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Old 06-03-2010, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default Is my beer to bitter due to my water profile?

Been brewing for a bit over a year and there is a strange taste of excess bitterness in my beer. At first I thought I was using to much bitterning hops but that is not the case. I feel my sanitation is up to par. I want to improve the taste and started researching the water profile

I've been using tap water and brewing extract 1/2 boil partial mash and/or steeping grain. Hoping to move to full boil all grain in the next few months.

Here is my water report from water one.

Starting Water (ppm):
Ca: 73
Mg: 60
Na: 52
Cl: 55
SO4: 124
HCO3: 60

I've downloaded the EZ water adjustment calculator and it states my residual alkalinity is negative 27 and my chloride to sulfate is .44

I watch Bobby_M videos and have some idea on how to work this spreadsheet but if anyone can help w/ water adjustments for a balanced to malty beer would be appreciated.
Planing on brewing a southern English ale next.

Thanks everyone!

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Old 06-03-2010, 02:00 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure that ratio is on the bitter side.


Below .50 = Very Bitter
.50 to .77 = Bitter
.77 to 1.3 = Balanced
1.3 to 2.0 = Malty
Above 2.0 = Very Malty

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Gypsum/Calcium Carbonate will make your water harder and your hop bitterness flavor more sharp.

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I've downloaded the EZ water adjustment calculator and it states my residual alkalinity is negative 27 and my chloride to sulfate is .44
The Cl2:SO4 is fine. The Mg is the problem. Dilute your water with RO and add back some calcium as appropriate.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:22 PM   #5
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also, keep in mind that extracts have minerals in them as well, so you could be doubling up in some areas which may becausing the excessive bitternesss.

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Old 06-04-2010, 06:44 PM   #6
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Or Make Vienna Lager?

Target Profile (optional) Beer Style Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+1 Cl-1 SO4-2 HCO3-1 RA Cl to SO4
Pilsen Pilsener 10 3 3 4 4 3 -6 1.00
Dortmund Export Lager 225 40 60 60 120 220 -4 0.50
Vienna Vienna Lager 163 68 8 39 216 243 43 0.18

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