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Malting and Raw Materials

Brewing Water Composition

So? Water is that Important?


Treatment, Hardness, Water, Minerals, Composition, Alkalinity


Aside from yeast, which is discussed in detail in other lectures, water is the last basic ingredient used in the production of beer.

The presentation explains the composition of water as it applies to the public supply, the typical treatment methods, and the different uses within the brewery.

With regards to brewing water composition, it is essential to closely monitor and analyze various parameters, including hardness and alkalinity.

Learning Objectives

  • Generic Water composition
  • Quantity of water used
  • Brewing water composition
  • Definition of important parameters

Lecture developed by

Richard Dubé

Richard Dubé is a French Canadian residing in the US since 1993. Richard worked in the Brewing industry for 40years. He has a B.Sc. in Microbiology- Biochemistry and earned an Associate Diploma from the Institute of Brewing, London, England. Richard first worked with Molson Breweries in Quality Control and Research. Then he occupied various positions in all Production departments while with Labatt's/Budweiser. Richard relocated to the US when offered the responsibilities of Product Development and Quality Control in several contract brewing sites under Boston Beer Company. Two years after working at bringing the BBC culture to the newly acquired Sam Adams Brewery in Cincinnati, Richard partially retired from brewing in 2000. He completed his Master in Art of Teaching and taught high school science for the next ten years. Richard actively returned to the brewing industry first as Brewmaster, then Vice-President Brewing and Quality for Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. Richard is currently the Siebel Director of Online Education and the co-founder and Brewmaster of Braxton Brewing Company.

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47 minutes

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47 minutes

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