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Old 07-27-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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About 2 weeks ago I did the DFH head 60 minute IPA clone and am ready to rack it into secondary. However, I just had a terrible discovery that in my haste to brew the beer I used calcium carbonate and baking soda to raise the mash PH instead of calcium sulfate/calcium chloride to lower the mash PH (I just looked at the calcium content). I adjust because i brew with RO water.

The mash PH didn't SEEM too far off (appeared to be around 5.4 with my PH strips). But clearly I screwed the pooch on this one. Can anyone tell me what the end result may be to the beer? It's done now and I can't do anything about it; but it was an expensive beer to brew and it makes me a bit sick to know I screwed it up so badly.

TIA for any help you can give!


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Old 07-27-2009, 09:45 PM   #2
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Nominal pH for a mash is 5.1-5.5. If you measured 5.4, you're fine.


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Old 07-27-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
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Even with the minerals in there that should not have been? I know I probably won't get the 'pop' from the hops that the gypsum additions give, but I'm not sure what else to expect?
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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IMHO, I think you're splitting hairs. I played with mineral adjustments for a while, and quite honestly could never tell the difference. That was WAY back in the day and there were likely other factors, but to my palette it never made a difference.

 
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:03 PM   #5
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Important part it pH, which is covered. If you were brewing a pilsener with porter water (very hard instead of very soft) then you're looking at more of a potential for noticing something being "off".

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Old 07-29-2009, 11:51 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, just curious if I were going to have a problem! I'll let you know how it tastes!


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