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Offline Iliff Ave Brewhouse

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water for dunkel
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:53:13 PM »
Any tips?

Normally go with brown malty profile and a higher pH of 5.55 which seems to smooth out my darker beers.
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Re: water for dunkel
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »
The Dunkel I have on tap is ~14 SRM. I used Bru’n Water Amber Balanced.


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Re: water for dunkel
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 04:55:47 PM »
The Dunkel I have on tap is ~14 SRM. I used Bru’n Water Amber Balanced.


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Mine is 18 SRM which falls into "brown"
On Tap/Bottled: Maibock, Spiced Copper, Iliff IPA, G Pils

Fermenting: American Strong w/Cherry
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Re: water for dunkel
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 04:58:20 PM »
Lately I've been brewing Dunkels with water with 50ppm Ca, about 30-40ppm Na, 50ppm sulfate, and 80ppm chloride, and about 200ppm bicarbonate gets me a mash pH of about 5.55 (that will depend on your specific grist.)  I'm really liking the results.   This profile is merely the product of doing as little to my RO as possible to achieve proper mash pH and meet my low oxygen brewing requirements for metabisulfite.
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Re: water for dunkel
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 05:02:51 PM »
Lately I've been brewing Dunkels with water with 50ppm Ca, about 30-40ppm Na, 50ppm sulfate, and 80ppm chloride, and about 200ppm bicarbonate gets me a mash pH of about 5.55 (that will depend on your specific grist.)  I'm really liking the results.   This profile is merely the product of doing as little to my RO as possible to achieve proper mash pH and meet my low oxygen brewing requirements for metabisulfite.

So here is my current profile:
Ca - 45
Mg - 6
Na - 20
SO4 - 50
Cl - 60

bicarb - 92 (this is a figure that I've never understood it's impact)

I like what you have. I will probably bump up the Cl and Na closer to what you have. I really want to accentuate the malt.

« Last Edit: December 03, 2019, 05:11:33 PM by Iliff Ave Brewhouse »
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Re: water for dunkel
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 05:20:38 PM »
With Robert's feedback, I have come up with this.

Ca - 50
Mg - 6
Na - 31
SO4 - 50
Cl - 81
Bicarb - 99
estimated mash pH = 5.55

Seems like the extra Cl and Na will help achieve what I'm going for.
On Tap/Bottled: Maibock, Spiced Copper, Iliff IPA, G Pils

Fermenting: American Strong w/Cherry
Up Next: Red Rye, Dunkel