Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers
by: John Palmer & Colin Kaminski
If you are looking to wade through the waters and want an in-depth technical understanding of how and why water is used and affects your beer, Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers is the best resource. This book covers in-depth mash chemistry by explaining its water chemistry, minerals and alkalinity, and calculations. It helps you understand the importance of a water report and provides you with the knowledge to understand your report and how it will affect your recipes and homebrew. The book covers some basic math and chemistry to help you understand the topics covers, and provides helpful examples and illustrations.
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. The book leads brewers through the chemistry and treatment of brewing water, from an overview of water sources, to adjusting water for different beer styles, and different brewery processes, to wastewater treatment. The discussions include how to read water reports, understanding flavor contributions, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, and mash pH.