High Sodium, Moderate Alkalinity. How to adjust? - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Brew Science > High Sodium, Moderate Alkalinity. How to adjust?

Thread Tools
Old 06-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #11
Aug 2010
McLean/Ogden, Virginia/Quebec
Posts: 9,661
Liked 1604 Times on 1222 Posts

Originally Posted by Thundercougarfalconbird View Post
I need to send a lab sample off for my pilot water before I can provide a real target.
If you made your pilot water by adding salts to RO water we can, assuming the RO system was in good operating order, determine the ion profile of the resulting water.

Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #12
Dec 2010
, GA
Posts: 771
Liked 23 Times on 19 Posts

I'm told that is the profile from the tap and not softened (and that the report is dated) alkalinity is more like 280ppm.
This is getting into the 'make me nervous' range for bicarbonate. I think a gypsum addition to up the Ca and SO4 sounds good.
But am concerned, in How to Brew, Palmer says 'The combination of sodium with a high concentration of sulfate ions will generate a very harsh bitterness. Therefore keep at least one or the other as low as possible, preferably the sodium."

Beersmith's London profile is:
London, England

Calcium(Ca): 52.0 ppm
Magnesium(Mg): 16.0 ppm
Sodium(Na): 99.0 ppm
Sulfate(SO4): 77.0 ppm
Bicarbonate(HCO3): 156.0 ppm
PH: 8.0 PH

I was thinking I'd come as close to this as possible as the brew has a high % of English malt.

I've been following ajdelanges primer with great success. I am going to testmash (I aways forget it's this simple!) and adjust pH using lactic acid.
The best beer I ever made was the next one I brew.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
High Water Alkalinity - Why Dilute? bduane Brew Science 9 08-04-2014 11:38 PM
Very High Alkalinity hillhousesawdustco Brew Science 14 09-05-2012 03:33 PM
"Water with moderate to high carbonate hardness is typical." jmf143 Brew Science 3 09-04-2012 09:34 PM
High OG, moderate attenuation, need repitch? huskeypm Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-02-2012 02:15 AM
Translate moderate to moderately high wildwest450 General Beer Discussion 7 02-24-2010 08:17 PM

Forum Jump