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REFUSE OF FERMENTATION BRINES IN THE CUCUMBER PICKLING INDUSTRY
McFeeters, R., W. Coon, M. Palnitkar, M. Velting, AND N. Fehringer. REFUSE OF FERMENTATION BRINES IN THE CUCUMBER PICKLING INDUSTRY. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/2-78/207 (NTIS PB288585), 1978.
The project evaluated on a commercial scale the technological and economic feasibility of recycling spent cucumber fermentation brine. Two brine treatment procedures, heat treatment and chemical treatment, were used. The results showed that brine recycling was practical on a commercial scale. Either brine treatment procedure resulted in salt stock which were equivalent in quality to control cucumbers. Studies were conducted to determine the adequacy of the brine treatment procedures employed. An economic evaluation of the recycling procedures showed a small net savings for the heat treatment procedure and a small net cost for chemical treatment. Selection of the process for a particular plant will depend upon the local conditions.