Brewing an IIPA tomorrow. Gonna try tweaking my water for the first time. Actually, what I am most interested in is driving off the chloramines. The local water is heavy with this stuff and I want to see if we can clean up the taste of my brews a little bit. Sorry if this is mundane, but just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing anything here.
IIPA, SRM 5.6, OG 1.082, IBU 90.7, 11.5 gallons of water, 8.5 gallons preboil, 6.5 gallons post boil
Austin water report: Q4 2009
I entered these data in the EZ water spreadsheet, and played around with additions of gypsum.
So, my workflow for brew day will be:
1. Draw up 11.5 gallons tap water into holding tank.
2. Crush 1/2 campden tablet. Mix.
3. Heat strike water, add 5g gypsum. Mash-in.
4. Add 5g gypsum to boil.
Am I missing anything else here? Seems pretty straightforward.
One question: I'd like to load the full 11.5 gallons into my HLT and just treat the water there. Is there a good reason not to just add the entire 10g of gypsum to the HLT and strike/sparge out of there. Is it absolutely to add the boil addition only during the boil? Thanks.