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RonRock 09-23-2009 07:03 PM

Brewing Salts?
Is there a reference that tells what each of the salts will add to the water?

If I start with RO or DI water what do I add to get a given profile? Or if I start with my water how do I choose salts to to particular levels?

I did not give any specifics, I'm just trying to get a handle on water building at this time.

enderwig 09-23-2009 07:07 PM

Play with this!
edit: fixed link

RonRock 09-23-2009 07:25 PM

Thanks, That is what prompted the question. I've been reading about that spreadsheet and have loaded my profile into it. Now I'm trying to figure out what to add to get to a specific profile. Not any specific one right now, but need to know what each salt will do rather than guess with each one to get where I want.

Thirsty_Monk 09-23-2009 07:27 PM

The link is malformed.

Try this one:

Did you mean something like this?

Common                        - Sientific                - 1 gram per gallon adds
Name                        - Name
Chalk                (CaCO3) - Calcium carbonate        - 105.8ppm Ca + 158.4ppm CO3        --> Increases Mash pH
Gypsum                (CaSO4) - Calcium sulfate        -  61.5ppm Ca + 147.4ppm SO4        --> Lowers    Mash pH
Calcium chloride(CaCl2) - Calcium chloride        -  72.0ppm Ca + 127.4ppm Cl        --> Lowers    Mash pH
Epsom salts        (MgSO4) - Magnesium sulfate        -  26.1ppm Mg + 103.0ppm SO4
Baking soda        (NaHCO3)- Sodium Bicarbonate        -  72.0ppm Na + 189.0ppm HCO3
Canning salt        (NaCl)  - Sodium chloride        - 103.9ppm Na + 160.3ppm Cl

JKoravos 09-23-2009 07:44 PM

Palmer's How to Brew has a good description of how the different ions affect the beer.

RonRock 09-23-2009 08:13 PM

Thanks Thirsty Monk that is what I wanted.

I have the book and am using it as well.

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