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Old 02-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #11
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Stylistic profiles will come more naturally as you research. The real problem is that so many are just not accurate and seldom represent what happens inside the brewery. I really appreciate what Martin has done to show "decarbonated" profiles for many regions and styles in Bru'n.

Here's the rule of thumb that I use:
1. Is the beer hop forward? If so - consider raising the sulfates (gypsum)
2. Is the beer malt forward? If so - consider raising the chlorides (calcium chloride)
3. Is the beer supposed to have a minerally tone (like some Burtonized Pale Ales) - then consider both sulfate and chloride levels.

Folks will disagree with that - but I think as a guideline - it is helpful.

Please dilute your next batch water at least 50% - your alkalinity levels are just too high and really need the dilution. 75% would be even better. This will also help your beer naturally come closer to a reasonable mash pH. The risk with a high pH is tannin extraction and a puckering astringency.

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:29 AM   #12
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I will dilute if I don't go 100% distilled! I'm working through five gallons of harsh beer because I didn't dilute last time, I will not make that mistake again. Thank you for taking the time to help me, very much appreciated. I might just pull the trigger on the pH meter. If I'm not doing everything I can to make the best beer possible I am just wasting my time.

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Mchrispen,

I brewed the beer with 100% distilled and only shifted from the primer slightly. Spent a good amount of time with bru'n water and used 1% acid malt and less than a gram of baking soda in addition to the calcium chloride quantity mentioned in the primer. I targeted 5.4 pH. I know I can't measure pH yet, but I did order the hach pH meter. Unfortunately it is not expected to ship until March 17th. However, I did have a really smooth brew despite tightening up my grain mill slightly. I think the tighter mill, larger sparge due to small grain bill and water closer to proper pH all contributed to my 87% efficiency. Thanks for your help. I'll update with notes on the meter once it comes in.

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Hey thanks for updating. That is good news!

At the rate people are buying Hach meters - I wonder if they realized so many orders are coming from recommendations here? AJ, I think we need you to recommend mutual funds now.

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