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Old 01-24-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Starting to make sense of this water thing I think.... But a little help from the pros here would be appreciated before my brewday this weekend. My water is pretty Alkaline, so with a 2 parts distilled to 1 part tap ratio my numbers are:

Ca 18
Mg 7
S04 3
Cl 1
HCO3 93
CaCO3 76

Using Palmers water cheat sheet to achieve an srm of 13 I then planned to add to my entire strike water:

6 grams gypsum and 6.8 grams calcium chloride. Which unless Im missing something would make my final numbers??
Ca 125
Mg 7
SO4 113
Cl 109
HCO3 93
CaCO3 76

Does this look correct or am I off on my understanding??

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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The chloride level is higher than I prefer in a hoppy ale and the sulfate is too low. Even with the dilution, it appears your bicarbonate may be too high. A little acidification may be needed in the mashing water and that water definitely MUST be acidified to remove a lot more alkalinity for use as sparging water. Visit the Bru'n Water website to learn more about what you should be doing and how to do it.

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Thanks Mabrungard. I havent been able to get any brewing software to download to my mac yet. So maybe a 75% dilution which would bring my
bicarbs down to 70, and a little more gypsum and less calcium chloride??

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