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Thu April 4, 2024

Still or Sparkling? Water Tasting and Education

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Does water have flavor? Is there a difference in flavor between tap and bottled water, or from one bottled water to another? The answer to all these questions is YES!



Come learn about- and taste- lots of water in this class by cocktail writer and educator Camper English.



First we'll learn about tap water, including the local stuff in San Francisco. We'll briefly discuss home water filters and measure the dissolved solids in water before and after filtration to see how much it changes. We'll taste tap and filtered water versus demineralized water to get a baseline.



Then we'll talk about bottled water - the basic difference between bottled tap and specially-bottled water- and taste some brands to see how they differ. We'll learn how to categorize water according to type of source, mineral makeup (sodium, magnesium, calcium, etc), total dissolved solids, pH and more. Then we'll move on to sparkling waters to see how they can be even more special and reflective of (dare I say it?) terroir than still water.



We'll taste both bottled still waters and also naturally and artificially-carbonated sparkling waters to see the great variation in brands. We'll look at award-winning waters, waters designed for whiskey pairings, and other novelty water options. This class is open to everyone and a perfect way to stay hydrated during Dry January.



In all we'll taste test 12-16 different waters and students will leave the class with an appreciation for the variety of water to drink, a way to describe how they taste, and a new thirst for this category.



Your instructor is Camper English of Alcademics.com. Camper is the author of Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails, and The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts. Camper has given dozens of talks and classes about cocktails and spirits science and history to audiences of bartenders and consumers.



Classes are limited to 12 students. Class takes place in the boardroom on the 4th floor of the Mechanics Institute Library building at Post and Market Street in the Financial District, just steps away from the Montgomery BART/MUNI station.
Does water have flavor? Is there a difference in flavor between tap and bottled water, or from one bottled water to another? The answer to all these questions is YES!



Come learn about- and taste- lots of water in this class by cocktail writer and educator Camper English.



First we'll learn about tap water, including the local stuff in San Francisco. We'll briefly discuss home water filters and measure the dissolved solids in water before and after filtration to see how much it changes. We'll taste tap and filtered water versus demineralized water to get a baseline.



Then we'll talk about bottled water - the basic difference between bottled tap and specially-bottled water- and taste some brands to see how they differ. We'll learn how to categorize water according to type of source, mineral makeup (sodium, magnesium, calcium, etc), total dissolved solids, pH and more. Then we'll move on to sparkling waters to see how they can be even more special and reflective of (dare I say it?) terroir than still water.



We'll taste both bottled still waters and also naturally and artificially-carbonated sparkling waters to see the great variation in brands. We'll look at award-winning waters, waters designed for whiskey pairings, and other novelty water options. This class is open to everyone and a perfect way to stay hydrated during Dry January.



In all we'll taste test 12-16 different waters and students will leave the class with an appreciation for the variety of water to drink, a way to describe how they taste, and a new thirst for this category.



Your instructor is Camper English of Alcademics.com. Camper is the author of Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails, and The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts. Camper has given dozens of talks and classes about cocktails and spirits science and history to audiences of bartenders and consumers.



Classes are limited to 12 students. Class takes place in the boardroom on the 4th floor of the Mechanics Institute Library building at Post and Market Street in the Financial District, just steps away from the Montgomery BART/MUNI station.
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