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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #300 on: February 19, 2015, 03:03:12 PM »
Had my well tested out at the new place. Here it is for Champaign IL:

pH 7.8

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 362
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.60
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.7 / 7.0
ppm
Sodium, Na 66
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 39
Magnesium, Mg 22
Total Hardness, CaCO3 189
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl < 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 424
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 350
Total Phosphorus, P 0.03
Total Iron, Fe 0.25

"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #301 on: February 19, 2015, 03:08:10 PM »
Had my well tested out at the new place. Here it is for Champaign IL:

pH 7.8

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 362
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.60
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.7 / 7.0
ppm
Sodium, Na 66
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 39
Magnesium, Mg 22
Total Hardness, CaCO3 189
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl < 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 424
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 350
Total Phosphorus, P 0.03
Total Iron, Fe 0.25

"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
That is pretty poor for brewing. Congratulations, it is even worse than mine.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #302 on: February 19, 2015, 03:10:08 PM »
Had my well tested out at the new place. Here it is for Champaign IL:

pH 7.8

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 362
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.60
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.7 / 7.0
ppm
Sodium, Na 66
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 39
Magnesium, Mg 22
Total Hardness, CaCO3 189
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl < 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 424
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 350
Total Phosphorus, P 0.03
Total Iron, Fe 0.25

"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
That is pretty poor for brewing. Congratulations, it is even worse than mine.

Indeed! I am going to get RO installed. I knew it was not going to be good before we moved in.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #303 on: February 21, 2015, 01:17:53 AM »
I've listed my most recent report below in bold (water straight from tap). This is compared to my first water test (water ran through water softener).
Thoughts?

I can certainly smell the chlorine in the tap water, I'm considering just buying a cheap carbon filter or maybe just using tablets.

Finally, would this tap water profile work?

pH-8.1, 8.2
TDS-461, 449
Cations/Anions- 7.2/7.4, 7.7/7.7

Sodium-165 (ppm), 24
Potassium-<1, 3
Calcium-1, 67
Magnesium-<1, 38
Total Hardness (CaCO3) -3, 326
Nitrate-<.1, (same)
Sulfate-58, 61
Chloride-35, 38
Carbonate-<1 (same)
Bicarbonate-168, 174
Total Alkalinity-139, 144
Total Phosphorus-.01, <.01
Total Iron-<.01 (same)
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #304 on: February 21, 2015, 06:06:02 AM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

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« Reply #305 on: February 22, 2015, 10:40:37 PM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

What happens w. too high of magnesium? I'd really like to use my water as otherwise I have to keep buying gallons of distilled and adding back in stuff.

One other idea I had was to just buy spring or drinking water bottled.

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« Reply #306 on: February 22, 2015, 11:11:20 PM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

What happens w. too high of magnesium? I'd really like to use my water as otherwise I have to keep buying gallons of distilled and adding back in stuff.

One other idea I had was to just buy spring or drinking water bottled.
RO water should be cheaper than distilled, and spring water.
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« Reply #307 on: February 22, 2015, 11:14:15 PM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

What happens w. too high of magnesium? I'd really like to use my water as otherwise I have to keep buying gallons of distilled and adding back in stuff.

One other idea I had was to just buy spring or drinking water bottled.
RO water should be cheaper than distilled, and spring water.

+1 to RO.  Cheaper and readily available in grocery stores with water machines.  I've been paying 39 cents/gallon lately.
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« Reply #308 on: February 22, 2015, 11:33:26 PM »
That's what I pay too Jon. Super easy to build from
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« Reply #309 on: February 22, 2015, 11:34:05 PM »
That's what I pay too Jon. Super easy to build from

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« Reply #310 on: February 23, 2015, 01:33:57 AM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

What happens w. too high of magnesium? I'd really like to use my water as otherwise I have to keep buying gallons of distilled and adding back in stuff.

One other idea I had was to just buy spring or drinking water bottled.
Interesting Flbrewer i have always wondered what the water was like in FL being that i am from there. I think i recall you live in Jupiter, FL? or Jacksonville? Anyway the Mg (Epsom Salt i believe)  is higher must be picking up some of that awesome salt water from the ocean:) Mg can make for a harsher bitterness i believe 0-40ppm is norm but above 100ppm i think can make you drop some serious mud if ya know what i mean (diarrhea). 

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« Reply #311 on: March 02, 2015, 04:56:02 PM »
I've listed my most recent report below in bold (water straight from tap). This is compared to my first water test (water ran through water softener).
Thoughts?

I can certainly smell the chlorine in the tap water, I'm considering just buying a cheap carbon filter or maybe just using tablets.

