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Title: Water profile vs Bru'n Water
Post by: pintabone on June 22, 2018, 07:20:25 AM
When trying to adjust the water profile in Beersmith 3, I'm getting significantly different lactic acid additions between BS3 and Bru'n Water. BS3 is suggesting 10ml to achieve a mash pH of 5.3 while Bru'n Water is suggest about 4ml. The chloride and sulfate additions are reasonably close so it appears that everything else is consistent except the acid addition.

Anyone encounter this yet or is there something that I may just clearly be missing?
Title: Re: Water profile vs Bru'n Water
Post by: GigaFemto on June 22, 2018, 08:42:06 AM
Yes, BeerSmith recommends much more acid than BrunWater. That was true in BS2 and continues in BS3. Here is a post where Brad lists the reference he used to come up with his numbers. Personally, I have found BrunWater to be very close, and using the BeerSmith recommended amounts would be way too much for me.


http://www.beersmith.com/forum/index.php/topic,16709.0/topicseen.html

--GF
Title: Re: Water profile vs Bru'n Water
Post by: BOB357 on June 22, 2018, 09:32:04 AM
Also, as I stated in another post, BS adds baking soda in most all of the water profiles. I delete it out and find that the acid additions are pretty reasonable. I see no reason to use baking soda and acid.
Title: Re: Water profile vs Bru'n Water
Post by: GigaFemto on June 22, 2018, 05:03:42 PM
The reason to use baking soda in addition to acid is if you want to increase the sodium content without adding chloride. My water starts with a pH of 9.3-9.6, so I certainly don't need anything to push it higher, and often need acid to make it lower. Baking soda is not something I use very often, but my water is also low on sodium so there are times when I add some for that purpose.

--GF