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Old 03-31-2007, 02:37 AM   #1
Jul 2006
Altoona Pa
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what is the standard p.h. level of water I should want to use. My efficiancy sucks this may be why The water company says p.h. is between 7.5 and 8.5 normaly what is good?

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Old 03-31-2007, 02:43 AM   #2
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Feb 2007
Boulder, CO
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from what ive read....5.2 to 5.7

But ive read very little on this so someone may correct me.

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Old 03-31-2007, 02:59 AM   #3
Aug 2005
Baltimore, MD
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It's not necessarily the ph of the water that you're worried about. Sure, it'd be good to start with a neutral ph, but the important thing is the softness of your water. Your grains will adjust the ph of your water to the correct range for mashing if it's soft enough. To have some peace of mind, you could purchase some 5.2 buffer, which works very well even for some not-so-soft water. Really light grains (like pilsner) have a harder time adjusting, but for most "regular" grain bills, you will probably be fine. If you want to know, just test your ph about ten minutes or so after dough-in.

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Old 03-31-2007, 11:21 AM   #4
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The PH of the water don't really matter. It's the PH of the mash that's important.
It should be in the range of 5.2 to 5.5 measured at mash temps.
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Old 03-31-2007, 02:05 PM   #5
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p.h. is between 7.5 and 8.5
You have alkaline water and should use something to make the mash more acid. You probably also have high mineral levels. I use pH 5.2, even though I have soft water. Very cheap insurance & I can batch sparge hot without worrying about tannins.
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