Beer styles range from pale straw yellow pilsners to jet black stouts and everything in between… the water you will use for each one of these beers will be significantly different…

The best water for pilsners will often be the worst water for stouts and vice versa…

To figure out if you are using the best water for your beer, you must learn how to read your city’s water report… two things you are looking for specifically is the water hardness and the alkalinity of your water…

Calcium and magnesium are two of the main minerals that cause hardness in your water… calcium is very important for yeast during fermentation and you want to make sure your water has at least a 50 ppm concentration… this is true for both pale and dark beers…

Alkalinity is the one thing you will have to adjust to brew pale or dark beers…

Take Czech pilsners for example… the best water for this style of beer is soft water lacking alkalinity. When brewers attempt to use alkaline water for this style of beer, they tend to raise the pH of their beers and extract astringent flavors from the husks of the grains…

If you were to be brewing a Stout, using alkaline water would be better. Brewers that attempt to brew this style of beer with soft water will end up with a pH too low that will affect conversion during the mash…

Beer styles in between will vary in terms of how soft or how much alkalinity the water must be…

You can use distilled water and build up the hardness and alkalinity of the water to brew the style of beer… if you are using water from a well, bottled water or city water, you must know how hard and how much alkalinity you have to start with so you know what to add or take out and adjust your water to brew

The rule of thumb is, pale beers will use less alkaline water and darker beers will need more alkaline water…

This is just one part of the equation, you must also learn about minerals that flavor up your beer…


    1 Response to "Best Water For Beer"

    • Eva Facebook

      Thank God! At last somebody has come up with a post, that talks about the different kinds of water required to produce beer! This is an important post for people who are just starting out to brew beers.

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