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Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« on: April 09, 2021, 01:38:08 PM »
I've read that adding non-iodized salt adds fullness and roundness to the taste, but can it be added at any point in the process?  I believe Dave in Two Rivers, WI has mentioned adding his to the bottling bucket.  I intended to do that on my last batch, but forgot and now the beer is in the bottles.

I do BIAB and treat my water with calcium chloride and gypsum at the mash stage.  Could the table salt be added then?  It would make it easier for me to remember because I have a "procedure sheet" I prepare and follow for each batch.  Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2021, 01:45:37 PM »
I have not used regular salt or non-iodized salt in quite some time.  But honestly, you can add salt any time you want, up to and including in the glass when you drink the beer!  Some people add a pinch of salt to every glass and enjoy it better that way.  Otherwise, typically it is probably added either in the mash tun or in the kettle.  It really doesn't matter.  If you think you need salt, add some to taste, whenever you want.  Personally I don't do much with salts anymore, but of course feel free to play around with it and see what YOU like best.

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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2021, 02:24:47 PM »
My dad always added salt to a glass of beer.  Knocked out carbonation and made it sweeter.
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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2021, 02:28:05 PM »
I agree with Dave, above - it can be added at any point. If added in the mash you just need to account for how it may slightly affect the mash pH (likely not much)- a water mineral and mash pH calculator will give you a pretty good idea what to expect. Experimenting with adding various amounts to a glass of finished beer seems a good way to get a sense of whether or at what point you may perceive some difference in the beer and where the threshold is that it begins to taste unpleasantly salty.
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I add it (and other salts not used to control pH in the mash tun) to the boil kettle calculated on anticipated post boil volume.


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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2021, 04:52:09 PM »
I target approximately 50ppm of Sodium in my beers. I add kosher salt with all my other water adjustments the night before I brew based on my brewing software. In my system that amounts to 1.5g in 17 liters of brewing liquor to start.
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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2021, 06:25:31 PM »
I use my softened tap water which has 65ppm of sodium. I feel its just right, helping the malt flavor come through.
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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2021, 07:36:55 PM »
I always add a touch of sea salt. In my Czech Pils for example I add 1g which adds 8.5ppm sodium and 13.4 ppm chloride according to software program. It def adds a roundness or a smoothness to beer. I add it to the mash water.

On another note, my brother inlaw is a lifetime dedicated miller lite in a can guy. He adds table salt to each one he drinks!

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I think the best time to add those is after I'm done drinking it ;D

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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2021, 12:58:24 PM »
These kinds of things are sold at the check out counter at convenience stores. I guess they’re popular otherwise they wouldn’t be there.


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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2021, 01:14:37 PM »
I agree with Dave, above - it can be added at any point. If added in the mash you just need to account for how it may slightly affect the mash pH (likely not much)- a water mineral and mash pH calculator will give you a pretty good idea what to expect.

AFAICT, all of such software totally ignores any potential for pH shift impact coming from NaCl.  I know for certain that mine does.

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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2021, 05:12:03 PM »
I agree with Dave, above - it can be added at any point. If added in the mash you just need to account for how it may slightly affect the mash pH (likely not much)- a water mineral and mash pH calculator will give you a pretty good idea what to expect.

AFAICT, all of such software totally ignores any potential for pH shift impact coming from NaCl.  I know for certain that mine does.
Being a salt of a strong acid and a strong base, NaCl should have a negligible effect on pH. The pH of a solution of sodium chloride is 7.

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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2021, 12:49:54 PM »
NaCl will not change your pH in any detectable way.  That's why software ignores it.
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Re: Is there a "best time" to add non-iodized salt to your beer?
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2021, 02:05:26 PM »
NaCl will not change your pH in any detectable way.  That's why software ignores it.

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