HOMEBREW Digest #5477 Sun 28 December 2008

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 13:43:42 +0000 (UTC) From: Fred Scheer <fredscheer07 at comcast.net> Subject: HELLO ALL Merry Christmas to all of you and a Happy New Year. Fred & Trish Scheer UPDATE: Responses to my request about Bottle conditioning procedure and priming sugars. 125 Homebrewers (off and on the Forum) 12 Brewpubs and Micros Please keep the emails coming about the subject. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 11:25:02 -0800 From: "Keith Christian" <keithchristian at roadrunner.com> Subject: Water Hi Jeff, Thanks for the info on using StarSan with softened water. I thought that my softened water would not be appropriate for sanitizing or brewing. What I have been doing with some success is use RO water for Pale beers and add a couple gallons of tap water for dark beers. My brewing setup has evolved and I am not sure of what effects each change has had on the final outcome. But before living in Anaheim, I was able to brew both pale and dark beers using my tap water. I miss those days. I may try adding softened water in place of the couple gallons of tap water. Thanks, Keith Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:45:32 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <jsrenner at umich.edu> Subject: Re: Water "Keith Christian" <keithchristian at roadrunner.com> wrote: > My Anaheim CA water is unbelievably hard. When sanitizing, I have > been using RO water with StarSan. I want to use my tap water that has > gone through the water softener instead. Will that work alright? I > want to stop using the RO water for sanitizing. If your water has temporary hardness, i.e., it contains bicarbonate ions rather than sulfate ions, then your softened water will still have a high level of alkalinity. This means that StarSan made up with softened water will still sanitize, but it won't keep long. StarSan is effective as long as it is clear (and of proper concentration, of course). It will go cloudy if the pH rises too high. It's not hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) per se that causes StarSan to go cloudy and ineffective, but the alkalinity from the bicarbonate ions typically associated with the calcium and magnesium. A water softener does not affect the alkalinity of water. It substitutes sodium ions for calcium and magnesium ions. It doe not change the anions associated with the sodium and magnesium. RO water is cheap enough that I use it to make up StarSan and it keeps for weeks. Jeff - --- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, jsrenner at umich.edu "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
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