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If you’re a WaterOne customer who enjoys homebrewing, you’re in luck.  With the help of the Johnson County Brewing Society, we’ve put together information about water quality that may be of interest to you and your passion for making beer.

How water affects beer

From stouts to pilsners, the malted grain in different types of beer will benefit from various water profiles.  In addition to removing chloramines and chlorine from water, many brewers like to modify their water with salts and acids in order to achieve a certain mash pH or to enhance certain flavors.  Hardness and alkalinity affect mash pH and are largely influenced by the amount of calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate in water.  The primary "flavor ions" are sodium, chloride, and sulfate.  

The chart below contains recent data about the amount of these ions in WaterOne’s tap water, and may serve as a useful starting point if you plan on modifying your water profile for a particular brew.  For tools to help you calculate and adjust your water for different beer types, refer to the resources listed below.

FEDERAL LEVEL

WATERONE AVERAGES

RANGE (LOW TO HIGH)

Chloride (Cl-)

250 ppm

49 ppm

23 ppm – 94 ppm

Sulfate (SO42-)

250 ppm

106 ppm

56 ppm – 172 ppm

Calcium (Ca)

n/a

39 ppm

24 ppm – 46 ppm

Potassium (K+)

100 ppm

7.5 ppm

5.1 ppm – 10 ppm

Sodium (Na+)

100 ppm

71 ppm

60 ppm – 84 ppm

Magnesium (Mg2+ )

150 ppm (as CaCO3)

34 ppm

24 ppm – 40 ppm

Alkalinity (bicarbonate)

300 ppm (as CaCO3)

35 ppm

26 ppm - 45 ppm

Alkalinity (carbonate)

300 ppm (as CaCO3)

32 ppm

22 ppm - 49 ppm

pH

8.5 pH units

9.5 pH units

9.4 – 9.7 pH units


Results for 4th Quarter 2016. Refer to WaterOne’s 2016 Annual Water Quality Report for additional info.

WaterOne’s Consistent Quality

Our award-winning treatment process ensures that our tap water is pure and consistent.  Our water constantly undergoes rigorous quality control checks, which helps ensure that seasonal variance is marginal.  Fluctuations that do occur are usually caused by changes in our source water from the Kansas and Missouri rivers, such as large rain events that can reduce mineral content.

See WaterOne’s Annual Water Quality Report

Resources for Homebrewers

Bru’n Water Online. By Martin Brungard. In-depth articles and tools for homebrewers on how to adjust their water profile.

Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements Series).  By John Palmer and Colin Kaminski.  A comprehensive reference about how water affects brewing chemistry. 

Johnson County Brewing Society.  Social and educational organization for local homebrewing enthusiasts. 

American Homebrewers Association.  National organization that promotes homebrewing in the United States.

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