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Offline brewmichigan

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Water for a cream ale
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:55:09 AM »
I was hoping to get some feedback on my water and how I should adjust to a cream ale recipe. The cream ale will be pretty basic with two row as the base with a couple pounds of flaked maize and I'm going to add some munich for a little color and some body. My water is as follows:

Ca - 30
Mg - 8
Na- 13
SO4 - 31
Cl - 10
Bicarbonates (HCO3) - 106

I've used Bru'n Water and I got it to a point where the ph will be low enough but to do so I had to dilute 75% with RO and add 3.8 grams of SO4 to the mash and 3 grams to the sparge. And add 2.5 grams of CaCl2 to the mash and 2 grams to the sparge. This seems like quite a bit for just a cream ale that I've already diluted 75% with RO water. This also puts my RA way low, will that have any affect on the finished product?
Mike --- Flint, Michigan

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Re: Water for a cream ale
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 10:39:24 AM »
I would not be worried about a low RA for a Cream Ale. The water for the Pils I brew is in the negative RA territory.
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Re: Water for a cream ale
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 11:14:58 AM »
Thanks Jeff. That's what I was most worried about was the negative RA.
Mike --- Flint, Michigan