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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #165 on: May 04, 2012, 03:04:24 PM »
i live in round rock, texas and have been uable to find a water report that lists the appropriate info.  what are some keywords i should use when googling.  ive asked a local brewer and some club members and no one knows.  thanks.

google ward labs. It cost a few bucks but you can send a sample and get a report with exactly the info you need for brewing purposes.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #166 on: May 04, 2012, 03:09:14 PM »
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« Reply #167 on: May 04, 2012, 03:20:51 PM »
Yep, Ward labs. Very convenient, order ther Brewer's Analysis. $26.00
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« Reply #168 on: May 05, 2012, 04:43:12 AM »
Yep, Ward labs. Very convenient, order ther Brewer's Analysis. $26.00

Hmm, so did Ward Labs jack up their prices for homebrewers?  Their W-6 test is still listed on their standard pricing list as $16.50, which is what I've paid in the past.  In the homebrewers section it's listed at $26.
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« Reply #169 on: May 05, 2012, 04:51:15 AM »
Yep, Ward labs. Very convenient, order ther Brewer's Analysis. $26.00

Hmm, so did Ward Labs jack up their prices for homebrewers?  Their W-6 test is still listed on their standard pricing list as $16.50, which is what I've paid in the past.  In the homebrewers section it's listed at $26.
I think the $26 is W5, the $16.50 is W6. If you want to know your iron content, get W5.
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« Reply #170 on: May 05, 2012, 04:57:54 AM »
Ah, I see what they're doing.  The prices on the Homebrewer's page include return shipping, sample bottles, etc.

https://producers.wardlab.com/BrewersKitOrder.aspx

I assume you can still just send it in your own container and pay the lower price, either $16.50 for W-6 or $26.50 for W-5.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #171 on: May 05, 2012, 09:41:02 PM »
I assume you can still just send it in your own container and pay the lower price, either $16.50 for W-6 or $26.50 for W-5.

Yeah, I got the $16.50 one.  I just used a cheap 16 oz bottle of water and emptied it/rinsed it and filled with my tap water.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #172 on: May 22, 2012, 05:30:01 AM »
Suffolk VA - well water, in the western part of the county near Isle of Wight:

pH 8.3
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 315
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.52
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.0 /  6.2 ppm

Sodium, Na 136
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca < 1
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 < 1
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl 4
Carbonate, CO3 12
Bicarbonate, HCO3 345
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 303
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #173 on: May 22, 2012, 09:59:17 AM »
Suffolk VA - well water, in the western part of the county near Isle of Wight:

pH 8.3
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 315
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.52
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.0 /  6.2 ppm

Sodium, Na 136
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca < 1
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 < 1
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl 4
Carbonate, CO3 12
Bicarbonate, HCO3 345
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 303
I am no expert on water, but that looks like it went through a water softener. High Sodium and very low Ca, Mg and Cl.  The alkalinity is high. The RA would be very high on this. You would need to add Ca for all grain beers, and get rid of the alkalinity for light colored beers.

My tap water is on page one of this thread, adn I gave up using it and buy RO water for brewing.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #174 on: May 22, 2012, 08:21:35 PM »
My RA is rather high. Along with the sodium. I go half and hald distilled and add a combination of chalk, calcium chloride and gypsum until i get the RA where I want it for light beers as well as getting the sulfate to chloride ratio where it needs to be for the beer I am brewing (malty vs. hoppy). Also hit it with some lactic acid as well if needs be. Not the greatest water, but it can make some good dark beers with minimal adjustment :)
Also, no softener. Just well water through a big blue charcoal filter in the corner lol.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #175 on: May 23, 2012, 05:47:55 AM »
My RA is rather high. Along with the sodium. I go half and hald distilled and add a combination of chalk, calcium chloride and gypsum until i get the RA where I want it for light beers as well as getting the sulfate to chloride ratio where it needs to be for the beer I am brewing (malty vs. hoppy). Also hit it with some lactic acid as well if needs be. Not the greatest water, but it can make some good dark beers with minimal adjustment :)
Also, no softener. Just well water through a big blue charcoal filter in the corner lol.
Your local aquifer must have a layer of baking soda to give that much sodium and bicarbonate.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #176 on: May 23, 2012, 06:07:34 AM »
Hard to say what all it passes through under the earth. I do know that there are ways to mitigate it though. I am a little mad at myself for putting water off the radar for so long. Ughhhh, if I would have known then...lol. All part of the growth as a brewer I suppose. One obstacle at a time :)
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #177 on: May 23, 2012, 07:37:05 AM »
My RA is rather high. Along with the sodium. I go half and hald distilled and add a combination of chalk, calcium chloride and gypsum until i get the RA where I want it for light beers as well as getting the sulfate to chloride ratio where it needs to be for the beer I am brewing (malty vs. hoppy). Also hit it with some lactic acid as well if needs be. Not the greatest water, but it can make some good dark beers with minimal adjustment :)
Also, no softener. Just well water through a big blue charcoal filter in the corner lol.
Your local aquifer must have a layer of baking soda to give that much sodium and bicarbonate.

Agreed, That is one strange water profile...
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #178 on: May 27, 2012, 02:09:41 PM »
My First post,  DuBois PA tap water tested by Ward Labs,

pH 7.1
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 77
Sodium, Na 17
Potassium, K < 1
Calcium, Ca 3
Magnesium, Mg 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 12
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3
Chloride, Cl 19
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 21
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 17
Total Phosphorus, P 0.66
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01

Surprised how soft it is for a old coal mining town.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #179 on: May 27, 2012, 04:37:00 PM »
I'm originally from Emporium.  I've brewed at my parents and their water is very soft.

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