I've been getting more and more into water lately and have been adding gypsum to my IPAs which seems to help. I'm thinking I should add a few grams to my stouts as well, as the calculator is coming out with VERY malty (5:1) for my ratio.
I read the primer (which is awesome), but I'm not completely sure how it applies to my water as it seems to be kind of all over the place and I'm pretty new to the water adjustment thing.
Here's my profile:
If I add 3g of gypsum that puts my SO4 at 81 for a 1.51 ratio... that seems like it'd be tasty for a chocolate stout. I'd imagine that if I left the water untouched it'd be waaay too sweet and malty. It's also good to add gypsum to raise my Ca level to 44, if I'm thinking about this right.
Another question... for IPAs, instead of adding nearly 10g of gypsum, should I dilute my water first? Is it bad to have sulfates that high? I see that it's in an acceptable range but at that point both Cl and SO4 are pretty high.
Thanks so much