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Yesfan

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For those who use Brewfather, how are you making your water adjustments? I'm lost on some of this.

I'm brewing a pale ale that's going to be dry hopped. So in the water profile, I pick "Hoppy" as the target profile and it lists the salt additions as....

Hoppy: Ca2+ 110 Mg2+ 18 Na+ 16 Cl- 50 So4/2- 275 HCO3- 33

Under the style (American Pale Ale) those numbers look like their within their parameters, except for BiCarbonate (HCO3) at 33. The min/max for BiCarbonate is 40-120. So do I leave the amount at 33 or adjust to at least 40? Should that value be middle of the road (80)?

My gut tells me to trust the software, but towards the bottom I see where the beer is going to be "very dry or bitter (5.5)". Should I adjust the BiCarbonate (and/or other additions) to where the beer is more balanced, slightly dry/bitter, or dry/bitter? That kinda throws me off. I know too much salt additions and you taste it, so is there a rule of thumb for each of these additions? Do I go for the least amounts of salt additions or should each one be more centered between the minimum/maximum amounts? TIA....
 

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Under the style (American Pale Ale) those numbers look like their within their parameters, except for BiCarbonate (HCO3) at 33. The min/max for BiCarbonate is 40-120. So do I leave the amount at 33 or adjust to at least 40?

I don't use BrewFather, but there should really never be a target number for bicarbonate. It's something you either have to overcome with acidity, or increase if the mash pH would otherwise be too low. But unlike the other common brewing water ions, there's no reason to assign or chase any target for it.
 

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Hi Folks, Hope you are well?
I'm setting up my source water profile on Brewfather as figured it was time to move away from bottled water. Could anyone with experience check my attached - not sure if I've got it right or not so would appreciate an experienced set of eyes
 

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