Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Brew Science > Suggestions on building my water please
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-09-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Yankee Hill, CA
Posts: 1,541
Liked 26 Times on 26 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default Suggestions on building my water please

Here's my water report...

pH 6.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 83
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.14
Cations / Anions, me/L 1.5 / 1.5
Sodium, Na 10
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 14
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 48
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 91
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 75

Looks like some Gypsum is in order, and I need to bring the Magnesium up. I'm also thinking I should try to get the Sodium up a little bit, but I'm not sure. This is from a well in the Sierra Nevada foothills, seems like a good base to build on. My beers have always been pretty decent and some have been excellent, but they always seem to be missing something.

I mostly brew IPA's but lately I have been leaning towards brewing more Pilsners & German styles.

Anyhow, I'd love to hear some opinions on how I should build this up.

Thanks, Mike


Kegged:DIPA,Pumpkin Stout,,Munich Helles, Chinook/Simcoe/Citra/Amarillo IPA

Bottled: Blackberry Mead
Primary #1:Mosaic IPA
Primary #2:
On Deck:APA,RIS,AB Clone

Yankeehillbrewer is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #2
Ale's What Cures You!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Yooper's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 61,667
Liked 4636 Times on 3367 Posts
Likes Given: 909


I wouldn't add anything to increase magnesium- unless you're making a very hoppy IPA and want to get a sour/bitter flavor to it. Malt has plenty of magnesium, and you don't need it. No need to raise sodium.

For a pilsner or German lager, I would try to increase the calcium by using calcium chloride as well as drop the alkalinity, perhaps by diluting with RO water.

For an IPA, I would use gyspum.

I really like to use the information on the Bru'nwater website, as well as the spreadsheet for predicting mash pH.

Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: McLean/Ogden, Virginia/Quebec
Posts: 6,144
Liked 617 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 19


Building up the sulfate (with gypsum) may be a good idea for IPA but keeping it low as it is now is a blessing for Pilsner (at least Bohemian Pilsner). Your calcium and in particular chloride levels are low for most beers and should be built up. Your alkalinity is a bit high. Diluting this water with 1 part RO water will lower the alkalinity (to 37.5) and you can go 2:1 to get it to 25 if you like. As you will have to supplement calcium and chloride in any case (even with out dilution) dilution may be a reasonable way to go if you have RO water handy.

See http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/bre...primer-198460/ for a bit more detail on this approach.

ajdelange is online now
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building a new house - need suggestions tulsabrewdaddy DIY Projects 5 08-19-2012 02:23 AM
Building water profiles from distilled water, dummy questions JBrady General Beer Discussion 20 06-16-2011 09:05 AM
Building water for a Schwarz bier (Black Lager), any suggestions? SwampassJ Brew Science 1 06-15-2011 02:35 AM
Suggestions for building a Freezer Kegerator ampete1 Bottling/Kegging 1 05-27-2011 05:13 PM
Noob rig building questions. Suggestions please! jtwangler DIY Projects 4 07-20-2010 05:31 AM