Step 1: Prepare Water
To begin brewing a batch of beer, water must be prepared. Water is the foundation for beer.
Brewing water has multiple properties to consider during this step. They can be categorized as pH, alkalinity, hardness, minerals, and microorganisms. Simple, natural treatments exist to adjust each property. Traditionally, each beer style has its own quintessential water properties, so treatments differ for each brewing session.
This stage ends by heating the water to a temperature, where the next section takes place.