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Old 02-25-2014, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default Water adjustments for Stouts

Fellow Portland area brewers, I was curious what water adjustments everyone has been making for stouts? I have a sister in-law turning 21 and she requested a Chocolate Coffee Stout.

Since this is my first time making a stout period I don't want to screw it up. My grain bill for a 3 gallon batch is as follows:

6.5 lbs 2 Row
1 lb Crystal 20
.5 lbs 350°L Roasted Barley
.5 lbs 350°L Chocolate Malt

I will be adding .75 lbs of Brown Sugar during the boil. IDK if that make any difference.

So far I was thinking of adding 1/4 tsp Gypsum. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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Old 02-25-2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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All I do is add a Campden tablet for the chloramine. Other than that, straight PDX tap water.

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Campden tablets or filter for chloramines, but Bull Run water is very soft and probably needs some adjustment to make a great stout. You can make a decent one without adjustment, but a better one with harder water. Oregon Brew Crew has a page on water adjustment for Portland water for different beer styles.

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