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Re: Building Water
« Reply #45 on: November 14, 2013, 11:36:09 PM »
Ok. I guess it was sarcasm. I would hope that getting a water test would remove the guesswork

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« Reply #46 on: November 15, 2013, 12:12:43 AM »
It does and it doesn't.  Your water test is only a snap shot of what your water was like when you took your sample.  How much it removes the guesswork depends on how consistent the mineral levels in your water supply are.

But I think it is better than nothing, I had mine tested and probably should again to see if it has changed.  Any changes could be seasonal or year to year though, so it would really take constant testing to know for sure.
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Re: Building Water
« Reply #47 on: November 15, 2013, 01:38:44 AM »
Makes sense. Its got to be better than knowing nothing at all though.

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Re: Building Water
« Reply #48 on: November 15, 2013, 05:55:28 AM »
Around here SWAG refers to the free stuff we get for raffles and prizes.
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Re: Building Water
« Reply #49 on: November 15, 2013, 10:01:06 AM »
WAG = wild ass guess
SWAG = stupid/silly/scientific/super/semi wild ass guess

I'm not sure which he meant ;)

There is one other option on the "S" that Gordon didn't list, which is the one I originally learned.   8)

I often hear it used for "winnings" or jewelry too.

One of those words like FUBAR that have gotten many meanings over the years.

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Re: Building Water
« Reply #50 on: November 15, 2013, 11:26:17 AM »
WAG = wild ass guess
SWAG = stupid/silly/scientific/super/semi wild ass guess

I'm not sure which he meant ;)

Standing there with the water analysis report in your hand, you can make a scientific wild-ass guess.
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Re: Building Water
« Reply #51 on: November 15, 2013, 12:08:14 PM »
It does and it doesn't.  Your water test is only a snap shot of what your water was like when you took your sample.  How much it removes the guesswork depends on how consistent the mineral levels in your water supply are.

But I think it is better than nothing, I had mine tested and probably should again to see if it has changed.  Any changes could be seasonal or year to year though, so it would really take constant testing to know for sure.

The only thing I'd add is, remember that Jim is on a well.  I'm sure his water still changes, but not nearly as much as a public system.
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Re: Building Water
« Reply #52 on: November 16, 2013, 10:40:27 AM »
Around here SWAG refers to the free stuff we get for raffles and prizes.

It's schwag, isn't it?

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Re: Building Water
« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2013, 10:57:18 PM »
It does and it doesn't.  Your water test is only a snap shot of what your water was like when you took your sample.  How much it removes the guesswork depends on how consistent the mineral levels in your water supply are.

But I think it is better than nothing, I had mine tested and probably should again to see if it has changed.  Any changes could be seasonal or year to year though, so it would really take constant testing to know for sure.

Get yourself an inexpensive conductivity/TDS meter.  Compare the TDS of your brew water to your report.  That way you'll have some gage of how much you water quality has changed since you sampled it for testing. 

Well water (particularly deep wells) doesn't change a whole lot.   Surface water (rivers, lakes, reservoirs)  can change radically, quickly, with changes in the weather.
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Re: Building Water
« Reply #54 on: November 17, 2013, 09:35:58 AM »
Mine is 280'. In the spring I get a couple weeks of cloudy water during runoff from Mt Adams but then it clears up again. I used store water during that last year. Next time I'll build from distilled.

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Re: Building Water
« Reply #55 on: November 18, 2013, 12:23:02 PM »
Posted water results from before and after softener here... http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1887.msg217182#msg217182

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Re: Building Water
« Reply #56 on: November 18, 2013, 02:52:10 PM »
Posted water results from before and after softener here... http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1887.msg217182#msg217182

No wonder Gordon Strong uses RO Water. That is about as hard, and even more alkaline than mine!
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