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Old 12-16-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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Anyone have a water report for Baltimore? Would you like to share?

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Old 12-27-2013, 02:45 AM   #2
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Sis you ever track this down? I am in HoCo but we get water from Baltimore

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I don't have a water report but Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City's water comes from the same source as Heavy Seas. I contacted the brew master and he responded with this.

"We use a blend of salts, but to answer your question...yes we use Baltimore City municipal water. The salts we use are Calcium Sulfate and/or Calcium Chloride."

I take it a step further by filtering the water first with this.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Wate...-Hose/14504321

Then I add back Calcium Sulfate and/or Calcium Chloride based on style.

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I don't even bother to use faucet water spend the little extra for purified distilled water.

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I've attached the water profile in this PDF. I live in Fed Hill, I think same water supply as HoCo and Heavy Seas. Also, I too only adjust water with Calcium Chloride and Calcium Sulfate (Gypsum). Occasionally, I will add in some backing soda when using roasted grains to keep my mash pH from going too low.

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
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Awesome! Thanks Rmike. I have been planning to send my water to WARD. You saved me a step and some time.

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Rmike, are you filtering at all first?

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The filter my water through a carbon block filter. The test results were straight from the tap, though. Although, a filter shouldn't have any impact on minerals, etc.

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Thanks buddy!! I was looking for this exact info.

Looks like Baltimore's water is pretty low alkalinity, which is good for lighter or light amber beers.

I did some calculations using John Palmer's Excel Spreadsheet found at the bottom of this page

To make a very pale ale, SRM 1-6, add about 2-4 grams (1/2-1 teaspoon) gypsum per gallon of mash water, which will raise the calcium content of the water by 60-120 ppm; or you can add 4-6 grams (1-1.5 teaspoons) of Calcium Chloride for the same effect (raises calcium by 80-120 ppm).

To make a darker beer, you'll need to raise the alkalinity. Add either Chalk (1.5-3 grams, or 3/4-1.5 teaspoons) or Baking Soda (8-12 grams or 1-1.5 teaspoons) to raise the residual alkalinity by about 180-200 ppm of bicarbonate.

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brewESQ - I am brewing a black ipa so your saying I should add just chalk or baking soda and no gypsum or calcium chloride?

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