Water. It’s not only in that glass of water that you just poured from your faucet but it’s also the primary ingredient in many of your favorite drinks, including your beer. Water makes up 90- 95% of the beer you are drinking. What’s in your water is in your beer and if you don’t know what’s in your water…..well then you don’t know what’s in your beer. Local breweries realize this and some of them are choosing to up their brewing game by choosing Culligan Water.
It’s a fact. Better water makes a better beer.
But why does it matter and what makes the difference? First of all, using unfiltered water for brewing leaves your beer subject to contaminants that are not only bad for your health but can also alter the flavor of your beer with the off taste of chlorine and other chemicals. Removing contaminants and making sure that the water in your beer is pure is only part of what makes Culligan Water the best solution for brewers everywhere. With Culligan reverse osmosis water, you start with a completely basic product, like a blank piece of paper. Without preexisting minerals or nutrients you can build the water up to the profiles you need for ideal brewing. You can create the water you need.
With unknown mineral concentrations in tap water, you simply don’t know what is affecting the brewing process. Because brewing is a very sensitive and specific process, variables such as water pH levels and alkalinity, sulfate, chloride, calcium, magnesium and sodium content can create an entirely different flavor profile based on their ratios. For example, with more chloride you will have a malty and sweeter beer as opposed to more sulfate which will give you a dry, bitter beer with a more “hoppy” taste. Calcium affects the pH of your water which contributes to the clarity and stability of the beer. Too much magnesium will create a bitter final beer. Carbonate and bicarbonate affect the alkalinity of water. If your brewing water is too low in alkaline levels, you will have a mash that is too acidic. But alkaline levels that are too high, will be insufficient for brewing. Ideal levels of carbonate and bicarbonate vary depending on the type of beer. Pale ales will need less, while darker beers will need more. Sodium affects the way the mouthfeel of beer and too much sodium can leave a beer with a metallic taste, which is not what anyone is looking for in a beer.
With brewing being such a complex chemistry, it makes sense that brewers need full control of the mineral profiles of the water they are using. Culligan Water reverse osmosis water makes that possible.
Reverse osmosis water takes the guesswork out of brewing, allowing for brewers to add the exact amounts of brewing salts and minerals to create the handcrafted beers they are known for. Each beer has its own unique qualities calling for a unique water profile. Take an Irish Red for example. Irish beer is crafted by mimicking the water from Ireland. The water used in beer is so important that to recreate a place’s signature beer, you will need to adjust the water to what it’s like where it was originally created.
Culligan Industrial of Kansas City provides industries such as breweries with industrial water filtration systems to help brewers handcraft their beers with precision and excellence. Our local specialists will come to your business and assess your specific industrial water filtration needs, including brewery water filtration systems, and help you come up with a customized solution. We include onsite water analysis to determine exactly what solution is needed for your water requirements. Culligan offers an individualized approach for your unique brewing needs and is here to make sure you are getting the best water possible to create high-quality, handcrafted beer.
It’s the Culligan difference and you can taste it. Get started brewing better today with Culligan Water.