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Research into using ESIL Treated Water in Craft Beer

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Written by Jeff Chcoski of Niagra Brew Club in St Catharines.

NB In this report, Jeff refers to Ricochet Water, which is a division of ESIL Water Treatment.

March 25, 2014

To Whom it May Concern,

My name is Jeff Chcoski and I am the owner/operator of the Niagara Brew Club in St. Catharines, a brew on premise facility that specializes in craft beers. Niagara Brew Club has operated since 1997 and I have worked there since 2000 and have owned it since 2004.

The owners of Ricochet Water requested me to produce 3 different types of beer using Esil water against the water system we currently use at our facility that is a NSA approved system. The following are three observations that were made during the brewing process:

1. The fermentation, which occurs during the first 7 days of the process, was more rapid with the Esil water compared to the NSA approved system. As you can see in the photo below, the beer fermenting on the left, was made with Esil water and is showing a more rapid pace of fermentation than the beer made on the right, using our regular water system. Both beers were produced at exactly the same time so the expectation would be that they would be fermenting at the same rate, which is not the case as you can see.

2. On three different occasions of producing these same beers alternating between different brewing kettles, I noted that all three times, the Esil water beer came up to the boil at a quicker rate.

3. For 2 of the 3 beers, for which I tested the specific gravity to determine alcohol content, the Esil water beer came out to 0.5% higher than when we used our standard water. The 3rd finished with the same alcohol content.

If you have any questions about any of the information above, please contact me at the Niagara Brew Club at 905-938-2582 or

Jeff Chcoski – Niagara Brew Club

Copper Brew Kettles

Using the copper brew kettles to produce small batchs of craft beer for testing.

Jeff the Brew Master

Jeff is the brew master behind the test on brewing craft beers with ESIL Treated Water.