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Liquid Gold: The Role of Water Sources in Craft Beer Flavours

Hello again, ale aficionados and beer beginners! As we journey further into the "Craft Beer Universe", let's pour ourselves into a topic often overlooked but undeniably essential: the influence of Water Sources in Craft Beer.

Water, often dubbed the 'lifeblood' of beer, makes up a significant portion of every brew. But did you know that the source and composition of this water can dramatically alter the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel of the beer?

Historically, the world's most renowned beer regions became famous partly because of their unique water profiles. The soft waters of Pilsen gave birth to the crisp and refreshing Pilsners, while the hard, mineral-rich waters of Burton-upon-Trent in England led to the rise of the robust and hop-forward Burton Pale Ales.

Modern craft brewers are acutely aware of the impact of water on their brews. Some go to great lengths to either source the perfect natural water or adjust their water profiles to mimic those of famous brewing regions. This manipulation of water minerals and pH levels allows brewers to accentuate hop bitterness, enhance malt sweetness, or achieve a balanced profile, depending on the beer style they're crafting.

But it's not just about mimicking traditional profiles. Innovative brewers experiment with different water sources, from mountain springs to desalinated ocean water, to create unique and memorable brews. These experiments further highlight the importance of water in defining the character of a beer.

So, next time you're sipping on your favourite craft beer, take a moment to ponder the water that went into it. Behind every great beer is a source of water that played a pivotal role in shaping its flavour profile.

Join us next time as we continue our journey, "Exploring the Craft Beer Universe", diving deeper into the elements that make our beloved brews so special. Until then, raise a glass to the unsung hero of the beer world: water!


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