Food-grade 85% phosphoric acid is commonly used for pH control and adjustment in a variety of foods and beverages. It is a food-grade level chemical, and should not be misinterpreted as a dangerous acid. When handled, and combined correctly phosphoric acid food-grade 85 is safe for consumption in the food industry.
PH adjusters work simply by altering the pH of a solution. If the current pH is at 5 (slightly acidic) a solution of alkaline (pH UP) is added to raise the solution to the desired level. This also works in reverse.
85% Phosphoric Acid is extremely concentrated and usually goes a long way for the average home gardener. Always test with small amounts at a time checking the PH level each time as well to see how much it was lowered. Add small increments at a time until you reach the desired PH level.