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Old 06-16-2011, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default water additives for ro water clone recipe.

Im making the dogfish head 60 minute ipa recipe on here and wanted to see what I should add to the water and when for this recipe if im making it with ro water.

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Old 06-16-2011, 05:45 AM   #2
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First thing to do is find the water profile of Rehobeth Beach Delaware where Dogfish is brewed (assuming they don't alter their water source). Then use an online brew calculator; http://www.brewersfriend.com/water-chemistry/ ; to figure out what additives to use to match it.

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Old 06-16-2011, 05:49 AM   #3
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If you share the profile in this thread, I'll add it to the brewer's friend water chemistry calculator drop down list :]

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:00 AM   #4
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Huh... I wonder how you could figure that out. Is there a standard for IPA's from RO water?

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:03 AM   #5
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Google "Rehobeth Beach Water Report"
https://imageserv2.team-logic.com/me...each_CCR09.pdf

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:04 AM   #6
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Why use RO water? If you are buying bottled water you can use "drinking" or "spring" and make awesome light beers just as good as using RO + additives.

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Old 06-16-2011, 06:35 AM   #7
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Check out the Water Primer thread in the "Brew Science" sub forum on HBT. AJ Delange lays out some basics of water adjustments to get your feet wet. Basically a bit of Calcium Chloride, some Gypsum perhaps and you are good to go on the road to water adjusting.

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I mostly brew with Santa Rosa city water. I'd cut it with 50% RO for a pilsner or hefeweizen, but for an IPA I'd just carbon filter, crush in a quarter of a Campden tab, and add a couple grams CaCl2 and a few grams CaSO4 to the mash for a 5 gallon batch.

Healthy fermentation, eliminating chlorine/chloramine, and keeping the pH down is probably more important to making awesome beer than is a strict ion balance. My beers are usually awesome.

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Check out the Water Primer thread in the "Brew Science" sub forum on HBT. AJ Delange lays out some basics of water adjustments to get your feet wet. Basically a bit of Calcium Chloride, some Gypsum perhaps and you are good to go on the road to water adjusting.
That's what I do. I don't use 100% RO water but a mix of RO and my tap. I have high bicarb in my tap water, that's why I cut it with RO water.

But the water I end up using looks like this:

Ca- 63
Mg- 14
Na- 5
So4- 60
Cl- 40
Hco3- 121 (still a little high, but it tastes fine in this beer)
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