I am participating in the AHA Big Brew day and the beer we'll be making is their English IPA part of this recipe requires modifying my water to be like Burton on the Trent water.

Calcium (Ca) - 268 ppm
Magnesium (Mg) - 62 ppm
Sodium (Na) - 30 ppm
Sulfate (SO4) - 638 ppm
Chloride (Cl) - 36 ppm
biCarbonate (HCO3) - 141 ppm
pH - 8.33

I've looked up my water (Winnipeg, MB [PDF]) and it has Calcium (Ca) - 21.4 ppm
Magnesium (Mg) - 6 ppm
Sodium (Na) - 2 ppm
Sulfate (SO4) - ??? ppm
Chloride (Cl) - 5? ppm
biCarbonate (HCO3) - ??? ppm
pH - 7.48

I've never done this before, and I sucked at high school chemistry so I'm slightly nervous about modifying my water, but I'd love to start trying it.

So, how do I burtonize my water? What are the required materials? How do I determine how much/little to add? Anything else I should know?

  • I have wondered the same thing. Great Q. and great link Denny.
    – Poshpaws
    Jun 28, 2011 at 15:25

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The easy way is to download Martin Brungard's excellent brewing water software "Bru'n Water" and follow the steps for Burton water in it.

  • Holy cow, that's an awesome find - thanks much.
    – Herb
    Mar 28, 2011 at 17:56
  • at first glance that looks incredible. I'll check it out more throughly tonight Mar 28, 2011 at 20:21
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    Martin is a professional water engineer and has done work with breweries. The man knows his water.
    – Denny Conn
    Mar 30, 2011 at 20:34

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