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Offline Richard T

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2010, 12:01:38 PM »
Tap Water Profile for Jacksonville, FL (Beach Blvd and Hodges) based on average from 9 JEA source well water samples taken on 11/2009. 
(Well pumps used were Ridenour #1-5, 7 and Southeast #1-3; information supplied by JEA Environmental Scientist, B.S. Albritton, albrbs@jea.com).

Alkalinity as Bicarbonate (ppm)          139.3
Alkalinity as Carbonate (ppm)               0.0
Alkalinity Total (ppm)                      139.3
Calcium (ppm)                                 70.3
Chloride (ppm)                                 21.7
Magnesium (ppm)                             31.0
pH                                                   7.0
Sodium (ppm)                                  15.8
Sulfate (ppm)                                 152.9
Total Hardness as CaCO3  303.0


Estimated Residual Alkalinity              63.55   (using RA = KH – GH/4)
Actual Residual Alkalinity                   46.0    (Using “Mash Residual Alkalinity Adjustment Worksheet Version 2.5 (US Units)
                                                                     by John Palmer, 2008.”)
Chloride to Sulfate Balance               Very Bitter

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P.S.  IMO, the tap water tastes horrible, and the water softener water tastes even worse.  Only dark and bitter brews can be done with this profile, and even then, they are very astringent and harsh (despite running the JEA tap water through the activated charcoal filter to remove the chloramines beforehand).  To brew good beers in Jacksonville, one must use water calculators (I use BeerSmith), significant percentages of distilled water (50-100%), and salt additions (Calcium Chloride, in particular) if a balanced or malty beer profile is desired.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2010, 12:32:56 PM »
I'm in a similar situation. I can't stand my softened water. The RO is wonderful. One would think if they need to brew 18 SRM beers then all they would need to do for a 9 SRM beer is dilute by 50% with distilled. Doesn't work that way apparently- more like 75% dilution.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2010, 12:53:52 PM »
thank god I don't live in jacksonville anymore!
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2010, 06:30:58 AM »
Cary, IL - deep well in Fox River valley aquifer NW of Chicago (either that or an old limestone salt storage cavern)

Dang, Roy!  I thought my water was hard!  Now I feel better.

Water for Rantoul, IL (Central IL, fed from the Mahomet Aquifer)

Calcium 32ppm
Magnesium 21ppm
Sodium 27ppm
Sulfate10ppm
Chloride 12ppm
Bicarbonate 110ppm

Not bad stout water, but anything lighter than an Amber, and it's store bought RO for me!

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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2010, 06:56:24 AM »
Colonial Heights, VA tap water after a whole house carbon filter (typical type bought at big box store)

pH 6.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 114
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.19
Cations / Anions, me/L 1.7 / 1.5
ppm
Sodium, Na 20
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 10
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 38
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 10
Chloride, Cl 11
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 33
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 27
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2010, 11:43:40 AM »
Speaking of RO, has anyone had the water from those grocery store machines tested? I'm just wondering how good a job they do.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2010, 07:29:06 AM »
How can I get my water tested?  How much should it cost?

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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2010, 07:46:26 AM »
Speaking of RO, has anyone had the water from those grocery store machines tested? I'm just wondering how good a job they do.

If you go to the 3rd post in the thread, you will find that I posted store bought RO water and my tap water.  Everything was <1 for the store bought RO.  The feed water for the RO is the same as Gail's later in the thread.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2010, 07:49:06 AM »
How can I get my water tested?  How much should it cost?

http://www.wardlab.com/

Click on "Fee Schedule" on the left and look at the pdf fee schedule document.  You're looking for test W-6 on page 8.  $16.95.
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010, 07:35:33 AM »
How can I get my water tested?  How much should it cost?

http://www.wardlab.com/

Click on "Fee Schedule" on the left and look at the pdf fee schedule document.  You're looking for test W-6 on page 8.  $16.95.

Thanks Dude - I called the local federal lab, and they wanted almost $400. 

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2010, 10:07:52 AM »
I live in Milford, DE.  Here is our water report for 2009.

http://www.cityofmilford.com/milford/ccr2009Milford.pdf

If anyone can make heads or tails out of it, I'd appreciate it.  Water is still something I have to get down.  I use the water out of the tap and I never treat it.  I'm sure my beer would benefit if I paid a little more attention to this facit of brewing.  Work in progress.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2010, 10:31:33 AM »
Shrewsbury MA

pH: 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est: 376
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm: 0.63
Cations / Anions, me/L: 5.8 / 5.7

Sodium, Na: 71
Potassium, K: 10
Calcium, Ca: 39
Magnesium, Mg: 6
Total Hardness, CaCO3: 123
Nitrate, NO3-N: 0.7 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S: 9
Chloride, Cl: 138
Carbonate, CO3: <1
Bicarbonate, HCO3: 65
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3: 54

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« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2010, 10:33:08 AM »
Richie that's a weak report for a brewer to follow LOL. Probably OK to brew mid-range beers. Here's two examples and excellent info: read on...

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-3.html

The Nomograph helps as well as the spreadsheet.

http://howtobrew.com/section3/Palmers_Mash_RA_ver2e.xls
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2010, 12:32:43 PM »
Wenonah, NJ

pH 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 259
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.43
Cations / Anions, me/L 4.6 / 4.3
ppm
Sodium, Na 85
Potassium, K 6
Calcium, Ca 10
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 38
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 2
Chloride, Cl 47
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 160
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 141


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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2010, 05:53:29 PM »
For bottled water analyses, try www.bottledwaterweb.com.  Looking around a little, I saw a number of commonly-used bottled waters, including Poland Spring.