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Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 15:44
by CraftyTim
What's the range for brewing Stout, how much affect does it have on end product from a dry to a sweet stout?

Re: Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 17:33
by BigYin
Do you normally treat your water?

Here in bonny scotland I've never needed to - water's water here :lol: :whistle:

Re: Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 18:47
by CraftyTim
BigYin wrote:Do you normally treat your water?

Here in bonny scotland I've never needed to - water's water here :lol: :whistle:


I have to, with a starting 240ppm this time of year, the mash struggles to get below 5.7 pH and my ales can end up with some astringency and harsh bitterness and conversion suffers, I aim for 100ppm for dark bitter type beers, which puts the mash around 5.4 pH. Calcium is already at 125ppm which is ideal.

Re: Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 21:05
by Aleman
I normally go between 80-125 depending on just how much dark/crystal malt is in the grist

Re: Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 21:24
by GrowlingDog
I like a good Full stout, I used to use plenty of dark crystals. It was the one thing I could brew with absolutely no water treatment. Essex finest did an excellent job at about 180.

Re: Stout Alkilinity

PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:40
by BarnsleyBrewer
Never bother with AMS when brewing stouts... Need to add around 0.8ml per litre tho for blonde ales.