*Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway - Enter Now!*

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Brew Science > Major screwup in brew water adjustment!
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-27-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
kincade
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 374
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Major screwup in brew water adjustment!

About 2 weeks ago I did the DFH head 60 minute IPA clone and am ready to rack it into secondary. However, I just had a terrible discovery that in my haste to brew the beer I used calcium carbonate and baking soda to raise the mash PH instead of calcium sulfate/calcium chloride to lower the mash PH (I just looked at the calcium content). I adjust because i brew with RO water.

The mash PH didn't SEEM too far off (appeared to be around 5.4 with my PH strips). But clearly I screwed the pooch on this one. Can anyone tell me what the end result may be to the beer? It's done now and I can't do anything about it; but it was an expensive beer to brew and it makes me a bit sick to know I screwed it up so badly.

TIA for any help you can give!

__________________

-kincade

kincade is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2009, 09:45 PM   #2
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,651
Liked 134 Times on 127 Posts

Default

Nominal pH for a mash is 5.1-5.5. If you measured 5.4, you're fine.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
kincade
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 374
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Even with the minerals in there that should not have been? I know I probably won't get the 'pop' from the hops that the gypsum additions give, but I'm not sure what else to expect?

__________________

-kincade

kincade is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
mattmcl
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
mattmcl's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Erie, CO
Posts: 727
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

IMHO, I think you're splitting hairs. I played with mineral adjustments for a while, and quite honestly could never tell the difference. That was WAY back in the day and there were likely other factors, but to my palette it never made a difference.

__________________
mattmcl is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-28-2009, 12:03 PM   #5
cactusgarrett
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 984
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Important part it pH, which is covered. If you were brewing a pilsener with porter water (very hard instead of very soft) then you're looking at more of a potential for noticing something being "off".

RDWHAHB.

__________________

~~ Malted barley wants to become beer. ~~

cactusgarrett is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2009, 11:51 PM   #6
kincade
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 374
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Thanks guys, just curious if I were going to have a problem! I'll let you know how it tastes!

__________________

-kincade

kincade is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First try at water adjustment carp Brew Science 5 10-14-2009 12:32 AM
Water Adjustment? jgardner6 General Beer Discussion 5 08-11-2009 02:33 AM
B Brite screwup? HOT Water rinsing question? leoglenwood Equipment/Sanitation 2 08-27-2008 10:58 PM
First brew, one screwup, what to expect? ShadowWulf Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 10-15-2007 11:49 AM
Major Screwup El Pistolero General Chit Chat 18 03-24-2006 10:14 PM