Originally Posted by mabrungard
Great water! Yes, you should add more calcium. The recommendations of the Water Chemistry Primer are appropriate for your water. Do recognize that you will not be able to brew a great dark beer with that water without adding alkalinity. Pickling lime is a very good way of adding alkalinity, but it requires careful measurement.
If you're really that bad with chemistry and can't figure out how to use one of the sheets like Bru'n Water, you're probably SOL.
Thanks, Martin. I don't know why it is so daunting to me. I have a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, but chemistry was never a strong suit of mine.
So, since I am batch sparging, I probably don't have to worry too much about sparge acidification, right? My sparge is pretty quick. I think I figured the rest of it out, for the most part.