Water: Beer's primary ingredient

Water is good for you, and beer is made of mostly water

Water comprises more than 90% of beer. In the past, water supplies from various parts of the world contributed different characteristics to beer. For example, Dublin has hard water well suited to making stout, while Pilzen has soft water well suited to making pale lager, such as Pilsner Urquell. The waters of Burton in England contain gypsum, which benefits making pale ale to such a degree that brewers of pale ales will add gypsum to the local water. Today, almost any water can be chemically adjusted to create the exact style of beer desired, although pure water supplies are still prized greatly.

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