Water Profile for a Pilsner IPA

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Water Profile for a Pilsner IPA

Post by rjfvt » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:35 am

Hi, I want to brew my first all grain batch with pilsner / rye as a IPA. I am using BeerSmith2 software, I have a water test kit with the typical ingredients to make up my desired water profile after I run it through a RO.
My question is. What is the best water profile for a pilsner IPA? The following water profile is what I’ve put together based on what I’ve read:
Ca: 100
Mg: 20
SO4: 150
Na: 75
Cl: 75
HCO3: 50

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Re: Water Profile for a Pilsner IPA

Post by Brewtime » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:23 am

I would think you would build your water to accentuate the hops.
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Re: Water Profile for a Pilsner IPA

Post by BrewBum » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:51 am

Base it on the hops not the pilsner.

You want to watch the RA and without running the numbers I don't know what it is.
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Re: Water Profile for a Pilsner IPA

Post by rjfvt » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:44 pm

Hi, I made a few changes. I lowered the Mg, Na & Cl. I raised the SO4 a little. Please let me know if the changes are good and will also accentuate the hops.

I am going add a little hop to the boil and lots of dry hop. I want it to be an IPA most everyone will drink. I’m thinking an IBU of 50 with fruity tones. Not a big punch up front and then balanced fruity hop finish.

Old Profile
Ca: 100
Mg: 20
SO4: 150
Na: 75
Cl: 75
HCO3: 50

New Profile
Ca: 100
Mg: 10
SO4: 160
Na: 15
Cl: 50
HCO3: 150


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