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Offline lonnie mac

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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2009, 12:17:41 PM »
I know St Arnold here also uses RO... The system is just mind blowing. One of the reasons I went to RO was because at a brew-in there one day, we all had free use of the 2" RO hose...


lonnie - so if I read you correctly, you're saying that since you were able to do it that day, the results were so great that you made the switch?

Ah! I should have explained... No, because that beer came out horrible! :) It was due to several things though, I had hastily measured all my chemicals out using a bathroom scale I guess because they were all way wrong, it was a typical outdoor windy brew day, and I didn't pitch for some time later...

But I did learn control after that. Just another level that we can go. And since my water really taste bad anyway, I can no longer blame my bad beer on it now that I am using RO.

Mufasa has his office here at St Arnold, and indeed consistency has a major role to play as SA contract brews all of our BJ's in the south.

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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2009, 12:31:21 PM »
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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2009, 12:40:27 PM »
Kai, once again a big thank you!  Your desire to experiment, document and share your results with all of us is quite simply astounding.

I like to experiment with a variety of beer styles, which means I have to be willing to play with water chemistry.  The local craft & micro breweries do a good job at representing UK style ales and are being more adventurous with hoppy beers.  So, if I want to know what different styles/regions have to offer, I have to try and brew them myself - and try to get the water at least somewhere in the ballpark.

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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2009, 11:36:11 AM »

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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2009, 06:38:57 AM »
I'm generally OK with the city water (-chlorine). So for my fresh hopped IIPA I decided to do my first water adjustments. To this John Palmer will say "Finally, about time!"

However, the chloride is so high from road salt the necessary Sulfate additions from Epson Salts would have pushed it into the diuretic zone. That's not a good thing for beer. So I toned down the ratio to a less toxic version. IIRC I got it balanced.

The proper thing would be to do about 50% RO water and then have the ratio 1:2 the other way. But it was late, and the idea of buying 10 gallons of distilled water was offensive to my incredibly thin wallet.
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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2009, 10:37:11 AM »
That's my guess, too.  Generally, the water is fairly soft and not noxious!

I'm lucky in that my well water is fantastic for both brewing and drinking.

Yeah Denny, the profile of your well is pretty ideal.  Our well water has very little of anything in it and I always felt that our beers were a bit harsh.  We started adjusting the water about a year ago and since then the beers have been much better.
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Re: Various water recipes
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2009, 10:39:11 AM »
Such are the vagaries of well water, huh, Tom?  You and I live just a few miles apart, but our water is really different.  On Teach Day, a couple other people who live close by mentioned that their efficiency was up to 10 points higher than normal.  We were speculating that it might be due to the change in water.
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