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Title: Water additives
Post by: markok on November 23, 2012, 02:26:32 PM
Does anyone have consider water chemistry? If so what kind of ion additives do you use and why? The local beer supply house tells me I don't need to open that can of worms.
Thanks
Title: Re: Water additives
Post by: grathan on November 24, 2012, 10:09:46 AM
Probably only with all-grain beers it would matter to pay attention.

I brewed my last batch with distilled water (close to 0 ions) and added tsp calcium chloride (needed by yeast I think) and some acid malt to lower the mash ph. I was convinced my well water was ruining my beers so I sent it out to have it tested by a lab and it turned out to be very high in bicarbonate 209 ppm. So now I plan on adding one more process to brew day to combat my water situation.

Some links on water that I have found useful lately.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-4.html
https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/
http://www.netplaces.com/home-brewing/water-ninety-five-percent-of-your-beer/basic-water-chemistry.htm
http://byo.com/stories/article/indices/18-brewing-science/1525-the-power-of-ph
http://www.ezwatercalculator.com/


Title: Re: Water additives
Post by: markok on December 01, 2012, 03:17:44 PM
Thanks Ill check these out.