The Total Water Solution is a Revolutionary step forward in All Grain Brewing Kits and is a Brew and Grow Minnesota Exclusive. No other Homebrew Store's kits address water chemistry. Every one of our 5 gallon All Grain Kits does! Here is why:
Water is the single largest ingredient in beer, and in All Grain Brewing, your water's chemistry must be right for the beer you are brewing. Things like pH, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chloride, Sulfate, and Bicarbonate must be correct for the beer that you are brewing.
There are many problems associated with having the wrong water chemistry, such as:
- Poor extract efficiency.
- Wrong pH.
- Lack of malt character.
- Lack of hop character or hops too harsh.
- Metallic taste.
- Off flavors from Chlorine or Chloramines commonly found in municipal water supplies.
- Poor yeast health from lack of nutrients.
- Water may be too hard causing off flavors.
- Darken your wort.
The benefits of proper water chemistry are:
- Mash pH between 5.2 and 5.6
- Ability to get the malt and hop character you want in the style of beer you are brewing.
- You can balance the malt and hops.
- You can accentuate malt or hops.
- Optimize your extract efficiency.
- Basically just make your beer taste better.
- Eliminate off flavors.
- Eliminate Chlorine and Chloramines.
- Correct wort color.
If all this chemistry talk is starting to give you a headache, no need to worry because our brewers have done the work for you. Here is how our Total Water Solution works.
The best way to adjust water chemistry is to start from a nearly blank slate, Reverse Osmosis water. With Reverse Osmosis water we know what is in it so we know how to manipulate it. We can't do that with tap, well, or spring water unless we know what's in it.
To use our Total Water Solution you will need to use Reverse Osmosis Water or RO water. You can buy RO water at many grocery stores for around $.40 cent per gallon so it is very inexpensive.
You will also need some basic ingredients to make the adjustments to your water. You will need Calcium Chloride, Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate), Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate), and Lactic Acid. We sell all of this in our Total Water Solution Kit for $7.99. There is probably enough ingredients in this kit to last you for around 15 batches of beer or more.
For every one of our All Grain Kits, our brewers have calculated the additions you will need to make to your water and have included them in the instructions for the Beer Kit. As you are following the kit instructions, when you see the Total Water Solution water additions just add the amounts shown to your water. Simple as that.
The Total Water Solution for every kit has been optimized for flavor, extract efficiency, and mash pH. Just make the additions shown in the instructions and you will not believe the quality of the beer you can brew!
The additions are measured in grams and milliliters. If you do not have a gram scale or a way to measure milliliters then you can convert grams and milliliters to teaspoons and come pretty close.
In Review, just use RO water, make the Total Water Solution additions in the instructions, and brew your best beer! It's that easy!