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    Interpreting Ward Labs Water Test Results

    Hello all, I recently received the results for my well water test from Ward Labs. Can anyone tell me how to interpret them for adjustment prior to brewing? Reading through some older posts, it looks like there might be some website or program we can use where we input the Ward Labs data and...
  2. rycardo

    Salts to manipulate water - Max volume

    Hello everyone, I have a doubt related with salts for water adjustment. I use brewfather to calculate the amount of salts I should use to manipulate the water. The point is, there is any limitation on the quantity of salt we should use? I usually manipulate the water with Magnesium Sulfat...
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    First Cider Brew - Water Question

    How important is it to boil all the water that will be used to make my first Apple Cherry Cider? The instructions say to boil 1 gallon of water and dissolve 2 lb of dextrose, add to fermenter once it is cooled then top up to 6 gallons. Should the top up water be boiled also? I'm using RO...
  4. nreed

    Will adding Gypsum improve the Hop character in my beers?

    Hi all. I'm just started drinking my 4th brew which was a SMaSH with Maris Otter and Mosaic. I'm really happy with the results after having to toss my 3rd batch for some really off-medinal flavours. A mix of building a fermentation chamber to keep my temps level and using camden tablets seems...
  5. BryggAnton

    Calibration Ispindel problem

    Hi Folks! I bought a ispindel one week ago. The guy that sold me the ispindle had off-set calibrated it. I have just gone trough 90minutes of calibration by mixing water and sugar and messuring the tilt. Now when im done and have connected it to brewfather and the numbers are waaaay off! I have...
  6. Bertkrawl

    "Crazy" Idea!

    Hey everyone, New member & first time posting. My father-in-law called today with a crazy idea for a batch of mead. He had a question that exceeded my knowledge of the process. He gathered his honey (orange blossom) and his yeast (unknown) from a brew shop in Austin, Tx. For the water he wants...
  7. maierhof

    Water results needed!

    Hello all, I hope that this post finds you and your family well with this ordeal. I need your help. Please. I have made a decision. I am moving out of the SF Bay Area finally. Been here for 50 years now, and sadly it has changed way too much in the wrong direction. Thinking of: Bend OR...
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    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...
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    Water Conservation When Brewing

    It is no secret that the single most prevalent ingredient in beer is water. But there is also an equal if not larger amount of water involved in the making of beer that does not become beer. This would be the water we use for cleaning, sanitizing, and cooling. Like myself, there are many other...
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    The Brewmasters - Colin Kaminski Of Downtown Joes Brewery

    Colin Kaminski started his professional brewing career in 1998 and since that time has written several magazine articles, including "Bring On The Heat" for BYO Magazine. Colin's articles have earned him the prestigious Beer Writer's Guild Feature of the Year Award and he also co-authored the...
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    My RIMS System Brewday

    I have been brewing on my Recirculating Infusion Mashing System (RIMS) for a little over a year now, and am loving every minute of it. When I first started all-grain brewing, I could never quite get my mash temperatures right. It would always be too high or too low after adding the grains to the...
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    Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 3

    This is the third installment in the Brewing Water series. The links below will direct you to parts one and two if you wish to read them to. Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 1 Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 2 Today we look at some of the easy to use tools that are...
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    Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 2

    This is the second installment in the Brewing Water series. The link below will direct you to part one if you wish to read it too. Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 1 Today we wade a little bit deeper into what goes on in the mash and how our brewing water can influence efficiency...
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    Craft The Perfect Draft - Brewing Water Part 1

    Every successful brew day begins with a well thought out plan based on a recipe using the perfect combination of grains, hops, yeast and the brewer's preferred brewing process. Of course the goal of every brew day is to brew the best tasting style of beer possible and to brew it as consistently...
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    How Important is Water to your Brewing?

    As it pains me to say this, I think I have unintentionally become a water expert. I have been a process engineer for many years and in each process I have supervised, there has been some form of water treatment. However, when I started brewing I did not include water treatment for the first...
  16. Chorgey

    Brewing salts (and a pH question)

    I'm new at water chemistry and have some questions. I'm doing BIAB, not sure if this changes the answers. When do you add brewing salts? To the strike water before turning on the heat? I've read that someone adds salt the night before brewing. Is there a tried and true way to mix/dissolve the...
  17. 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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    StarSan cloudy after 1 day in bottled water

    Hey there, I have bought a large 5 litre shop bought bottle of water and I heard that this should keep my StarSan(ChemSan) from going cloudy for a while after using it. I mixed 10ml of StarSan into the 5 litres of water (as instructed on the bottle and from videos on youtube) I then used my...
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    Hooking up a RO system to a garden hose? Bad or Good idea?

    I hate buying 10 gallons of water every time I want to brew, so I've been thinking about getting a RO filtration system and hooking it up to a garden hose faucet on the side of my garage. Has anyone on here tried this? Was it a good idea? How will the water chemistry be affected? Any...
  20. Michael Schepflin

    Salt Additions in Kettle not Mash

    I have a quick question, when adding salts to kettle instead of the mash (for flavor instead of adjustments) should I add at the beginning or end of boil? If for beginning of boil, do I calculate for boil-off and add more salts? Say calculate for 7 gallons instead of 5? I feel like end of boil...