I have done a few All Grain batches to date, and really enjoy the process. As I continue to seek to "perfect" my brewing output, I am attempting to learn about how I can modify my water to improve overall flavor and adherence to style. I have to admit....I am confused. So let me ask for your advice or help.
After receiving my water report, here are the critical details:
CA - 60
Mg - 39
SO - 130
Na - 9
Cl - 12
HCO - 273
Total Alk. - 224
PH - 7.4
Can someone help me figure out the steps that they would take with my water profile to make:
A) Light Ale/Lager (Pilsner)
B) Holiday Ale - Winter Lager style
As I understand, my water profile is good as is for IPAs and stouts....correct me if I am wrong?
Since my water is so hard, and the majority of the minerals are on the high end, from what I can gather is I shouldn't be adding anything but rather diluting my tap water with Distilled water until I can dial back the minerals to meet the preferred style?
What about Mash Stablilizer.....based on my profile, should I use this and will I see a noticeable difference in flavor, efficiency, etc. From what I have read, reviews are very mixed on the stabilizer usage.
Lastly, Should I use Camden tabs in my water? I do not currently have a carbon filter in place so I am assuming the tabs would be the next best solution for removal of Chlorine. I don't have the time or desire to boil the water or set out for 24 hours before brew day....any suggestions.
I know this is a wide open question (s) here but I really need some advice. I have watched SEVERAL youtube vids including Palmers latest, but I am still struggling.
Thanks to anyone that can offer me some advice!