Brewing Water and Mash pH with Bob Hall – BeerSmith Podcast #61

by Brad Smith on June 19, 2013 · 2 comments

This week my guest is Bob Hall. Bob shares with us some great tips for managing your brewing water and mash pH. Bob teaches biology and ecology at the University of Wyoming and has been homebrewing for 23 years.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (35:56)

  • Bob Hall is this week’s guest. Bob has been homebrewing for 23 years, and is a Grandmaster Beer Judge. He teaches ecology and biology at the University of Wyoming.
  • Dr Hall explains the relationship between freshwater ecology and brewing beer
  • We talk about why pH is so important in brewing better beer – especially in the mash
  • Bob tells us why most groundwater is alkaline
  • We discuss the control of pH in the mash and some methods for measuring and controlling pH.
  • Bob also talks about the use of darker grains to control mash pH
  • We talk about the use of buffers such as 5.2 stabilizer to control pH
  • Residual alkalinity is explained and Bob offers some advice on alkalinity and residual alkalinity
  • We finish by discussing some additional tips for making better beer

Thanks to Bob Hall for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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