5.2 pH Stabilizer (1 lb)

5.2 pH Stabilizer (1 lb)

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Never worry about pH again! One tablespoon of 5.2 per 5 gallon batch and your water is instantly adjusted to the perfect pH of 5.2, no matter what your starting pH was. It will not add any flavors to your mash water whatsoever. 5.2 optimizes the enzymatic activity of your malt, helps to clarify the wort, and may even help to raise your starting gravities. Also, using 5.2 in the boil will give you more consistent hop usage, and will also keep hard water salts in solution, which will result in less scaling in your heat exchangers, fermenters, and kegs. If you are doing all-grain you add it to your mash water - 1 tablespoon per 5 gallon batch regardless of mash water volume. You do not need to add any extra to your Hot-Liquor tank or Boil Kettle.

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Weight 1 LBS
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3.7 / 5.0
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Rated 4 out of 5
The Description oversells it but it seems to work as a mild pH buffer
I mixed 200g of room temp water and 0.53g of acid blend (malic and tartaric) to a pH of 3.2 -- I added 5x recommended at rate of 1tbsp/1gallon (1.16g of buffer as I measured 1 tbsp as 22 grams so used ~ 22g/3785g water).

This maybe raised the pH by 0.2, I added to 4x that amount (so 20x) and that brought me up to about 4.0... adding 0.4g of sodium bicarbonate got me to 5.2 from there. I think that if you are within a couple of points pH this probably will nudge you in the right direction - but it DOES NOT "instantly adjust(ed) to the perfect pH of 5.2" -- that's just not how chemistry works.

I cannot say if this is good or bad for brewing, I think a small amount probably doesn't hurt anything and will likely nudge you towards 5.2 pH -- but it will not fix a significant pH imbalance. I plan to use it at normal dose for brewing just to give a light buffer effect but will still pre-adjust my pH to be in the ballpark.
testing pH buffer results
testing pH buffer results
November 22, 2021
Rated 1 out of 5
Did nothing for me.
Added the tablespoon, as prescribed, and no changes in my mash. Same efficiency as I got using gypsum. However I do have soft water.
December 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Don't know if I need this, but the beer tastes great
I've read a bit on fussing with water and haven't made the plunge to do it. I use this as my lazy way of pretending to care about water. My filtered water tastes good and the beer that results is great.

I'm not terribly interested in cloning beers anymore, so matching someone's water profile isn't terribly interesting to me.
May 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Only 4 stars because I don't know if it really works
I started using this years ago and still do it out of habit. Does it work? I'm not really sure. I've brewed good award winning beer with it and without it but when I'm brewing a batch of beer and am not already doing my own water chemistry, I toss it in. I take the attitude that it can't hurt. I've researched the efficacy of this product and there are mixed feelings about it.
May 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
Used 5 times
I bought this on a Beerdeal but all I have right now are pH strips that aren't super accurate so I am not sure if it actually works or not. I have been using it in IPA's and once in a stout but I don't feel it is necessary in the stouts so I quit using it for stout brews.
May 5, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
Please save your $
this product will do what its says to your water. keep in mind the grain you are using for the most part will do the same thing. you do not need this for brewing beer. Ph is a part of Brewing but this product does not truly do anything. Dark malts have what you need aswell as Acidulated malt for light beers.
January 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
It's a no brainer
I add it to my mash and have never had an issue
May 31, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
Didn't notice a difference.
I used 5.2ph stabilizer for the first time on an IPA that I have brewed many times. I checked the mash out PH and it was 5.2. I didn't notice a difference in the taste of the IPA. I'll try it a few more times on different beers an see if I taste any difference.
May 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
great product
I like to use this since water in my area is really bad I get water from a machine and add this stabilizer and I have never had a problem with a batch of home brew
May 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
Use it for lagers
I use this for my lagers but not for my ales. I tried it in a couple of ales and didn't notice much difference. But in my lager, I think it helps it finish cleaner.
May 14, 2014