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Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 07-02-2014 at 04:43 AM
I realize that carbonate/bicarbonate is the most predominate base at any alkaline pH in most
drinking water (the pronation state is not consequential). Still, I don't conflating
alkalinity, pH, and ca...
Posted in thread: A Brewing Water Chemistry Primer on 07-01-2014 at 05:18 AM
^^^^^^90% of my beers are IPA/APA's so where should the water numbers be to best utilize the
hops?Sent from my NSA monitored iPhone.There is a tension between utilization and flavor. Alpha
acids are m...
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 07-01-2014 at 04:59 AM
Thanks for the answer, but I don't think I asked my question clearly...I don't like using total
alkalinity and carbonate concentration interchangeably because it assumes that you are starting
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 06-29-2014 at 06:55 AM
I got myself a good pH meter and some phosphoric acid and brewed up an IPA with 100% Mosaic
hops. It's currently on tap and it's delicious! The bitterness so perfectly balances the
sweetness that neit...
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 04-30-2014 at 05:23 AM
This is a CLASSIC indication of different water profiles and their impact on the final product.
Did you ever wonder why Ireland is famous for their stouts and Pilsen is famous for their pale
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 04-29-2014 at 02:43 PM
After reading the advice from you-all and doing some background reading, I've decided to use
Bru'n Water to adjust my mash/sparge pH and to pay closer attention to the sulfate
Posted in thread: Grain Mill or Wort Pump? on 04-29-2014 at 10:59 AM
A grain mill was one of the best investments I ever made. I can buy bulk grains, my brew
process is way more reproducible, and fresh-crushed grains smell awesome first thing in the
morning.As for movi...
Posted in thread: Is it worth it to buy bulk grains? on 04-29-2014 at 10:50 AM
I have no LHBS, so I buy all my base malts in 25 kg sacks. I just stick them in a cabinet right
in the sack they came in. Brewing about once a month (20 L) I've never had a problem. Ikea
sells really ...
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 04-29-2014 at 10:29 AM
With respect to the "crisp" hop flavor and mild bitterness, you may also consider using a
smaller charge of a clean bittering hop like magnum or warrrior, a bigger percentage of
late-addition hops, an...
Posted in thread: Diving into Water Chemistry for a Perfect Pale Ale on 04-29-2014 at 05:02 AM
If the beers are coming out darker than expected, that is a classic sign of higher than desired
mash pH. The higher pH does extract more color from the grist. The carbonate level does suggest