Finally, would this tap water profile work?

pH-8.1, 8.2
TDS-461, 449
Cations/Anions- 7.2/7.4, 7.7/7.7

Sodium-165 (ppm), 24
Potassium-<1, 3
Calcium-1, 67
Magnesium-<1, 38
Total Hardness (CaCO3) -3, 326
Nitrate-<.1, (same)
Sulfate-58, 61
Chloride-35, 38
Carbonate-<1 (same)
Bicarbonate-168, 174
Total Alkalinity-139, 144
Total Phosphorus-.01, <.01
Total Iron-<.01 (same)

So I'm curious about a couple of other options since my two above tests aren't stellar.
-mix of 50/50 tap and distilled would this lower the high magnesium)?
-tap water with a simple charcoal filter.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2015, 06:14:29 PM by flbrewer »

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #312 on: March 02, 2015, 05:15:47 PM »
I've listed my most recent report below in bold (water straight from tap). This is compared to my first water test (water ran through water softener).
Thoughts?

I can certainly smell the chlorine in the tap water, I'm considering just buying a cheap carbon filter or maybe just using tablets.

Finally, would this tap water profile work?

pH-8.1, 8.2
TDS-461, 449
Cations/Anions- 7.2/7.4, 7.7/7.7

Sodium-165 (ppm), 24
Potassium-<1, 3
Calcium-1, 67
Magnesium-<1, 38
Total Hardness (CaCO3) -3, 326
Nitrate-<.1, (same)
Sulfate-58, 61
Chloride-35, 38
Carbonate-<1 (same)
Bicarbonate-168, 174
Total Alkalinity-139, 144
Total Phosphorus-.01, <.01
Total Iron-<.01 (same)

So I'm curious about a couple of other options since my two above tests aren't stellar.
-mix of 50/50 tap and RO (would this lower the high magnesium)?
-tap water with a simple charcoal filter.

if it were me, id just go all RO and call it a day.
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« Reply #313 on: March 02, 2015, 05:17:18 PM »

I've listed my most recent report below in bold (water straight from tap). This is compared to my first water test (water ran through water softener).
Thoughts?

I can certainly smell the chlorine in the tap water, I'm considering just buying a cheap carbon filter or maybe just using tablets.

Finally, would this tap water profile work?

pH-8.1, 8.2
TDS-461, 449
Cations/Anions- 7.2/7.4, 7.7/7.7

Sodium-165 (ppm), 24
Potassium-<1, 3
Calcium-1, 67
Magnesium-<1, 38
Total Hardness (CaCO3) -3, 326
Nitrate-<.1, (same)
Sulfate-58, 61
Chloride-35, 38
Carbonate-<1 (same)
Bicarbonate-168, 174
Total Alkalinity-139, 144
Total Phosphorus-.01, <.01
Total Iron-<.01 (same)

So I'm curious about a couple of other options since my two above tests aren't stellar.
-mix of 50/50 tap and RO (would this lower the high magnesium)?
-tap water with a simple charcoal filter.

if it were me, id just go all RO and call it a day.
Yeah I've done that  while including gypsum and Calc Chl. Are you talking about just using plain RO?

My only though w tap was that you are gaining a lot of good minerals already there.

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« Reply #314 on: March 02, 2015, 05:20:39 PM »

I've listed my most recent report below in bold (water straight from tap). This is compared to my first water test (water ran through water softener).
Thoughts?

I can certainly smell the chlorine in the tap water, I'm considering just buying a cheap carbon filter or maybe just using tablets.

Finally, would this tap water profile work?

pH-8.1, 8.2
TDS-461, 449
Cations/Anions- 7.2/7.4, 7.7/7.7

Sodium-165 (ppm), 24
Potassium-<1, 3
Calcium-1, 67
Magnesium-<1, 38
Total Hardness (CaCO3) -3, 326
Nitrate-<.1, (same)
Sulfate-58, 61
Chloride-35, 38
Carbonate-<1 (same)
Bicarbonate-168, 174
Total Alkalinity-139, 144
Total Phosphorus-.01, <.01
Total Iron-<.01 (same)

So I'm curious about a couple of other options since my two above tests aren't stellar.
-mix of 50/50 tap and RO (would this lower the high magnesium)?
-tap water with a simple charcoal filter.

if it were me, id just go all RO and call it a day.
Yeah I've done that  while including gypsum and Calc Chl. Are you talking about just using plain RO?

My only though w tap was that you are gaining a lot of good minerals already there.

city water fluctuation can cause you continual frustration. if i was already needing to partially use RO, i'd use ALL RO because i always have a really good idea of my base-adding all brewing salts as needed per beer recipe.
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