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All Grain Brewing / A little help with my Water Report
« on: September 13, 2010, 07:36:37 PM »
So, I finally got my Ward Labs report for NE Iowa.

I brew AG, add Buffer 5.2 to all batches, Campden / Water filter for chlorine & batch sparge.

My numbers are;

Na = 8
Ca = 78
Mg = 23
Sulfate = 7
Chloride = 21
Bicarbonate = 274
ph = 7.4 as measured on test
Total hardness CaCO3 = 288
Total Alkalinity CaCO3 = 225

I know that I have hard water, but it makes very good beer. Other than cutting my water with RO water , is there any "correction" that would be standard and/or appropriate for my water? Besides the high Bicarbonate, it looks pretty good. Correct?

And if I do cut my water with RO, wouldn't that tend to lower all the rest of my numbers as well. Maybe too low?

Thanks for any and all input.

Good Luck

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