Burton Water Profile Question

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tcnguru

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I'm a little confused by the Sulfate level of Burton-on-trent water profile. From what I've read, the average sulfate ppm is 600+. According to the experts, high sulfate levels can create an unpleasant bitterness in finished beer. Quoting John Palmer (RE SULFATE CONCENTRATIONS IN WATER) from How to Brew: "At concentrations over 400 ppm however, the resulting bitterness can become astringent and unpleasant, and at concentrations over 750 ppm, it can cause diarrhea."

How can water with such a high level of sulfate be used to create a quality beer?
 

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You're a brewer. You alter your water for brewing. Brewers in Burton alter their water to make it more suitable for brewing, too. They're not just using straight well-water with no modification.
 

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