I got a water report done at Ward Labs and I'm going to try to adjust my water for the first time. I'd appreciate some tips/feedback to make sure I'm doing this right.
Here's my water report from Ward:
77 ppm Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est
0.13 mmho/cm Electrical Conductivity
0.9 / 0.8 me/L Cations / Anions
13 ppm Sodium, Na
1 ppm Potassium, K
3 ppm Calcium, Ca
2 ppm Magnesium, Mg
16 ppm Total Hardness, CaCO3
0.2 ppm Nitrate, NO3-N
2 ppm Sulfate, SO4-S
16 ppm Chloride, Cl
< 1 ppm Carbonate, CO3
9 ppm Bicarbonate, HCO3
7 ppm Total Alkalinity, CaCO3
0.83 ppm Total Phosphorus, P
<0.01 ppm Total Iron, Fe
I'm going to try brewing CBBaron's Smooth Oatmeal Stout
, so my plan was to shoot for around 150 RA and a Chloride to Sulfate ratio a bit above 2:1 in favor of chloride to get a maltier beer. Good so far?
I'll be doing a single infusion mash and then fly sparging, Beersmith is telling me that will be around 4.3 gallons of mash water, and 4 gallons of sparge water to make a initial boil volume of 6.8 gallons. So I've planned my mineral additions to the mash based on 4.3 gallons of water, no sparge adjustments, and then further adjusting the pre-boil water based on 2.5 gallons of my source water (6.8 gallons of pre-boil wort - 4.3 gallons mash volume), is that the right way to figure it?
I couldn't figure out how to do a table in the forum, so here's an image of my planned additions for the mash and for the boil kettle.
I'm not seeing RA value in Beersmith, but plugging these additions into Palmer's spreadsheet seems to put this in the right ballpark.
So does this sound reasonable or am I doing this all properly?