I will be brewing Northern Brewer's Surly Bender clone kit next week, and I am trying to figure out what a good water profile would be for this beer. Over the past few months, I have been using the tips laid out in the Water Chemistry Primer for my beer (100% Distilled, CaCl, Acid Malt, CaSO4), and my beers (for the most part) have been better.
Here is the recipe for the Bender Clone:
8lbs Canada Malting Pale Ale Malt
0.75lb English Medium Crystal
0.75lb Belgian Special B
0.75lb Simpsons Golden Naked Oat
0.25lb English Chocolate Malt
I use 100% Distilled Water, because this is my town's water profile:
Needless to say, it's pretty brutal for brewing.
What would you recommend for this beer? 100% Distilled water + 1tsp CaCL + maybe a little bit of Gypsum? No Acid Malt (since there are roasted malts)?
Thanks in advance!