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Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

By John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

Water is arguably the most critical and least understood of the foundation elements in brewing beer. Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, third in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, takes the mystery out of water’s role in the brewing process. From an overview on sources, quality and geography, the book leads brewers through how to read water reports, understanding flavor contributions, and the treatment and chemistry of brewing water. A discussion of adjusting water to styles of beer, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, mash pH, brewery process water and wastewater treatment is included. By How to Brew author John Palmer and professional brewer Colin Kaminski.  Check out the Table of Contents.

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Reviews

    If you don’t get the water right, neither will you succeed with the beer. Water is a precious commodity, from its availability, through its quality, right to its departure down the drain. It demands respect and that is precisely what it receives in this book, which is packed with valuable information, calculations and best practice guidelines for brewers large and small.
    ~Charlie Bamforth, Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences
    University of California

    From the Foreword by A. J. deLange
    In addition to extracting nuggets from the literature, the authors have drawn on the knowledge of experienced brewers...and those who have developed software for doing some of the complex calculations and experiments. With such a breadth of sources, this book will either answer your brewing water questions or have you well on the way to those answers.
    ~A. J. deLange

    I have worked with water my entire engineering career and I know the intricacies of typical water treatment and utilization.  However, brewing water needs are a unique aspect that have received little research or explanation in the past.  This book assembles a wide variety of information focused on the specialized water needs in brewing and makes it accessible to all brewers.  The treatment of brewing water can be as simple or complicated as a brewer wants to make it, but any brewer will find things in this book that can make their beer better.  
    ~Martin Brungard, Water Resource Engineer/Homebrewer

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  • Author: John Palmer and Colin Kaminski
  • Pages: 300
  • Dimensions: 6x9
  • ISBN: 978-0937381991
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About the Author

John Palmer

John Palmer

How to Brew author John Palmer was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He is author of the bestseller How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time and co-author with friend and homebrewer Jamil Zainasheff for Brewing Classic Styles.…Read more


Photo of master brewer, Colin Kaminski.

Colin Kaminski

Colin Kaminski discovered brewing while briefly dating a woman with a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis. Using one of his first three batches of homebrew, Kaminski applied and was hired at Beer, Beer…Read more