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Old 04-01-2011, 12:21 AM   #11
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If it were me doing a Wee Heavy I would go for zero sulfate and 80-90 ppm chloride (but no higher than 125). Maybe 50 or so sodium too.

Of course you may want to vary to suit your tastes but if I were brewing this beer tomorrow that's what I would do.

 
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:31 AM   #12
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My SO4 and Cl get up above 100 when I get my Ca to 50-100ppm. How do you get your SO4 and Cl so low and still keep 50ppm Ca?

 
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #13
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My SO4 and Cl get up above 100 when I get my Ca to 50-100ppm. How do you get your SO4 and Cl so low and still keep 50ppm Ca?
My water at home has lots of calcium, but if I had to build from distilled I could put in 1g/gal CaCl and get 72 calcium and 127 Cl. The Cl would be at my high limit but still acceptable to me for this style. Then for this style I would expect about an acidic mash so also add a little baking soda. The sodium IMO will help this style and the bicarbonate will balance the ph.

 
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