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Water Chemistry: Simple Adjustments for Great-Tasting Beer

By Martin Brumgard

“If your water tastes good, you can brew with it” is an age-old axiom in brewing, but it’s not necessarily true. Good brewers shouldn’t ignore their brewing water, even if it tastes good. About the only true aspect of the saying is the reverse: “if your water tastes bad, you can’t brew with it.”

Bad-tasting water can be an obvious problem for brewing. Many water problems can affect the resulting beer. Table 1 presents some common water problems and their signature characteristics.

Avoiding water with those contaminants or treating water to correct them should be a brewer’s goal. However, an absence of these obvious problems does not mean that your water is ideal for brewing. Dissolved ions in water can affect brewing performance and beer taste. Proper levels of these ions in brewing water can improve beer flavor. Many other factors are important to understand in order to ensure you have good brewing water.

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In some places of the world, tap water can be ideal for certain styles of beer. However, that water may not be ideal for other styles. That is one reason why some areas of the world are known for certain beer styles, as those styles evolved to suit the ingredients and water found in those areas.


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Maxus Elite Digital Scale – 200 Gram Capacity x .01 Gram Resolution – $8.49, best price + free prime ship

Precision Mini Scale 200 x 0.01g - MAXUS ELITE Digital Jewelry Scale Gram Scale Multifuction Grain Arrow Scale Archery Scale backed by a 10-Year Manufacturer Warranty

MAXUS  Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Resolution

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  • 10 Year Limited Warranty, Features Smart-Off (TM) , foolproof One-Step-Calibration (TM) Technology and Overload Protection, Batteries Included
  • Capacity x Readability: 200g x 0.01g / 7.054oz x 0.001oz / 3086gn x 0.2gn / 1000ct x 0.05ct / 6.43ozt x 0.001ozt / 128.60dwt x 0.01dwt
  • Units of Measure include: Grams, Ounces, Troy Ounces, Pennyweights, Carats, Grains
  • Ships pre-calibrated; can be easily calibrated with a 100g calibration weight (sold separately)
  • Durable and Compact: Great for Kitchen Nutrition Ingredients Food Herbs Brushed Stainless Steel Platform Backlit LCD Display Weighing Medicines Tobacco Diamond Gemstone Gems Coins Money

 

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

What I like about this scale… I like that this has the tare function and that it has a 1/100th gram resolution.  That means you should be able to use it for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (200 grams is about 7 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.

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3 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System [Brewing Water] – $49.99 + free shipping

3-Stage Portable Aquarium-Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System-100GPD

3-Stage Portable Aquarium-Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System-100GPD

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  • HIGH EFFICIENT FILTRATION-3-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System with NSF certificated Thin-film composite RO membrane filters down to 0.0001 micron,Reduce 99% contaminant ,including Heavy Metal, Arsenic, Lead ,Mercury ,Fluoride,Hardness,Cadmium,Chlorine,Taste,Odor,Asbestos, Lead,and more 1000+ contaminants.
  • HIGH QUALITY– all tube, fittings,Ro membrane complies with NSF/ANSI standard 58 to provide healthy, safe, and pure water.
  • EASY&CONVENIENT-Streamlined DIY filter installation; fits most under sink cabinets, the ratio of pure water and waste water is 1:2.
  • Tankless and without faucet,but add-On Drinking Water Kit with 2.8 Gallon Tank available, Amazon asin :B07D9JKSLJ or B07DBZN79S.

 

Using RO/Reverse Osmosis water allows you to build your brewing water profile from the ground up, creating exactly the profile you’re looking for.

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Also: Hands On: 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter by Reverse Osmosis Revolution – Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski


Smart Weigh High Precision Digital Milligram Scale [.001 x 20 grams]

Smart Weigh High Precision Digital Milligram Jewelry Scale, 20 x 0.001g, Calibration Weights and Tweezers Included.

 

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  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL- Scale is able to weigh in various measurements, making it perfect for all your weighing needs! Weighs in g, oz., ct., ozt., dwt and gn. Whether you are weighing gold, powder, medication or anything for cooking this scale has the right measurements for you!
  • TARE FUNCTION- Scale comes with a tare function for items that are difficult to weigh and need to be placed in a container or on one of the weighing pans. Place your container or pan on the scale, press the tare function and then put your items in the container/pan.
  • ACCURATE- Utilizes high precision sensor system to get an accurate reading every time! This scale has a thousandth of a gram accuracy (0.001g) so it is extremely precise. This accuracy takes the guesswork out of measuring finer items, so you can just place the items on the scale and know that your reading is the most accurate it can be with this top of the line scale!
  • CALIBRATION WEIGHTS INCLUDED – Although your Smart Weigh scale will arrive calibrated, we have included two Smart Weigh 10g calibration weights. Should you notice any inaccuracies in your scale throughout your time using it, simply use these weights and follow the directions to re-calibrate it so you can continue to use your scale accurately!

 

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

With resolution down to the thousandth of a gram, this would be a candidate for use with both hops and water salts.  Note that this has a relatively small capacity of 20 grams (about .7 ounces).

Smart Weigh High Precision Digital Milligram Jewelry Scale, 20 x 0.001g, Calibration Weights and Tweezers Included – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Chlorine Test Strips – $1.09 at William’s Brewing

Chlorine Test Strips

Chlorine Test Strips via William’s Brewing


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Perfect for quickly testing the effectiveness of your dilute Brewer’s Edge sanitizing solution (solutions can lose chlorine rapidly with heavy use). Includes 100 paper test strips, and a color comparison chart that reads 10,50,100, and 200 PPM chlorine. It takes a 5 minute soak at 200 PPM chlorine to effectively sanitize brewing equipment.


