In this episode, we started a discussion of one of brewing’s more complex subjects: water profiles and adjustments. All brewers know that water is a main ingredient in brewing, but many don’t know just how important water can be to your end results. It can be as simple as bad unfiltered water leading to bad beer with an extract or as complicated as modifying sulfate and bicarbonate additions to distilled water to make a Helles like they would in Munich with an all grain brew.

Basically, water is as integral to making better beer as any other ingredient in the process. We’ll start easy here with a discussion of our own local profiles which we recently sent to Ward Laboratories, Inc. for a detailed analysis. Ward Labs is a dedicated agricultural testing laboratory that now offers water analysis specific to brewing through a sample kit for a little less than $30. So be sure to check out the Brewers Services tab on for more information on testing your own water supply. We'd definitely like to thank them for their contribution to our show!

So, in future episodes we plan to hit on more specific water adjustments because in this one we mostly wade into the general concept of what does what and why. 

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