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Re: Water Report
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2010, 10:37:40 AM »
The $16.50 that Ward Labs charges is well worth the money, it takes out the guesswork and not having to dump a batch or more trying to get it down right when you could possibly add the wrong salts taking you the wrong direction.  I wish I wouldn't have been so bullheaded and done it sooner, heck I've spent more than that on commercial beer in one weekend.  

Btw, Denny, what is your water report like out there?

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Re: Water Report
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2010, 10:51:55 AM »
Dean, going from memory, it's on the slightly hard, slightly carbonate side.  pH about 7.4, IIRC.  I used to get a test twice a year, but it's been several years now and I really need to send in another sample.
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Re: Water Report
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2010, 11:04:12 AM »
You don't have to send in regular samples. Just get a GH&KH test kit and test the water once in a while. If it didn't change you don't need to send in a sample. This also works well for brewers on a water supply that may change with the seasons.

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Re: Water Report
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2010, 11:08:14 AM »
That's a good idea, Kai, and I think that's what I'll do after I send a sample this time.  I'm on a well and the water can change some, so I'd like to establish a current baseline.
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Re: Water Report
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2010, 11:09:43 AM »
I think I'll pick one up too Kai, I don't know if my water changes with the seasons here or not.  I'm about a half a mile from the Muskegon river so it may.  Is that the test kit sold for fish aquariums?  

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Re: Water Report
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2010, 01:12:47 PM »
Question...  I ordered the kit suggested.  Since I use my outside faucet and I use a carbon filter, should I run the test water to be submitted through the carbon filter outside like when I brew?  Or can I just use my inside water?
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Re: Water Report
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2010, 01:18:18 PM »
I assume you want to test the water that you're actually using to brew...the filtered water.
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Re: Water Report
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2010, 01:36:01 PM »
Is that the test kit sold for fish aquariums? 

Yes. Although there might also be use for that test in pools it is mostly used for aquariums.

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Re: Water Report
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2010, 03:43:35 PM »
Yes Denny.  I use the water supply outside my house (same one I use to water plants, wash the car, etc.) run through a carbon filter that came with my B3-1500 from MoreBeer.  Now I assume that that water is the same as the water that comes out of our kitchen sink, but who knows (about the pipes, etc.)?  I'm not sure about how particular they are about the sample that you send into them.
Fementing:
  *Primary -
  *Lagering -

On Tap
 *BPA
 *Denny's BVIP
 *Brunch Stout
 

In Bottles
 *IIPA
 *RyeIPA
 *Black IPA
 *Red IPA
 *White IPA (entered an all-IPA competition)
  *Kolsch