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Water Connundrum
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:20:16 AM »
I need help with with my water adjustment.  I have been brewing with RO water but want to try to use the local water supply with no RO dilution.  The water is filtered thru an activated carbon filter.  Other than that it is untouched. 

Here's the profile

Total disolved solids           700
Phenol Alkalinity CaCO3    <1.0
Total Alkalinity CaCO3       133
Total Hardness CaCO3        230
Chlorides CL                      133
Sulfates SO4                     182
Flourides                           .62
Silica SiO2                         20
Nitrates NO3                      2.1
Nitrites NO2                     <0.05
Phosphates PO4                 .68
Calcium CA                         71
Magnesium Mg                    15
Sodium Na                         133
Potassium K                        8.6
Iron Fe                             <0.03
Manganese                      <0.0010
ph                                      7.3

I know this water is pretty bad.  I want to brew lagers (Pils, Amber, and Dortmunder).  What additions would you recommend excluding RO dilution.

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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2013, 10:24:45 AM »
its not pretty bad, its really bad.  I honestly would just stick with RO water and build from there.
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2013, 10:27:31 AM »
its not pretty bad, its really bad.  I honestly would just stick with RO water and build from there.

Yep.  IMO, that water is not suitable for brewing.
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2013, 10:40:48 AM »
If you are brewing lagers anyways, I'd stick with RO.  My water is pretty good brewing water but for my lagers, I find it easier to just build from distilled.

Wow...that's a lot of sodium in there.  I think mine is 18.
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2013, 10:57:46 AM »
The only good thing about that water is its Calcium content. Stick with RO dude!
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2013, 12:24:21 PM »
Is that profile before or after the charcoal filter!
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2013, 12:28:44 PM »
Wow!  I knew it was bad but I didn't think it was that bad.  There's no possibility of using it? (the water that is)

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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2013, 12:39:11 PM »
Wow!  I knew it was bad but I didn't think it was that bad.  There's no possibility of using it? (the water that is)

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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2013, 12:49:16 PM »
My water is bad like that too. I have gone the distilled route and it has been much better ever since. still l and clean with the crap  out of the ground
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2013, 12:50:55 PM »
It's hard to believe that the water is really filtered.  It must be really terrible before it is.
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2013, 01:00:29 PM »
It's hard to believe that the water is really filtered.  It must be really terrible before it is.

Carbon filtration does not remove minerals although it can remove mercury.
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Re: Water Connundrum
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2013, 02:15:08 PM »
It's hard to believe that the water is really filtered.  It must be really terrible before it is.

Carbon filtration does not remove minerals although it can remove mercury.

I stand corrected!  Thanks.
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