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Old 02-04-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Mashing a strawberry blonde

Hey all, I'm going to be making a strawberry blonde next week and had a few questions regarding how to mash this beer. Since this beer will be lightly hopped with only a 60 minute addition and the grist is 80-20 pilsner/wheat, I'm afraid I won't have a ph suited for optimal mashing. What should I do to overcome this? I plan on using strait RO, or some kind of blend of RO and tap. Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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Look in to this.

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Old 02-04-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Acid malt or water additions or acid rest. I know the typical tricks, trying to get advice on which is best.

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Old 02-04-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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whats wrong with that grist.....seems fine to me. why not use non-RO water?

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Old 02-04-2012, 04:26 PM   #5
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Do you have a water report and ph meter? No sense in just adding salts/acid based on conjecture.

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Old 02-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Ph 7.4
Total alkalinity as caco3 174
Bicarbonate 212
Fluoride .26
Chloride 52
Sulfate 14
TDS 290
Calcium 50.9
Iron .335
Mg 8.28
Sodium 39.7

I typically dilute my water with 50-75 % RO or Distilled due to iron concentration.

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
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You need to plug those numbers into a spread sheet, here's a good one. That will tell you what you need to add.

http://www.ezwatercalculator.com/

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I use that spreadsheet, however, I'm not sure if I should just put a lot of gypsum in, use acid malt, or just go with a ph stabilizer.

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I use that spreadsheet, however, I'm not sure if I should just put a lot of gypsum in, use acid malt, or just go with a ph stabilizer.
No gypsum, but I'd definitely dilute with a significant amount of RO water to drop the alkalinity!
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #10
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Pick one method. Try it. Pick another next time. Try that. Continue with small batches until you find what works for you best.

I run HERMS so the acid rest is my method of choice because I can do steps pretty easy.

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