Need a little help
I spent the better part of the weekend reading this forum, the stickies, and the notes included with Bru'n Water.
Here are my Ward Lab results:
Total Hardness 331 (as CaCO3)
Total Alkalinity 221
From what I can tell, not great water but not horrible. I add this to the spreadsheet and find that if I dilute it 50% with RO, add some gypsum and some CaCl2 as well as knock the bicarbonate out with phosphoric acid I can make it fit the pale ale profile. I'm brewing an IPA next (11# base, 1# crystal).
I want to brew a blonde in the future, but it calls for no bicarbonate. My question: is there a point where the volume of acid needed is detrimental and it would be better to start from RO as a base? For instance after 50% dilution my 4.5 gallons of strike would need 31.5 mL of 10% phosphoric acid to fit the yellow balanced profile.
Thanks for the help.