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Old 03-11-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Newb Water Adjustment Help

I looked at a few threads, but don't have a lot of time before I brew tonight and am at work.... I am brewing a Two Hearted Clone i found here, here is what I come up with: basically adding .5 g of calc chloride and 1.5 g of epsom salt. The SRM of the beer is 5.6. Make sense?

Starting Water (ppm):
Ca: 39
Mg: 26
Na: 31.8
Cl: 97.5
SO4: 58.3
CaCO3: 14.8

Mash / Sparge Vol (gal): 3 / 4
Dilution Rate: 0%

Adjustments (grams) Mash / Boil Kettle:
CaCO3: 0 / 0
CaSO4: 0 / 0
CaCl2: 0.5 / 0.666666667
MgSO4: 1.5 / 2
NaHCO3: 0 / 0
NaCl: 0 / 0
HCL Acid: 0 / 0
Lactic Acid: 0 / 0

Mash Water / Total water (ppm):
Ca: 51 / 51
Mg: 38 / 38
Na: 32 / 32
Cl: 119 / 119
SO4: 110 / 110
CaCO3: 15 / 15

RA (mash only): -44 (2 to 6 SRM)
Cl to SO4 (total water): 1.08 (Balanced)

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Old 03-12-2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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Maybe a tad late if you already brewed, but if not...

If the water tastes good, go with it. I don't make any adjustments to my water regardless of the style of beer. My water tastes good so I brew with it.

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Old 03-12-2010, 05:15 AM   #3
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Well I was in a hurry and ended up not adding anything other than Stabilizer 5.2. Being my 3rd AG brew, I'm finally dialing in my process. Everything went great, other than I broke my thermometer in the boil kettle while chilling.... it was only the outside housing and not the actually thermomter. Being a food thermomter there is no mercury or lead anyway... so my only concern is glass...

According to what I read, I'll be fine as long as I carefully rack to secondary, leaving any glass behind.

Hopefully I still get a great beer without the water changes!

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Using the EZ Water Adjustment Spreadsheet (google it) and assuming your total volume of water used was 8 gallons, 4 grams of Gypsum would nail the style perfectly.

-50 RA
.74 Chloride/Sulfate Ratio (Two Hearted is definitely NOT balanced)

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Using the EZ Water Adjustment Spreadsheet (google it) and assuming your total volume of water used was 8 gallons, 4 grams of Gypsum would nail the style perfectly.

-50 RA
.74 Chloride/Sulfate Ratio (Two Hearted is definitely NOT balanced)
I believe that's the spreadsheet I used... I pasted above from the 3rd tab of the spreadsheet... I'm hoping my water (filtered) is close enough... The spreadsheet it will be "malty" on the chloride to sulfate ratio being at 1.67 when it needs to be .77 - 1.3 for balanced... 1 gram of Epsom in the mash and 1.3 grams to the boil would have balanced me out. I'm hoping it doesn't make too much of a difference.
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This is what I used on that clone. As you can see I'm starting with RO water.


Starting Water (ppm):
Ca: 0
Mg: 0
Na: 0
Cl: 0
SO4: 0
CaCO3: 0

Mash / Sparge Vol (gal): 5 / 4.5
Dilution Rate: 0%

Adjustments (grams) Mash / Boil Kettle:
CaCO3: 1 / 0.9
CaSO4: 5.5 / 4.95
CaCl2: 2 / 1.8
MgSO4: 5 / 4.5
NaHCO3: 2 / 0
NaCl: 0 / 0
HCL Acid: 0 / 0
Lactic Acid: 0 / 0

Mash Water / Total water (ppm):
Ca: 116 / 116
Mg: 25 / 25
Na: 29 / 15
Cl: 51 / 51
SO4: 265 / 265
CaCO3: 89 / 59

RA (mash only): -9 (5 to 9 SRM)
Cl to SO4 (total water): 0.19 (Very Bitter)



Here's my target profile:

Ca Mg Na Cl SO4 HCO3
126 19 18 48 281 66

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