Water Crystals? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Water Crystals?
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 02-16-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 9

I have a 2oz. package of water crystals( calcium ad magnesium sulfate) that came with my homebrewing kit. What is this and what does it do? How/do, i use it?

Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2007, 11:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
ajf's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 4,646
Liked 105 Times on 99 Posts
Likes Given: 39

It adds Ca, Mg, and SO4 ions to the brewing water. It will also lower the pH of the water. They are also known as Burton salts after the English town of Burton on Trent, renowned for the brewing of Pale Ales.

If your water is low in calcium or sulfates and you are brewing a pale ale, you could dissolve them in the mash water prior to mashing.
If you are using extract, and/or you don't know your water chemistry, then I would simply forget about them, as they may make the beer slightly better, or they may make it slightly worse. I also wouldn't use them if I were brewing anything other than a pale ale.


Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2007, 02:58 AM   #3
FlyGuy's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,604
Liked 175 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 7

The 'water crystals' are probably meant to be mixed into distilled or RO water. If you do this, the idea is that they will help you emulate water that is known to produce reknowned beer of that style. If you are using tap water, you probably DON'T want to use these crystals.

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
building brewing water from reverse osmosis (RO) water Kaiser Recipes/Ingredients 8 03-18-2015 07:17 PM
Crystals 10-150 Substituting 1 for another. Mainebrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10 02-22-2009 07:50 PM
My Lactose turned to crystals SC_Ryan Recipes/Ingredients 3 03-03-2008 04:28 PM
Mysterious crystals TheCrane Recipes/Ingredients 2 02-22-2008 10:04 PM
Crystals in the honey gauthierk Mead Forum 8 03-17-2007 06:28 PM

Forum Jump