Chicago water is a great brewing water for ales. However, to brew our lager we needed our water to match the profile of the water of Pilsen—with very light minerals and very low total dissolved solids (TDS).
How has using the chem injectors we provided changed your brewing process or made it easier?
It’s a “set and forget it” system. I know what the targets are—I can even see it. From my calculations, I know that I need to add an additional 18 PPM of calcium and 14 of magnesium sulfate. When I replenish the chem injectors, I just run the system. I make sure everything is running and I don’t have to worry about it again until I replenish again. That can be weeks.
Hagen and Bill carefully engineer their beer to ensure each one looks, tastes, and feels incredible on the palate. Their careful fine-tuning of each component translates into their brews, making each one a piece of art. Beer is 90 to 95% water, why not enhance the main ingredient?
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Commercial Reverse Osmosis and Recirculation:
Increasing Yields While Conserving Water
Holy City Farms started growing tomatoes with great success in fall of 2013. However, during the first year, they began seeing signs of toxicity as well as smaller yields. Their method of irrigation recirculates water and nutrients, so if an element is unused by the plant, it will build up over time. Holy City identified chloride and sodium (chloride: 61 ppm; sodium: 93 ppm) as doing just that; high levels of both inhibit growth by restricting the uptake of essential nutrients.
Owner and head grower Shawn Ransford found himself having to flush and dump the recirculation tank more frequently, which is less than ideal given the inconsistent nutrient profile for the plant, lost nutrients, and negative environmental impact. Not to mention, it was eating up time that should have been spent on managing other aspects of the business. If he wanted to continue the recirculation process, he would need to make sure the chloride and sodium levels stayed in check without the labor intensiveness of frequent “flush and dump”.After you realized you needed some kind of commercial reverse osmosis system, what happened next?
“It was at that point I got in contact with Rich over at HyperLogic. I considered an off the shelf unit, but wanted feedback given the unique makeup of our well water. Rich quickly responded with answers over email and phone, sized a system according to my water report, and sent it out on a truck almost immediately.”What were the deciding factors that led to the purchase of a HyperLogic Commercial Reverse Osmosis System?
“I had seen other commercial reverse osmosis systems in operation and the quality of the HyperLogic unit was far higher. Installation was a breeze and I was up and running almost immediately. The HyperLogic stripped out the elements and provided clean reverse osmosis water… next to no chloride or sodium. Within a short period of time, I no longer had increasing levels of either in my system. Success!”When is comes to parts and service, how has your experience been with HyperLogic?
“Over time, I have had need of new filters and some feedback for water related issues. Hyperlogic has always been responsive and had very competitive pricing. I would highly recommend choosing their systems for your operation as well!”
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