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Old 04-29-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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so i was brewing a red ale today which consists of these ingredients (straight from my recipe):

4lb. can mountmellick AMBER liquid
2lb english light Died Malt Extract
8oz medium crystal
20z black
1oz Northdown (bittering hops)
1oz Cascade (aroma hops)

i steeped my grain for 10 minutes. My directions then call for adding Gypsum (if water is soft)

what is this? how would i check? etc. Any insight i appreciated. Thanks



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Old 04-29-2007, 09:34 PM   #2
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Skip the gypsum if you're unsure. The best way to check is by asking your city water/utility works for a water analysis.

Extract brews rarely need brewing salts for success - the minerals you need are already in the extract.

This post has some info for you:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=28397

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