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Offline greatplainsbrewer

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Best bitter water profile
« on: May 27, 2017, 09:57:34 PM »
Brewing a best bitter tomorrow.  I'm a long time Bruunwater user-thanks Martin- but Im a little leery of the Pale Ale profile on this one.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Is that amount of sulfate OK on this style?

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Re: Best bitter water profile
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 10:45:55 PM »
While the Pale Ale profile with its 300 ppm sulfate content could be fine for a Bitter, you might want to start at a lesser content until you understand where your preference lies.  At a minimum, I recommend at least 100 ppm sulfate for that style and I think you'll find that roughly double that content is still desirable.
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Re: Best bitter water profile
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 10:56:21 PM »
So the PA profile with 200 ppm sulfate?  Would you change any other mineral levels?

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Re: Best bitter water profile
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 06:55:15 PM »
Really depends on what you want the mouthfeel and dryness to be. I have had good luck with 200ppm sulfate and anywhere from 50-100ppm chloride.  Lower for dryer, higher for "sweeter".

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Re: Best bitter water profile
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 02:10:43 AM »
I like this profile for bitters:

50-100 ppm Ca, 0-15 ppm Mg, 20-40 ppm Na, 100-150 ppm sulfate, 50-80 ppm Chloride

If starting with soft water, just gypsum and sea salt/canning salt can be used.

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Re: Best bitter water profile
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 12:08:56 PM »
I like this profile for bitters:

50-100 ppm Ca, 0-15 ppm Mg, 20-40 ppm Na, 100-150 ppm sulfate, 50-80 ppm Chloride

If starting with soft water, just gypsum and sea salt/canning salt can be used.

Calcium chloride is a better option than salt.