WATER CHEMISTRY

If you want to make significantly better beer, you need to focus on water chemistry.

Beer is 90% to 95% water. 

  • The first thing you need to do before you start messing with water chemistry is to get a base mineral profile of the water you’ll use to brew your beer.
  • You have three options to learn the mineral profile of your brewing water:
  • 1) Ask your supplier for a report
  • 2) Get it tested by a water testing company
  • 3) Buy a kit and test it yourself
  • You will need numbers for the percentage of sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfate, chloride, bicarbonate, and total alkalinity. It's also important to find out if your water supplier uses chlorine or chloramines for disinfection of the water.
  • In order to use any water for brewing, there is a steadfast rule - the water must be chlorine & chloramine free

Here are some great articles to get you started

Brewing Water

Water adjustment can make the difference between a good beer and a great beer.
BY JOHN PALMER

Beginner’s Guide to Brewing Water 

Getting To Know Your Brewing Water
BREW CABIN

Brewing Water Basics – Part 1

Where to Start With Brewing Water
BREWER'S FRIEND

Brewing Water Adjustments 

Obtaining & Reading A Water Report
BREW YOUR OWN MAGAZINE

Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements)

John Palmer
Written by the author of "How to Brew", Water is the most complete book on the subject of brewing water. Available in paperback from the Brew Shop or as a Kindle on Amazon

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