Water. It’s the planets most abundant resource. It’s second on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, right behind air. Water Analysis at Lock 27 Brewing, as a professional brewer, we spend a great deal of time obsessing about our water. It makes up the bulk of our key product by volume, and we test our water contents continuously to ensure a consistent product on our taps. Every batch we make is brewed with the most up to date water profile possible. To say we’re slightly obsessive about our water may be an understatement.
Back when we were still amateur brewers, however, this wasn’t always the case. Getting access to a water report was difficult, and even when we did, we were never sure how accurate is was. Water chemistry is complicated enough without worrying about the accuracy of the data.
So… In an effort to “give back” to Dayton’s supportive and burgeoning amateur brewing community, below you will find our water sample results from July 1st, 2015. A few specifics:
- Centerville (along with many others) draws its water from the Miami Valley Aquifer, where it is treated and distributed by the City of Dayton. (Learn more from Dayton.com here)
- Not every municipality in the Miami Valley draws their water from the City of Dayton. If you’re in an area with its own water treatment, your results may vary significantly from ours.
- Our water samples are pulled directly from the water main, immediately after carbon filtration
At Lock 27, we use our water as a basic block to build upon, rather than one that we deconstruct. Our philosophy has always been that the joy in regional brewing is to find ways to utilize the natural resources available to you, rather than to try to replicate those that aren’t. Hopefully, this is a first step in helping you develop your own water philosophy. As always, Happy Home Brewing!