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I have done a search but cant seem to find many amswers. Ive got a big rainwater tank and am starting to think about using it for my brews. Is there anything i should be doing to it before i use it. Or is straight up fine??

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Scotsman
 

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I use it straight from the tank to my HLT. Never had a problem. Great base water to build any mineral additions that you require.

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JJ
 

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For AG it's boiled so the bugs will be killed.

I'd say you'd wan't to add some Gypsum and Calcium Chloride to get the calcium up to 50ppm. What kind of beer are you making?
 

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For AG it's boiled so the bugs will be killed.

I'd say you'd wan't to add some Gypsum and Calcium Chloride to get the calcium up to 50ppm. What kind of beer are you making?

Will be making a Dr Smurto Landlord, i thought it would get boiled to kill any bugs when you do the boil anyway, so no need to preboil?

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rainwater is great for lagers and such as it hardly has any of the things added to tap water...

for making an ale with rainwater, you may want to look into building your water...
 

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Will be making a Dr Smurto Landlord, i thought it would get boiled to kill any bugs when you do the boil anyway, so no need to preboil?

Cheers
Scotsman
Sorry, didn't explain myself very well.
I don't see any need to preboil. As you say, it'll be boiled anyway.

Are you going to be using salts / worrying about pH? As Jimmy Jack said, it's a good base to build your mineral profile as you can basically assume pure water.

the reason i mentioned the 50ppm of calcium is it's benificial to the yeast.
 

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I'm on tank water which is made out of Poly and the roof of the shed is Zinculume.

Wes Smith worked out for me what i should be adding and he knows what he is talking about

23 Litre Batches

Burton on Trent
CaSO4 (calcium sulphate or gypsum) 15g
MgSO4 (magnesium sulphate or epsoms salts) 5g
CaCL2 (calcium chloride) 1.5g
Put all salts into mash

Pilsen
Leave water as is but add 0.5% of total grain bill Weyermann Acidulated malt to mash. Alternatively add 1.0ml of 85% Phosphoric acid to mash and sparge water.

General pale/ale style
CaSO4 (calcium sulphate or gypsum) 5g
MgSO4 (magnesium sulphate or epsoms salts) 1.0g
CaCL2 (calcium chloride) 1.0g
put all salts into mash


Stouts
3gms Caco3 (calcium carbonate)


No need to pre boil

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I'm on tank water which is made out of Poly and the roof of the shed is Zinculume.

Wes Smith worked out for me what i should be adding and he knows what he is talking about

23 Litre Batches

Burton on Trent
CaSO4 (calcium sulphate or gypsum) 15g
MgSO4 (magnesium sulphate or epsoms salts) 5g
CaCL2 (calcium chloride) 1.5g
Put all salts into mash

Pilsen
Leave water as is but add 0.5% of total grain bill Weyermann Acidulated malt to mash. Alternatively add 1.0ml of 85% Phosphoric acid to mash and sparge water.

General pale/ale style
CaSO4 (calcium sulphate or gypsum) 5g
MgSO4 (magnesium sulphate or epsoms salts) 1.0g
CaCL2 (calcium chloride) 1.0g
put all salts into mash


Stouts
3gms Caco3 (calcium carbonate)


No need to pre boil

Rook
Burton on trent is the water used for timothy landlord??

Where abouts do you guys get these salts from??

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Scotsman
 

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Kleiny

Hay rook when Wes worked out those additions did you take him a sample of your rain water or are they just general guidelines for building up rain water?
 

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I got mine from Beerbelly.
I'm down south, and it only costs $6 delivery. Not sure if they deliver up your way, but it's definitely worth a phone call if you want to go down this path.

I've attached a spreadsheet from John Palmer that's pretty handy in sorting out what to do.

I don't think it's essential to do for all beer styles, but i'm not an experienced English bitter brewer.

View attachment Acid_addition.xls
 

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Kleiny

Hay rook when Wes worked out those additions did you take him a sample of your rain water or are they just general guidelines for building up rain water?

Trav,

He worked it on the house having a Zinculume Roof and the tank being Poly...

If the tank was made out of concrete it would be different

Rook
 

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Pretty sure the water for TTLL is pretty soft,
 

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Trav,

He worked it on the house having a Zinculume Roof and the tank being Poly...

If the tank was made out of concrete it would be different

Rook
Gday Rook

I'm looking at the same setup soon, getting a poly tank for the shed and i've got a zinculume roof, Have you noticed an improvement in your beers ? I've really been hanging out to make an oatmeal stout but i've been put off by my soft water (probably just over thinking it i spose)
 

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Ok i just found a beersmith file for water in adelaide, how do i set it up so when i add burton on trent water to my recip[e it will tell me what i need to add??

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Ok i just found a beersmith file for water in adelaide, how do i set it up so when i add burton on trent water to my recip[e it will tell me what i need to add??

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I don't think beersmith can calculate it for you.
If you put the Adelaide profile in, and burton on trent as your target, then you can play around with the salts until the totals in the difference row are close to zero.

Al
 

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Do you mind chucking the beersmith file for adelaide water on? I wouldn't mind comparing it to mine. It's probalby a different resevior though.

Thanks,
Al
 

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Do you mind chucking the beersmith file for adelaide water on? I wouldn't mind comparing it to mine. It's probalby a different resevior though.

Thanks,
Al
Adelaide, SA
Calcium(Ca): 27.0 ppm
Magnesium(Mg): 14.0 ppm
Sodium(Na): 74.0 ppm
Sulfate(SO4): 59.0 ppm
Chloride (Cl): 123.0 ppm
Bicarbonate(HCO3): 66.0 ppm
PH: 7.4 PH

I still need to wrap my head around making additions.

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Theres a massive difference between Yorkshire (where Taylors is) water and Burton on Trent.

edit: I made a post earlier on today in the Landlord thread, discussing Yorkshire water.
 

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Yeah, the profile i have is pretty similar to that
Calcium (ppm) 24
Magnesium (ppm) 16
Alkalinity as CaCO3 49
Sodium (ppm) 54
Chloride (ppm) 125
Sulfate (ppm) 54
Water pH 7.3

John Palmers book "how to brew" has a decent explanation of it and a graph to help. And that spreadsheet i attached earlier in the thread is pretty handy to help get the pH right.

Cheers,
Al
 

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Yeah, the profile i have is pretty similar to that
Calcium (ppm) 24
Magnesium (ppm) 16
Alkalinity as CaCO3 49
Sodium (ppm) 54
Chloride (ppm) 125
Sulfate (ppm) 54
Water pH 7.3

John Palmers book "how to brew" has a decent explanation of it and a graph to help. And that spreadsheet i attached earlier in the thread is pretty handy to help get the pH right.

Cheers,
Al

I couldnt get the graph to load on my computer properlly
 
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