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Old 07-04-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Hey Guys I forgot to get some gypsum at the HBS this week and they are closed today. My tap pH is 7.0. How will it affect my brew. I want to brew real early tomorrow.
My options:
Brew a porter and don't worry about it.
wait for the store to open and brew an ESB.
I figure the porter flavor can compensate for the higher pH. Will the ESB be seriously affected??
Thanks Charlie

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Old 07-04-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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If I can remember, during the mash the enzymes will bring your ph hopefully down into the optimum range of 5.4
I actually think that both brews on here will be fine. Many people make great beer without any water additions.
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the ph of neutral water is 7. Don't worry about adding it. I have very soft water and i never use gypsum.
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