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Offline Nica118

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Adding Minerals To Water.
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:07:52 AM »
Hey guys!

I have a quick question.
I finally got my water report from WARD.
My water report is as follows:

Water pH 7.8
Sodium 34
Potassium 4
Calcium 85
Magnesium 23
Tatal Hardness 308
Nitrate: 8.4
Sulfate (204-s) 23
Chloride 35
Bicarbonate 256
CaCO3 211

My question is, when should I add the minerals? Before mash or during mash? Or should I add it to the sparge water?
Specifically when brewing an IPA.

All my other beers taste great, but IPA's lack that hop pop.
Thanks!


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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 10:09:00 AM »
You can add any brewing salts to both the mash and sparge water.
Recommend that you download a copy of Brunwater if you don't already have a program to calculate the amounts of salts to use based on your water.
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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 10:46:37 AM »
Along with the salts, that water is going to need some acid for a big pale beer.


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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 04:13:27 PM »
Unfortunately your water is pretty bad.  Bad enough acid is not an option.  I bet your beer improves immensely using RO water and I'd recommend looking into a softening and RO system for the house if you have the funds.   
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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 04:40:34 PM »
 I don't know if it is so bad it can't be used. Pre-boiling could help reduce the hardness and dilution might be an economical compromise.

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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 05:20:43 PM »
You should be adding the salts to your mash water to get your pH down, but you will still need acid for your mash and your sparge.  Your water is workable for pale ales per Bru'n Water, but you'll need Bru'n Water or similar tool to figure out how much acid you need.

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Re: Adding Minerals To Water.
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 05:30:22 PM »
My local city water profile isn't great either, I mix spring water that I buy in 2.5 gallon jugs at my local grocery store 50/50 with my city water. Usually I'll fill a 5 gallon bucket with my city water the day before I brew, and let it sit out to allow the chlorine to dissipate. I've had good results with this method.