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Old 09-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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So I was in a hurry trying finish my beer and I forgot to add the gypsum, calcium chloride, and phosphoric acid to the sparge water. I did however add to the mash. I am boiling now is there anything I can do? Or should I just wait and see how it turns out?


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Old 09-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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I could be wrong, but I add it to the kettel.


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Old 09-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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Since those additions are for flavor, you can add them to the boil kettle.
even the phosphoric acid?
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No not the acid, I would only add that to the mash.
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Generally speaking, when batch sparging:
-Additions to mash (salts, acids)
-Additions to sparge (maybe acid or maybe nothing)
-Additions to boil kettle (salts)

Generally speaking, when fly sparging:
-Additions to mash (salts, acids)
-Additions to sparge (acids)
-Additions to boil kettle (salts)

"Sparge" salt additions are generally better served directly in the BK. Sparge acid additions are mostly only needed in fly sparging since you run a much higher risk of pH raising than you do when batch sparging, thus the reason why you may want to simply forgo any acid additions to the sparge when batch sparging.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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even the phosphoric acid?
Since that is either to drop the pH of the mash, or the pH of the sparge water, no. You wouldn't add acid to the boil kettle.

You typically acidify your sparge water? If you do, and you didn't this time, there could be some pH issues (ie tannin extraction or flavor impact) by not doing so if you need to.
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Generally speaking, when batch sparging:
-Additions to mash (salts, acids)
-Additions to sparge (maybe acid or maybe nothing)
-Additions to boil kettle (salts)

Generally speaking, when fly sparging:
-Additions to mash (salts, acids)
-Additions to sparge (acids)
-Additions to boil kettle (salts)

"Sparge" salt additions are generally better served directly in the BK. Sparge acid additions are mostly only needed in fly sparging since you run a much higher risk of pH raising than you do when batch sparging, thus the reason why you may want to simply forgo any acid additions to the sparge when batch sparging.
I use bru'n water and usually just go by the recommendations on the spreadsheet. I ended up just adding the calcium chloride and gypsum to the boil. Just have to wait and see what happens. Thanks everyone for the responses.
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People do add acid to the kettle in order to lower kettle pH. I would consider this an advanced technique and would not advise doing it unless you have
1) An desired pH in mind
2) A pH meter to check that you have hit the pH you want.
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Sounds good man, you made beer regardless. I'm sure it'll turn out great!


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