This paper reports on the potential for water reuse in the malting sector. Core unit of a treatment train to close the water loop was a membrane bioreactor (MBR). We compared three different commercial submerged membranes for their fouling potential in this application and related this to the presence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In a second step, we subjected MBR permeate to reverse osmosis and several (advanced) oxidation processes to evaluate the water quality achieved. Finally we performed a set of water reuse tests with waters obtained through different scenarios. The optimal scenario was then tested in a closed water loop over several malting cycles at pilot scale and the effect on water and malt quality was investigated.

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