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Offline Richard

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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2019, 09:30:56 PM »
At the moment my municipal water is excellent. It comes from the Hetch Hetchy system which catches snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada mountains and delivers it to local reservoirs for chloramine treatment and distribution. I have had it tested by Ward Labs and all the minerals are very low. It is high pH (8.6 - 9.6) but that isn't a problem. I am somewhat boggled that we use this outstanding water for flushing our toilets at the same time that farmers and fish are competing for water from the same rivers and fresh water is sometimes in short supply.

Now there is talk that our local water agency may start to use recycled wastewater. Cities could sign up to deliver wastewater to be purified and then delivered back to them in times of need. Many local cities already used recycled water for landscaping but not for consumers. I'm not sure how I feel about this. It would almost certainly change how I need to treat my water for brewing, but it seems as if it is inevitable and, if done right, a good solution to our water shortages.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2019, 04:04:27 PM »
Whole house water filtration system that I installed, and maintain.

Water comes inside house from a deep well then to:
1) Pressurized holding tank
2) 5 micron sediment filter
3) Calcite tank (to raise PH to about 6.7)
4) Charcoal filter tank
5) Non-salt water-softener tank
6) Distributed to house

Pristine water from ground.
Several water tests found no traces of any chemicals / toxins.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2020, 04:53:38 AM »
I will likely take some guff but I pull my water from the hose bib at a trickle through an RV carbon filter. I still toss a campden tab to be sure I get all the CL out.

I use the local posting on Brewer's friend to figure my chemistry

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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2020, 09:52:53 PM »
I treated my Alabama tap water for years.  Liked it for some beers, not for others (my water is quite hard, and it varies a lot).  I went to RO water, and have felt like my beers took a NOTICEABLE step forward in quality across the board.

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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2020, 12:04:23 AM »
We get our water from a public spring. Ward Labs tested it and the report came back clean with the following profile:
Ca: 17
Mg: 7
Na: 2
SO4: 6
Cl: 2
HCO3: 58
RA: 33

Makes for a great, all-purpose brewing water with addition of whatever is needed for various profiles. I love tinkering with the water.

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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2020, 11:05:11 AM »
I grab three 2.5 gal + one 1 gal jug of distilled water from the grocery down the street.  Not too heavy and they have convenient suitcase handles.  I use the 1 gal jug for the SnS starter.


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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2020, 05:14:08 PM »
My water source has an unanticipated supply chain problem lately.

Boy, I am sure glad that I have good tap water. I see so many people frantically trying to stock up on little bottles of expensive water.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2020, 08:19:41 PM »
My water source has an unanticipated supply chain problem lately.

Boy, I am sure glad that I have good tap water. I see so many people frantically trying to stock up on little bottles of expensive water.

My wife even said "We have an RO system."
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2020, 10:54:22 PM »
My water source has an unanticipated supply chain problem lately.

Boy, I am sure glad that I have good tap water. I see so many people frantically trying to stock up on little bottles of expensive water.

My wife even said "We have an RO system."

I have a well with great water.  As long as I have electricity, I have water.  If that fails, I guess I'll trudge down the hill to the river.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2020, 01:14:50 AM »
My water source has an unanticipated supply chain problem lately.

Boy, I am sure glad that I have good tap water. I see so many people frantically trying to stock up on little bottles of expensive water.

My wife even said "We have an RO system."

I have a well with great water.  As long as I have electricity, I have water.  If that fails, I guess I'll trudge down the hill to the river.
There is a river not to far from the house, and i know how to boil things.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #40 on: September 30, 2020, 02:54:38 PM »
Tap water is not good for brewing here in Phoenix...very hard and tastes bad. Most people here, including myself, use RO water and build it back up. I fill up 5 gallon jugs at RO water machines, which are everywhere around here. Only 35 cents per gallon. The machines show the date when the filters were most recently changed so I check that to make sure they are no more than a week old. Another source is Water & Ice stores. I use gypsum and calcium chloride to build back the mineral content...the ratio between the two depends on the beer style.

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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #41 on: December 28, 2020, 04:59:18 PM »
We have a built-in RO system in our kitchen. And I have brewed with 100% untreated RO water, with great results.
We also have a countertop cartridge filter that we use all the time. Again, no chemical treatment needed. Our water is good enough as is.

But more germaine to the OP's question, we get our water from a faucet. I know this is a radical concept.
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Re: How do you get your water??
« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2021, 05:14:31 AM »
I am a negative on the water test. I went that route for years and found out my water fluctuates so much it was useless.  I can get 5 gallons of RO from a water store near me .25 dollars a gallon. Maybe a filtered water machine?  Idk man.  Starting from RO water has made a huge my results super consistent and chloramine free.