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Title: Water Salts in beer?
Post by: wingnut on September 29, 2011, 08:59:19 PM
Just brewed an American Brown Ale, and the resulting beer just does not have the "hop pop" I am looking for.  However, I tried adding some gypsum to a glass, and the flavor sharpened quite a bit.

Is there any reason I should not make a salt addition to the keg? Will the salt even dissolve?

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Water Salts in beer?
Post by: majorvices on September 29, 2011, 09:02:50 PM
Low pH has a lot to do with why minerals dissolve so it might work, though I have never personally tried it.
Title: Re: Water Salts in beer?
Post by: hoser on September 29, 2011, 09:20:44 PM
Yes, the gypsum will dissolve in the beer.   I would add a known quantity of gypsum to a known quantity of beer and titrate until you get the level to where you want it and then scale it up to your current batch size. 
Title: Re: Water Salts in beer?
Post by: wingnut on September 29, 2011, 09:28:22 PM
Yes, the gypsum will dissolve in the beer.   I would add a known quantity of gypsum to a known quantity of beer and titrate until you get the level to where you want it and then scale it up to your current batch size. 

Perfect!  I will get my gram scale and graduated cyl. out!  My first test of just sprinkling a little salt into a glass and adding beer.... left quite a bit of undissolved salt in the bottom of the glass, but I very well could have just added too much for the beer or not given the proper time/agitation to dissolve.   

Thanks!