Water

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ECH
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Water

Post #1 by ECH » 3 weeks ago

Having never played around with my water profile when brewing, it has peaked my interest recently.

Water test at RPC for what I need is $130.....ummm, no.

Thought about contacting Niche to see if they would share theirs, as they are just up the street from me, but don't know if they use ground water, or distilled/RO, plus the way the house is set up, all of the water goes through a water softener before going out to the rest of the house (including the garden hose), just the way it was set up when we moved in.

So, a few questions.

When it calls for Epsom Salts.....is that the same thing as my wife sometimes uses in her bath water? Only ingredient it says on the bottle is Magnesium Sulphate (MgSO4), so I assume this is the same as what I could buy at a brewing store. If so, will just steal some from my wife's stash.

Baking soda....straight forward, and I know there is some in the cupboard.

Table salt....ditto

Gypsum & Calcium Chloride seems to be the only things I would have to buy.

Since the water test is pricey, I will be buying some RO water from one of the stores around here, but what profile in Beersmith would I use for say a NEIPA?

From what I can see there is a Hoppy Pale Ale, Light & Hoppy, then there is the 3 Yellow ones, Balanced, Dry and Full (all under 6 SRM)

Fairly simple otherwise with the software, plug in your starting water, what you are trying to emulate and hit match and it adds the ingredients and amounts you need to the recipe.
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Re: Water

Post #2 by Reignman » 2 weeks ago

I don't use Beersmith ECH. I started with the recipes from www.theelectricbrewery.com. He has all the water profiles included with each one. I use Bru'n Water and 100% RO water.
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Re: Water

Post #3 by brhenrio » 2 weeks ago

I also use Kals recipes as a base for my water profile and use online tools. Invest in a good scale though, a gram could make a big differencewith certain salts. And for NaCl, ensure you dont use iodized salt, and you probably wont need it anyways you will get enough chloride from CaCl.
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Post #4 by ECH » 2 weeks ago

OK, I plugged the Electric City profiles into BS3 (the new BS3 makes it a lot easier than BS 2 was, choose your source water, target water, and the software does the rest).

Scale isn't an issue, as I have one for my business for sending parcels and it can be switched to gram mode going out to 3 decimal places.

Salt in the house is all sea salt, so no issues with iodized.
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Post #5 by brhenrio » 2 weeks ago

I heard it is much improved. Kind of wish i had a computer for it.
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Re: Water

Post #6 by hawkbox » 1 week ago

Epsom Salts are just the bath ones yup.
I get Gypsum from the local Chinese Grocery.
Calcium Chloride is pickle crisp for canning, I find it at Canadian Tire.
Edmonton has a water report published regularly so it's pretty easy to get numbers, they just don't always match name wise.

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