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    Water Profiles of Popular Beers

    Home brewers take great care when constructing a recipe for aroma, appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel. Almost always, water chemistry is an after-thought mainly because it is confusing. I hope to shed some light on how breweries basically have similar thoughts on addressing water chemistry. There...
  2. T

    The Importance of Brewing Water

    You may have noticed by now, that beer is over 90% water, so saying that brewing water is important is an understatement of galactic proportions. There are many books on the subject, but they are so in-depth usually that most home brewers either lose interest or mental capacity in the attempt...
  3. V

    Understanding Your Brewing Water - And Why

    I got into home brewing in February of 2010 when I brewed a small extract batch that came in a kit someone had given to me as a present. I was so excited because soon I would be brewing my very own beer at home. The only thought I gave to my brewing water was hoping I had enough of it mixed in...
  4. V

    Understanding Your Brewing Water - And Why

    I got into home brewing in February of 2010 when I brewed a small extract batch that came in a kit someone had given to me as a present. I was so excited because soon I would be brewing my very own beer at home. The only thought I gave to my brewing water was hoping I had enough of it mixed in...
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    Water Chemistry

    I have a question on the Chemistry of this Brew that im doing this weekend. If you look on the finished Water profile (in green), should it match the desired water profile. This is a Austrailian Sparkling Ale. If so, should i try to match them even if I am already getting a good pH? LEt me know...
  6. CascadesBrewer

    What does a filter actually remove?

    I see a lot of different filters out there, and I wonder what they actually remove and how that impacts brewing water. For example, when I brew small batch extract batches I use water filtered through my Brita pitcher (which I think uses an activated charcoal filter), and I see people that...
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    First Time Using 100% RO water on Bru'n Water

    Hi all - I'm brewing up a 5 gallon light bodied IPA using 100% RO water in both the mash (3.9 gallons) and the sparge (5.1 gallons). I selected the Pale Ale water profile off of Bru'n Water because it says its good for hoppy beers. The exact profile is: Cal: 140 Mg: 18 Na: 25 SO4: 300 Cl: 55...
  8. Horton

    Bastrop Texas Water Profile

    Here are the results I got back from Ward Labs of Bastrop Texas water supply. This is specific to my home but I’m sure any local Bastrop brewers will appreciate it.
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    High CaCO3 Alkalinity

    Hi all! Just after some advice about water profile and combatting Alkalinity, what the need to is and how to go about it. So... I have recently received a water report back from a lab and have given my CaCO3 results as 235, from looking on brewfather for the majority of styles im interested in...
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    Water Test Results

    Hi, I had my water tested. I brew on a H.E.R.M.S system. Should I be adding anything to my current water profile? The beer I make seems fine but am I missing something? Any input is appreciated. Thanks. Water Test Results pH 7.4 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 154 Electrical...
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    I used 2oz of 10+% AA hops in the boil and my beer is NOT bitter - Help?

    I have been having the same issue with my home brews from day one - almost Zero perceived hop bitterness. I have tried boiling longer, harder, cooler, shorter, dry hop, whirlpool, you name in and still I sit here with a beer that is good but not great. I am finally of the opinion that my water...
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    Wort Storage / Share Questions

    So I am participating in a wort share contest with a local brewery and the wort pick-up is this weekend and I have a few questions. First, is there any way to store the wort safely to brew say a week or two from now? I want to do a NEIPA but I want it to be fresh and the judging isn't until...
  13. micraftbeer

    Sensafe eXact Smart Brew iDip Water Test Kit Hands on Review

    I got hold of one of these water test kits from Sensafe, with their brewing water test set-up. Link below to my hands-on review. It was pretty cool how easy it was to use. I did have some glitches/crashes with the App on my Android phone, but once I stuck to the basics of the water test, I...
  14. wanger99

    Stout recipe pH too low...how to add more pH

    Guys I have been trying to get this recipe together for a Stone Milk Stout Clone but my pH keeps coming out close or below 5.0. How can I get more pH into the mash to help with conversions. Below is the recipe with mineral additions calced from BnW 5. My water in Chicago has the following...
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    Kolsch water profile advice needed

    I'm working on making a Kolsch and would like to get some advice on a proper water profile. This is my tap water profile: Ca: 20 Mg: 13 Na: 21 SO4: 9 Cl: 64 HCO3: 60 Ph: 8.2 I'm using Bru'n Water software to make my adjustments. I see there is a Cologne profile but I also see Martin...
  16. rjs3273

    Is getting a lab test water profile a waste of time?

    I am happy to accept the short answer is no. It is always going to be interesting to see what you get and some information must be better than no information, but my question is not entirely flippant. I have been searching through all the water threads in here and I can find very little...
  17. BandonBrewingCo

    Water report shows huge swings in hardness

    Hi, My water report shows a relatively stable PH variation between 7.73 - 8.29 (currently lying at 8.02) but my hardness is showing huge swings between 6.03-18.4 in German Degrees of Hardness. My latest reading was at the low end of that at 6.41°dH. Is this something I need to worry about...
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    Water Adjustments Starting with RO/Distilled

    Hey everyone, I was previously using local well water to brew with, and had some great results, but our well yield has dropped significantly since my last couple brews, so I've been using RO water (without any additions) with just OK results. I'm interested in building up my brew water from...
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    Water treatment problems- Chlorophenols

    Hello everyone, I need some help. I am having off flavors in my pale beers, is like a plastic weir taste. I think that is chlorophenols, but I really dont know what the real cause is, beacause I use sodium metabilsufite( powder) in my water( even tried using 2xrecomended quantity). Recently I...
  20. S

    Pre-Boil Kettle Water Adjustments and Fine-Tuningmy Process

    Hi All, I have been brewing since 2009 (some commercial, years ago, mostly at home). A long time reader of this forum but my first time logging in and posting anything. I couldn't find a thread that addressed these questions, but if you know of one please link it in your reply. Here goes...
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