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Water Treatment for Beer & Brewing

Water Treatment for
Craft Beer Brewing
A wise craft beer brewer said. "If the water tastes good, the beer will taste good".
four beer pints
Better Beer Brewing Starts With Better Water
  • Hops, barley, malt and yeast seem to get all the attention, but water is the main ingredient in beer. The importance of water to beer quality cannot be over-estimated.
  • Different styles of beers call for different types of water.
  • Stouts require a very different kind of water than the IPAs.
  • There are brewing salts that help brewers find that perfect match and maintain consistency in their water, which means consistency in the quality and taste of the beer.

US Water does not brew beer… although we have been known to hoist a few, but the best craft brewers often start with the highest purity water and add back certain ions depending upon the type of beer they are brewing.

US Water specializes in providing high-purity water for all brewing applications, home brewers, small brewers, micro-breweries, craft brewers and most any application that uses from 150 to 20,000 gallons per day. If you need over 20,000 Gallons per Day, we still engineer and design such systems.

Just contact us at support@uswatersystems.com or call us at 800-608-8792

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Carbon Filtration System
Carbon Filtration Removes Chlorine, herbicides, chemicals, pesticides, tastes and odors. Our special blend is also extremely effective on chloramine as well.
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Sediment Filtration System
Sediment Filtration Removes solids and sediment smaller than the eye can see to add clarity, while protecting any downstream equipment.
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Beer Brewing Reverse Osmosis System
Reverse Osmosis RO removes the widest spectrum of contaminants of any water treatment process, including total dissolves solids.
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Disinfection System
Disinfection While foreign bacteria, virus or cysts are undesirable in any application, purity is something consumers demand.
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Hardness Map

More Info on Water for

Beer Brewing

The water across the country varies greatly and the water will have a direct affect on the taste of the beer. Hardness, which is composed of calcium and magnesium ions has to be considered. Many brewers like the water to contain at least 50 mg/l of Calcium, but too much can be detrimental to the flavors because it lowers the pH of the mash. Similarly, a little Magnesium is good, but too much can create a bitter taste. 10 to 25 mg/l of manganese is most desirable.

Sodium can also be a contaminant that can create a metallic taste, which is why smart brewers never use softened water. It’s almost always a good idea to keep sodium levels below 50 mg/l. Additionally, Carbonate and Bicarbonate are desirable at certain levels and detrimental at higher levels. Darker beers with high acidity sometimes have up to 300 mg/l of carbonate, while IPA’s may taste best at under 40 mg/l.

Chloride is another two-edged sword – small amounts can give the beer a complex and full taste, but too much can be detrimental. Sulfates can also be good or bad depending upon the type of beer you are brewing. Sulfates can actually improve flavors of beers that are on the “hoppy” side.

Iron, Sulfur and Manganese are almost never good when it comes to brewing beer. If you have any of the three in the water, they should be removed by oxidation and filtration. Chlorine and Chloramine are never desirable for brewing beer. They prevent the yeast from doing it’s job, especially chloramine which is created by adding ammonia to chlorine. It cannot be boiled out of the water and must be removed by prolonged contact with carbon and catalytic carbon.

It should go without saying that Sediment, Solids, Sand and Silt are never desirable in water which is used for craft beer brewing. You don’t want frogs and fish in your beer and you certainly don’t want to chew it! Finally, Bacteria, Cysts and Virus may not be an aesthetic problem, but they have no place in the water used for craft beer brewing… for obvious reasons.

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What's a Craft Brewer To Do?

It’s really not too difficult. At the minimum, you want to start with filtration, down to five (5) microns, followed by carbon filtration and finally some sort of disinfection. How you do this, depends upon how much water you use at a time.

A small (as in extremely small) brewer may want to use something like this:

US Water Craftmaster Triple Filtration System • Stage 1 5 Micron Pre-Filter
• Stage 2 Carbon Block Filter for Chlorine
• Stage 3 Carbon Block filter for Chloramine
This is best for flow rates of 2-3 gallon per minute – ideal for beer hobbyist
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Small Commercial Brewery • Stage 1 5 Micron Pre-Filter
• Stage 2 Backwashing Carbon Filter for Chlorine and Chloramine
• Stage 3 Disrupter Filter for Lead, Bacteria, Cysts, Virus and Chromium 6
You can also use Ultraviolet or Quantum Disinfection. This is best for flow rates of 6-8 gallons per minute.
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Large Commercial Craft Brewery • Stage 1 5 Micron Pre-Filter
• Stage 2 Backwashing Carbon Filter for Chlorine and Chloramine
• Stage 3 Disrupter Filter for Lead, Bacteria, Cysts, Virus and Chromium 6.
You can also use Ultraviolet or Quantum Disinfection. This is best for flow rates of 15-20 gallons per minute.
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