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Upstate Dan:
I envy some of these water sources! I guess that's what distilled water is for.

Panama City Beach, FL

Carbon filter through RV hose:     ( All parameters mg/L except where otherwise noted)

Sodium            5.9

Calcium            20

Magnesium         2.2

Potassium         .40

Carbonate  (Less than)      5.0

Bicarbonate         26

Chloride            9.2

Iron  (Less than)         .038

Sulfate            32

Nitrate  (Less than)         .022

Electrical Conductivity      173     (mmho/cm)

Est. Total Dissolved Solids      86

pH            5.26

Total Hardness  (Lime)      59 (est...)

Total Alkalinity         26

Total Phosphorus         .554

Let me know what you guys think.  My dark (black) beers are always killer, IPA's usually great, Pale ales, not so much.  ( Water, or recipe formulation?)

I think your pH is very low for drinking water.  Perhaps a misprint?  At that pH there should be no alkalinity.

Helena, MT - NE Valley - Direct from Well Sample
Testing Performed by Ward Labs

pH 7.6

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 266

Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.44

Cations / Anions, me/L 5.0 /  4.8

Sodium, Na 35

Potassium, K 4

Calcium, Ca 49

Magnesium, Mg 11

Total Hardness, CaCO3 168

Nitrate, NO3-N 0.8 (SAFE)

Sulfate, SO4-S 13

Chloride, Cl 12

Carbonate, CO3 < 1

Bicarbonate, HCO3 217

Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 178

Total Phosphorus, P 0.05

Total Iron, Fe < 0.01

Gonna send off a water sample to Ward Labs... do you guys recommend pre or post softener water? I've used post softener water (just brewed a couple of batches in our new house) and I'm pretty happy with the results, but now I want to take my brewing to the next level... i.e. turn it up to "eleven" by treating my mash liquor.

Here are the results for Beavercreek, OH, pre-softened and post-softened.

ParameterPre-softened     Post-softenedpH7.88.0Total Dissolved Solids Est, ppm        442465Electrical Conductivity0.740.77Cations / Anions, me/L8.9/9.19.2/9.2Sodium, Na19210Potassium, K1<1Calcium, Ca1021Magnesium, Mg35<1Total Hardness, CaCO34013Nitrate, NO3-N<0.1<0.1Sulfate, SO4-S1312Chloride, Cl3434Carbonate, CO3<19Bicarbonate, HCO3447435Total Alkalinity, CaCO3367372Total Phosphorus, P<0.01<0.01Total Iron, Fe0.010.01


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