Straight from the Tap

From Great Water Comes Great Beer

08/16/2018

After seeing the list of 30 participants in the initial Cleveland Brewery Passport program launched on July 2, some may wonder why there are so many brewpubs popping up in the #CLE.

At Cleveland Water, we know the secret: great water makes great beer. Or as the American Water Works Association says: No water, no beer. 

We make great water. As the 9th largest public water system in the United States, our “watermasters” (a.k.a. treatment plant operators and water quality staff) are really good at creating clean and safe drinking water that is chemically and physically consistent from day to day. When it comes to the EPA’s list of possible chemicals that could be in water, Cleveland Water’s test results for 2017 are almost all non-detects

We chatted with a few Cleveland brewmasters who said keeping track of water parameters like hardness (dissolved calcium and magnesium content), pH, chloride, sulfates, and alkalinity, are all important for brewing good beer. But the most important quality, they say, is the consistency.

Consistently high-quality water means the recipe brewmasters used to create a great tasting batch of beer will work to create the same tasty beer today, tomorrow and next year.

Water accounts for 90 to 95% of a typical glass of beer. While each brewery and each recipe differs in the amount of water used, generally it takes around 6.5 barrels of water to make 1 barrel of beer. Or in water terms, 775 liters of water make 119 liters of beer. Or in customers’ terms, “Oh who cares. Pour me a pint and make it a tall.”

To that end, here at Cleveland Water we will keep making a product that is pleasing to your palate and keep delivering that same water to at least 26 breweries and any additional ones that spring up in our 640 square mile service area.

If you want to learn more about how we make our great tasting water, check out our water treatment video and mark your calendar now to meet our water masters during our annual open house held on the second Saturday in May during Drinking Water Week.

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