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Old 06-29-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Adding salts to only the boil kettle?

This is my tap water. The mash pH of my pale ale grist is predicted to be 5.43. Can I restrict all of my salt additions to the boil kettle in order to adjust my ions and sufate/chloride ratio to the desired levels in order to keep my mash pH at 5.43?

Tap Water pH 7.7
Calcium 28
Magnesium 8
Sodium 5
Sulfate 21
Chloride 8
Bicarbonate 89
Cations 2.27
Anions 2.12
Tot Hardnes 103
Alkalinity 74
RA 49
SO4/Cl Ratio 2.6
Mash pH 5.43

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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No. If for no other reason that you don't have enough Calcium which has many important mash functions. Add enough Calcium salt(s) to the mash to get the Ca+ up to 50-75ppm.

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