I wanted to recreate that lovely and distinctive minerally quality of British beer in an authentic English Best Bitter. Should have left well enough alone. The beer, now known (not so affectionately as) 'Old Salty' is exactly that: just plain salty. It does not have that nice mineral quality, but it does have saltiness in spades. Oy.
Rather than dial back the salts even further I think I will just brew with the wonderful Porltand water unadulterated.
Chalk this up to the sometimes difficult learning process (pun intended). I mention this as a caveat emptor to those of you thinking of amending Portland's lovely water. I figure I offended mother nature and she punished me.
The 'Old Salty' does do a bang up job of cooking brats...