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Old 06-14-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
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Okay I did a search but could not find an answer.

I add my brewing salts (CaSo4 and MgSO4) to my grain so that it gets dissolved when I do my mash.

Is this wrong?, Should I add the salts to my water as I heat it up for the mash.

Or is this a six of one half dozen of the other.

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Old 06-14-2010, 03:33 AM   #2

Adding it to the grains is a good idea. Calcium Sulfate, especially, doesn't like to dissolve into water fully. When you add it to your water as you're heating it, some of it well end up stuck to the walls and bottom of whatever kettle you use.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:07 AM   #3
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to the mash water along with the grain.

 
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:31 AM   #4
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I add mine to the mash water after it is in the mash tun just before I add the grains.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:36 AM   #5
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It depends where it's needed. If it's intended to correct the mash pH, it should go in the mash. If it's to correct the sparge pH, in the HLT. If it's for yeast health, in the boil. If it's just for flavor, it can even be post-ferment.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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I add mine to the mash water after it is in the mash tun just before I add the grains.
I do this.

 
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #7
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I add some in the mash and then some to the brew pot.

Adding to the sparge water is not very practical as it will not dissolve properly.

 
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:11 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replys.
So I guess I was right in my methodology, I add the salts to the grains as it one less thing to remember.

One less oh crap! moment after the process is well along.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:21 AM   #9
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I add all my salts to the water. The solubility of gypsum is about 2.5 grams per gallon, and I usually add less than 2 grams per gallon, so no problem.

I treat all my brewing water with calcium hydroxide to precipitate CaCO3 since I have highly alkaline well water. I add all my salts to all my water at the same time, stir to dissolve, and leave overnight then siphon the water off the precipitated chalk, and start brewin'..

 
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