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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #495 on: August 18, 2021, 01:22:06 pm »
My Water Report, 300 feet deep private well in Adamstown MD USA (located 5 miles south of Frederick MD) - July 2021

From Ward Labs:
Total Dissolved Solids 274
pH 7.8

Sodium Na                    12
Potassium K                    3
Calcium Ca                    74.5
Magnesium Mg               6
Total Hardness CaCO3   213
Sulfate SO4-S                8
Chloride Cl                     32
Carbonate CaCO3        <1.0
Bicarbonate CaCO3         192
Total Alkalinity               158
Total Phosphorus P         0.10
Total Iron Fe                  0.21


I'm currently an Extract w/ Steepers brewer, doing 25%-60% volume boils, topping off with Distilled.

Preferred brews are :  Hoppy Pale Ales, semi-session-IPAs, Hefe's, Munton's Pre-Hopped Cans.


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120 batches so far

With extract you might be better off using all distilled
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #496 on: August 18, 2021, 02:10:30 pm »
My Water Report, 300 feet deep private well in Adamstown MD USA (located 5 miles south of Frederick MD) - July 2021

From Ward Labs:
Total Dissolved Solids 274
pH 7.8

Sodium Na                    12
Potassium K                    3
Calcium Ca                    74.5
Magnesium Mg               6
Total Hardness CaCO3   213
Sulfate SO4-S                8
Chloride Cl                     32
Carbonate CaCO3        <1.0
Bicarbonate CaCO3         192
Total Alkalinity               158
Total Phosphorus P         0.10
Total Iron Fe                  0.21


I'm currently an Extract w/ Steepers brewer, doing 25%-60% volume boils, topping off with Distilled.

Preferred brews are :  Hoppy Pale Ales, semi-session-IPAs, Hefe's, Munton's Pre-Hopped Cans.


Regards,
Doug
120 batches so far

Yes, try using all RO,/distilled. Try adding a tsp of gypsum/5 gallons in the hoppy beers. Don't add anything for the Hefeweizen.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #497 on: February 01, 2022, 10:24:32 am »
Gretna, NE water report from Ward Labs:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids: 389
Sodium: 25
Potassium: 3
Calcium: 96.3
Magnesium: 22
Total Hardness, CACO3: 332
Sulfate SO4-S: 14
Chloride: 5
Bicarbonate HCO3: 363
Total Alkalinity CaCO3: 299


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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #498 on: February 01, 2022, 12:22:18 pm »
Gretna, NE water report from Ward Labs:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids: 389
Sodium: 25
Potassium: 3
Calcium: 96.3
Magnesium: 22
Total Hardness, CACO3: 332
Sulfate SO4-S: 14
Chloride: 5
Bicarbonate HCO3: 363
Total Alkalinity CaCO3: 299
dang, that is some hard water.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #499 on: February 01, 2022, 05:59:09 pm »
Gretna, NE water report from Ward Labs:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids: 389
Sodium: 25
Potassium: 3
Calcium: 96.3
Magnesium: 22
Total Hardness, CACO3: 332
Sulfate SO4-S: 14
Chloride: 5
Bicarbonate HCO3: 363
Total Alkalinity CaCO3: 299
dang, that is some hard water.

I knew it was bad but am surprised at the results.  I've been using RO water from the local lumberyard with good results and will probably just keep using that. 

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #500 on: February 02, 2022, 10:21:38 am »
Gretna, NE water report from Ward Labs:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids: 389
Sodium: 25
Potassium: 3
Calcium: 96.3
Magnesium: 22
Total Hardness, CACO3: 332
Sulfate SO4-S: 14
Chloride: 5
Bicarbonate HCO3: 363
Total Alkalinity CaCO3: 299
dang, that is some hard water.

I knew it was bad but am surprised at the results.  I've been using RO water from the local lumberyard with good results and will probably just keep using that.

thats the easiest route.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #501 on: February 02, 2022, 12:14:56 pm »
Gretna, NE water report from Ward Labs:

pH 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids: 389
Sodium: 25
Potassium: 3
Calcium: 96.3
Magnesium: 22
Total Hardness, CACO3: 332
Sulfate SO4-S: 14
Chloride: 5
Bicarbonate HCO3: 363
Total Alkalinity CaCO3: 299
dang, that is some hard water.

I knew it was bad but am surprised at the results.  I've been using RO water from the local lumberyard with good results and will probably just keep using that.
I used to buy RO, but got tired of lugging the water. Bought my own RO system and like it. My water has more minerals than yours, so someday you could buy your own system.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #502 on: February 04, 2022, 02:51:03 pm »
I would post. Unfortunately, mine varies considerably month to month based on seasonal variations.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #503 on: February 08, 2022, 07:42:45 am »
I would post. Unfortunately, mine varies considerably month to month based on seasonal variations.

my tap water is a blend of two sources that varies day to day. It's impossible to make consistent beer with it. RO is a necessity for my brewing.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #504 on: February 08, 2022, 05:52:51 pm »
Laurel Springs, NJ water report from Ward Labs

pH 8.0
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 115
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 17.7
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 58
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 27
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 77
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 63
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #505 on: February 08, 2022, 08:35:06 pm »
Laurel Springs, NJ water report from Ward Labs

pH 8.0
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 115
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 17.7
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 58
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 27
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 77
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 63

thats some nice water there.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #506 on: February 09, 2022, 04:44:04 am »
Laurel Springs, NJ water report from Ward Labs

pH 8.0
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 115
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 17.7
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 58
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 27
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 77
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 63

thats some nice water there.

Since it's from NJ American Water, I'm sure that it changes from time to time. My question is, how far off would the profile change? Would it change so much that I need to get frequent testing?
I'm trying to decide the best type of beer to brew with this water.

I was building up from distilled water but I did want to see what I could do with my tap water.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #507 on: February 09, 2022, 10:58:38 am »

Since it's from NJ American Water, I'm sure that it changes from time to time. My question is, how far off would the profile change? Would it change so much that I need to get frequent testing?
I'm trying to decide the best type of beer to brew with this water.

I was building up from distilled water but I did want to see what I could do with my tap water.

not sure about changes, but it seems to from year to year. i'd email or phone some water person in your city and ask, the one i phoned was happy to tell me about it (sounded like they dont get many calls like that). i had numbers from a previous year and they were similar but not identical to the 2021 numbers.

you could definitely build from that water. plug those numbers into a BRU-N WATER spreadsheet and see how the totals turn out at the bottom

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #508 on: February 09, 2022, 11:03:13 am »
Many local water plants test very regularly (I presume for compliance with health department requirements), so contacting them for current (or the most current test) results should put you in the ball park.  Sounds like you have pretty decent water (I am on a private well for my property), so I use a whole house RO system, but I have it piped to only two locations - kitchen sink separate RO tap and to my garage for filling a 15 gallon food grade bucket with lid - that is the water I use (after treating with CaCl and/or CaSO4 and Brew Tan B and acid, as needed).
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #509 on: February 12, 2022, 06:39:10 am »
Will the use of Campden tablets (Potassium Metabisulfite) change the profile at all?
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