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Gilmour Marine 50′ Drinking Water Hose [Brewing Water]

Gilmour Marine and Recreation Drinking Water Safe 1/2 Inch X 50 Feet

Gilmour Marine and Recreation Drinking Water Safe 1/2 Inch X 50 Feet

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  • Size: 1/2 Inch X 50
  • Feet Drinking water safe, lead, bpa and phthalate free. Nsf tested and certified
  • 5-layer construction resists kinks and abrasions with protective cover that will not mar surfaces
  • Ergonomic couplings for easy connecting and disconnecting

 

Use to… collect water for brew day and more.

Gilmour Marine and Recreation Drinking Water Safe 1/2 Inch X 50 Feet – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: 5 Stage RO Filter [Review] | Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

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16 in 1 Drinking Water Test Kit

16 in 1 Drinking Water Test Kit - Professional Hardness Testing Kits, Tap and Well Water Test Strips with Hardness, PH, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Copper, Chlorine, Chromium/Cr, Cyanuric Acid

16 in 1 Water Test Strips

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  • ✔[ 16 IN 1 WATER TEST KIT] Hofun water test strips is equipped with 16 major function, including: PH, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Copper, Total Alkalinity, Hardness, Nitrite, Nitrate,Bromine, Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine , Fluride, Chromium/Cr,Carbonate Root,Cyanuric acid , covers main influencing factors which pollute your swimming pool ,hot tub or drinking water quality.
  • ✔[ EXTRA ACCESSORIE & EASY OPERATION ] Hofun spa test kit is sweet enough to equip with dropper & test tube, which would avoid water pollution and make a convenient operation.
  • ✔[ WIDE USAGE WATER TEST KIT ] Hofun 16 in 1 water test strips can be applied to a wide range of water inspection, like drinking water, pool, hot tub, spa, pond, aquarium, industrial waste water,etc.
  • ✔[ THE MOST ACCURATE & SCIENTIFIC WATER TEST STRIPS] Hofun specializes in testing & measuring area for years and adopts the most reliable strips on our products to assure the accuracy of testing water quality.
  • ✔[ PERFECT VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY ] – Hofun water test kit is absolutely economic,which will last 6 months if tested 2 times per week.It’s also time-saving due to convenient operation.

 

Also Consider: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

16 in 1 Drinking Water Test Kit – Professional Hardness Testing Kits, Tap and Well Water Test Strips with Hardness, PH, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Copper, Chlorine, Chromium/Cr, Cyanuric Acid – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Digital Total Dissolved Solids [TDS] Meter – check brewing water and filter performance

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, Lxuemlu Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More (LX-TDS1)

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, Lxuemlu Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More (LX-TDS1)

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  • TDS Range: 0-9990 ppm ± 2%
  • EC Range: 0-9990 μs/cm ± 2%
  • Temperature Range: 32.0-122.0°F
  • Hold Function: lock and record the readings
  • Auto-off Function: extended battery life

 

TDS meters can are helpful for brewing if you’re using a RO filter or if you purchase RO (reverse osmosis) water for brewing.  If you’re using an RO filter a TDS meter tells you how effective your filter is and can help you know if your filters need to be replaced.  If you buy RO water, a TDS meter can let you know what you’re getting as some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

RO water can be built up to reflect the exact water profile you’re looking for.  See: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, Lxuemlu Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More (LX-TDS1)


Also: Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed 0PPM postfilter, made in USA – [Review]


Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

american weigh aws100 review

Why a Digital Gram Scale for Homebrewing?

Homebrewers are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like grain – and smaller amounts of things – like hops and water salts.  Although weighing both types of things involve a scale, they are really wildly different activities.

An accurate gram scale is great for weighing smaller amounts of things like hops, water salts and smaller amounts of other ingreidents.

Features to Look for in a Homebrewing Gram Scale

  • Digital readout – most scales are digital now, so this one should not be a problem
  • The Tare Feature – Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.
  • Precision – Look for a minimum of 1/10th gram precision (Example – 1.1 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh hops.  Look for a minimum of 1/100th gram precision (Example. 1.11 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh water salts.
  • Capacity – Higher precision and accuracy generally equate to lower capacity.  That’s okay, just understand what capacity you’re buying.  100 grams = about 3.52 ounces.

Hands on Review: American Weigh Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale

This scale has 1/100th gram resolution making it great for accurately weighing hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts.  It has a 100 gram (3.52 ounce) capacity.

cln_img_6812The front of the box.  Reads: Hundredth of a gram accuracy (0.01 g), 100g Maximum Capacity, Flip-Open Protective Cover, Includes two AAA, 10 Year Warranty.


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Camco 50′ NSF Certified Drinking Water Hose

Camco 50' 22793 Tastepure Freshwater Hose-5/8 x 50'

50′ Drinking Water Hose by Camco

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  • Drinking water safe hose: great for camping, RVing, gardening, washing your vehicle, watering livestock and more
  • NSF certified: made with nsf certified hose; reinforced for maximum kink resistance; compliant with all federal and state level low lead laws: CSA low lead content certified to NSF/ANSI 372
  • Size: Hose measures 50 feet long x 5/8 inches inner diameter
  • Compatibility: The ends are compatible with most standard garden hose connections and the female end is equipped with an easy grip connector for effortless connecting
  • Quality construction: Made of pvc and is bpa and Phthalate free; Hose is UV stabilized to last a long time

 

You know how hose water usually tastes like… hose? 🙂  Well, whatever that is ends up in your beer.  This hose is made specifically for drinking water.  That’s a good thing for your homebrew.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Camco 50′ 22793 Tastepure Freshwater Hose-5/8 x 50′ – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions. prod:B003E1O9ZE