Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #237

John Palmer joins me this week to discuss adjusting your water for beer brewing including mash pH and also improving the flavor of your beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:52)

  • This week I welcome back John Palmer. John is the author of the top selling book How to Brew as well as Water and Brewing Classic Styles (full disclosure: Amazon affiliate links used for books). John joins me this week to talk about water in beer.
  • We start with a short discussion of some of the projects John has been working on recently.
  • John starts with a discussion on ground and surface water sources.
  • We talk about some of the ways to test your local water profile.
  • John explains why you want to get your water profile right including for mash pH and also for seasoning the flavor of the beer.
  • We talk about the “brew cube” which is in John’s latest How to Brew book and john explains the water adjustment options.
  • We discuss mineral structure and how it impacts beer.
  • John discusses alternate approaches for adjusting water including targeting a particular city or beer style.
  • We talk about Magnesium and its role in fermentation.
  • John gives us his closing thoughts on water.


Thanks to John Palmer for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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1 thought on “Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #237”

  1. I’m so impressed learning everytime I tune to your invited guest and the depth of their knowledge in this interesting science/art of the beer industry. Thank you .

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