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Old 09-11-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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I finally was able to get a water report.
I'd like to have your opinion on how to treat my water for common beer styles.

Ca - 57
Cl - 205
HCO3 - 182
Mg - 29
Na - 112
SO4 - 63.1
pH - 7.7

so, what do you think ?
I think I have too much Na and Cl for many beers. Is this treatable without dilutions?

 
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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looks good for darker beers that you want to enhance the maltiness/sweetness. If you are a pale fan, you will need to dilute that water with some distilled or RO water to lower the hardness and chloride if you like hops, then build back any minerals you still need such as SO4 to get your SO4/CL ratio going the other way.

 
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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In my noob guestimation and with the aid of TH's spreadsheet, you're good for malty dark amber beers. It would be really bad for a pale ale or IPA. The good news is that I think a healthy dose of Gypsum, like 6 grams in 5 gallons would get your RA low enough for a pale beer and bring the Cl/So4 ratio closer to balanced. To accentuate bitter and reduce Na, dilute with 25% RO/distilled and use 8 grams gypsum.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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First,

How to Brew - By John Palmer - Reading a Water Report

then,

Brewing Water Chemistry Calculator | Brewer's Friend

 
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:50 PM   #5
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Similar to my water but it's higher in sodium and chloride which will accentuate malt sweetness. I would recommend mixing 1:1 with RO water and then using the spreadsheets or tools suggested to adjust mash pH and treat your sparge water. For hoppier beers you may want to dilute 2:1 with RO and use gypsum.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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That's a cool link, I like that calculator, really easy to use.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:39 PM   #7
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I really feel that calculator makes it a million times easier.

 
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I agree that's about the best tool out there if you're online. Offline, I like TH's spreadsheet.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:10 AM   #9
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How can you brew offline?

Haha, j/k (kind of). I never thought of that scenario - but I guess its good that all the bases have been covered.

 
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