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Offline James

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Water Question
« on: February 06, 2019, 05:15:01 PM »
So I have a recipe I got from a brewery in the area for an awesome Hefe. I've just started with tweaking water and have a question about trying to match their water. They use RO water and the recipe says that they add 4:1 Calcium Chloride to Gypsum. I do not have access to RO water. How would I go about adjusting my water to match this, or approximate it. 

My Water:
Calcium: 59.1ppm
Magnesium: 6.06ppm
Sodium 69.4ppm
Sulfate 95.1ppm
Chloride: 59.3ppm
Bicarbonate 117.12ppm

I carbon block filter it before use.

Thanks.

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Re: Water Question
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 05:37:23 PM »
You could cut it with distilled water.

Ask what levels they target for Cl and SO4. Ratios don't tell that.
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Re: Water Question
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 07:20:24 PM »
You could cut it with distilled water.

Ask what levels they target for Cl and SO4. Ratios don't tell that.
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Re: Water Question
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 12:30:39 PM »
Your water isn't terrible for brewing, but its not ideal for a Hefe. Dilution is the best way to bring that water into a better range for brewing that style.
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Re: Water Question
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 12:34:06 PM »
Yep.  Cut with distilled.

The ratio concept continues to make me very sad every time I see it.
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Re: Water Question
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 03:11:14 PM »
50/50 dilution with distilled, more or less distilled?

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Re: Water Question
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 03:15:48 PM »
50/50 dilution with distilled, more or less distilled?

The brewery builds from RO to a target ppm. To hit that target you have to know the ppm.
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