Not many homebrewers test mash pH but it can actually have a big impact on the finished beer. pH meters are available at Barley's. Otherwise, some pH test strips can get the job done! Also helpful for testing the acidity of sour beers.
Water is generally considered "soft" if it contains 0-60 mg/L of dissolved minerals, specifically Calcium and Magnesium. A review of New Westminster's water quality report for November 2011 indicates that the level of dissolved Calcium and Magnesium, combined, is about 1.3 mg/L After inquiring with Metro Vancouver, I discovered that the alkalinity as CaCo3 (Calcium … Continue reading Soft Water