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USING ACID MALT

While Beer is 90-97% water, it is a very tricky subject.

Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby mark1964 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 21:10

ill re use the waste water im planning on getting a tds meter to see when the filters need replacing its so easy to adjust the water from an RO unit alot less bother than my unpredictable water supply

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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby Aleman » Mon Aug 29, 2016 07:17

It is easy to deal with an unpredictable supply, it does require regular analysis of water samples for a time, but when you factor in the running costs of an RO unit let alone the purchase price, that outlay is reasonable.

My alkalinity varies between 16 and 135 and calcium between 20 and 70. All I do is use a alkalinity test and a TCS reading to allow me to make a very educated guess at what today's brewing water contains. . . . Oddly enough it actually agrees with the same water sent for analysis pretty closely.

Frankly if you can taste the difference between water containing 150mBar of sulphate and one with 200 your taste buds are way better than mine :)
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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby mark1964 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 08:41

As ive started using Bru n Water ive found that using my existing water is very difficult to balance. I have the figures from Yorkshire water which no doubt are inaccurate. I have to use the min average and high results to even get close to a profile and even then im having to add vast amounts of acid malt to the mash to get the Ph anywhere near correct. I think an RO unit will help with this as ill have pure water to start with so can build up a profile from there using salts and acid.

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Re: USING ACID MALT

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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby mark1964 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:56

Your probably right Tony im brewing a pale ale tomorrow and ive used my tap water for the brew. Ive also used bru n water for the calculations. Its just the 3 different figures from the water report that get me if i enter the lowest figures i can balance the cation/anion ratio within 0.4 of each other but because the water alkilinity differs so much. Then because the water wont balance i have to mess around entering the average figures then the highest to make it balance. Then theres the problem of reducing the mash and sparge liquor to the right PH levels. The sparge i can do with acid but the mash is more difficult even with the salts added to within bru n waters limits. So i use acid malt to sort that. This way of using bru n water is what ive been advised to do off a mate so im only following what they have told me. I will get my water analyzed by wally in the next 2 weeks as i think its a must. Maybe you have convinced me that a RO unit is not a good idea after all and yes were on a water meter lol.

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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby orlando » Fri Sep 09, 2016 14:24


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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby HTH1975 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 19:39

Just get a water analysis from Murphys (via BrewUK) - it's £30 and they send you a breakdown of your existing water profile versus what you want for various styles, with the appropriate salts to add to achieve this. Easy peasy. I've seen a big improvement in my beers since doing this.

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Re: USING ACID MALT

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Re: USING ACID MALT

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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby Aleman » Fri Sep 09, 2016 20:15

Only probably?
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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby andysale » Sun Oct 23, 2016 13:56

Sorry to raise an old topic
But where can you get a Wallybrews water report from, mention in above posts.
I've searched the web with no results
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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby Goulders » Sun Oct 23, 2016 14:02

You need to PM him on here or enquiries@phoenix-analytical.co.uk
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Re: USING ACID MALT

Postby andysale » Sun Oct 23, 2016 14:03

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