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Offline greg_rosace

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When building water...
« on: June 01, 2010, 08:25:02 AM »
Can I use my specific style built RO water for both the mash and sparge?
I think Im going to try Moshers ideal Pale ale water recipe for my IPA?
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Re: When building water...
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010, 08:26:18 AM »
I just adjust water for the mash and use "plain" water for the sparge.
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Re: When building water...
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010, 08:32:13 AM »
I guess it depends. For IPA my water is pretty much ready to go as is so I am not building my water at all, only adding a little sulfate to the mash. But for my pale beers such as kolsch I adjust the minierals in the mash but blend RO water with my tap water at a 4:1 ratio, RO to tap. In my case I am using the minerals mostly to adjust pH (and for a little mineral character as well) but I would not use my straight tap water to sparge my kolsch because I want all the water to be soft. Won't matter as much with an IPA.
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Re: When building water...
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 08:33:44 AM »
My water is not doing what I want in my finished beers.
Especially in the when I wnat to accentuate malt and bitterness ratios.
I'm afraid if I use my tap water to sparge.. which is generally 50% of my volume. I still may not get those reults I want to achieve?
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Re: When building water...
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 10:06:06 AM »
Greg,

Check out the water profile for Tampa.  You may need to go online or call up your local water company.
A bunch of water profiles are posted on "post your water report."
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1887.0

Then build your water profile accordingly.  I suspect you have very alkaline water and a poor Cl:SO4 ratio that leans very bitter.

You'll likely end up using a significant % (50% or more) of RO water and Calcium Chloride salts (with smaller amounts of the others) to make your liquor.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2010, 10:11:17 AM by richardt »

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Re: When building water...
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2010, 12:34:02 PM »
Thanks
Too bad Tampa water isnt posted. I'll be sure to do so when I get my results back.
I'm shiping out my water to Wards tomorrow.
Since I have all of my salts now, I might s well wait for the results and adjust my tap water.
I was thinking it would be easier to build my water from scratch, but I really dont want the hassel of hauling water around town.
We'll see.
Im really looking forward to fixin' my water and make better beer!
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Re: When building water...
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2010, 02:00:43 PM »
Unfortunately, most "Water Quality Reports" are worthless from a homebrewer's standpoint, as evidenced by Tampa's water quality report
http://www.tampagov.net/dept_Water/files/Annual_Report_and_CCR/2009_water_quality_report.pdf
Specific questions about Tampa’s drinking water may be referred to Tampa Water Quality Assurance Officer or Water Quality Laboratory Supervisor at (813) 231- 5253 or (813) 231-5233.  Tell them you're more interested in the secondary standards (or Aesthetic Standards) like Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chloride, Sulfate, bicarbonate, alkalinity, pH.

Also, check out your local homebrew club http://www.tampabaybeers.org/.  They're a pretty good bunch of brewers--you'd do well to hang out with them.  Welcome to the hobby/obsession!