Thanks for all the responses so far.
This time around, I’m trying the La Petite Orange kit from NB. Based on the description, I believe it would be a balanced or malty amber as far as the Bru’n Water program is concerned. I haven’t begun to address mash pH yet, but that was the next planned step.
Thanks, Denny. I’ll take your word for that.
[quote=“jd14t”]Back off Sulfate/Chloride and add Pickling lime to the mash to get the calcium up where you want it.
Cations/Anions don’t necessarily have to be equivalent (as displayed in the spreadsheet).
What you have will work, depending on what you’re brewing, calcium levels don’t really need to be too high.[/quote]
[quote=“mattnaik”]Wow, lots of sodium in your water.
It really depends on what type of beer you are trying to make. If it’s a hoppy/bitter beer, boost it with Gypsum (Sulfate is desirable in bitter beers). If it’s more malt focused, use CaCl2. In fact I will never use both Gypsum and CaCl2 in the same beer.
Don’t worry about matching hardness as this is just a measure of how much Mg and Ca is in the water.
Also, there really isnt much of a need to actually “match” bicarbonate to a profile. This is just a measure of the alkalinity. For this column your concern is more the room temp mash pH on the next tab instead of just trying to match a specific number.
Also, you don’t appear to have any acid addition. Are you planning on using acidulated malt to control mash pH or just gonna wing it and take measurements and add as needed?[/quote]
If I can live with lower levels of Ca, that certainly helps a bit. I’m not sure why I hadn’t considered pickling lime (perhaps I was concerned about my Bicarbonate levels going through the roof). If I tried using pickling lime as my only addition it might look something like this:
- 50% Dilution to put the Mg, Na, SO4, Cl2 “in the green”
- Add 1/8 gram/gal Pickling Lime to bring Ca to roughly the level deemed acceptable by Denny
- Continue on to learning about mash pH and how to work with bicarbonate levels around 100 ppm
Does this look better?