I have been brewing for a year now and have started the transition into all grain and im a little worried about the ph levels in my water. I have well water that is treated with a water softening system. I bypass the softener with a direct water supply from my well pump to my HLT. I do not have a neutralize and this is my issue. I have tested my water and below are the resualts:
Chlorine = 0
PH = 4
Alkalinity = 80
Hardness = 0 (water softener)
Im starting to find a acidic taste to the beers. I have some gypsum i bought originally before i bypassed the softener. I read in how to brew by john palmer that it could help. But that chapter confused the hell out of me (im no rocket scientist i just love beer). I'm brewing tomorrow and plan to check the ph level of the mash im shooting for 5.1-5.5.
Thanks for any insight you guys might have, stay thirsty my friends.