So for two packs together, would you suggest a smaller starter? 1L? I was thinking of doing 1.5L w/ two packs cuz its just this one 1.056-1.059 beer i plan to make.
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I think it looks great. Foreign Export is crazy overlooked and underappreciated. That's a big one, but it'll be great - I like around 1.068ish. All I would do is drop the midnight wheat and up the roasted barley to .75 lbs to balance the crystal. Enjoy !
Another thing to consider is the gas tank. There is no need, in my opinion, to get a shiny new aluminum tank because it's going to get swapped out at some point.
One other question I had was on Water for this IPA. I live in Brooklyn so our water is pretty soft. I just picked up John Palmer's book on Water to get a better understanding of what water additions are appropriate for my beer, still have much to read. Suggestions on what I should add and when I should add it? Had gypsum in the kettle.
This is the Water profile I get from the city, averages obviously.
pH - 7.3
Calcium - 5.8
Chloride - 9
Phosphate - 2.3
Sulfate - 4.4
Magnesium - 1.3
What are your suggestions? Add 5grams gysum? Calcium? When: Mash or Kettle? I want my hops to be profiled and add a bit of dryness without say mashing at 148 and getting a thin beer. thinking about 150-151.
Welcome your suggestions.
I highly recommend downloading Bru'nWater. It has a 'Pale Ale Profile' that will lay out the amounts of gypsum to add based on your batch size and grist makeup, to achieve a good pH (first and foremost) and secondly to get the level of dryness that you and I like in IPA. Using gypsum will also raise your calcium level btw, which you need since yours is low.