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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #330 on: May 01, 2015, 03:34:28 PM »
pH 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 442
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.74
Cations / Anions, me/L 8.7 / 9.1
ppm
Sodium, Na 140
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 26
Magnesium, Mg 15
Total Hardness, CaCO3 128
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.3 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl 17
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 520
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 433
Total Phosphorus, P 0.71
Total Iron, Fe 0.01

Any thoughts on a Hoppy Beer?  Been adding Gypsum and a little acidity to lower PH.  Running water through a filter too.
That alkalinity is huge, so you would need a lot of acid to reduce it.

Sodium is pretty high, has it been through a softener?

Adding gypsum won't hurt anything. Your SO4 is very low.

Where are you from? Local geology has a great impact on water. Well or surface water?
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #331 on: May 01, 2015, 03:37:20 PM »
City water.

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« Reply #332 on: May 01, 2015, 03:39:42 PM »
Wow.   +1 to sodium being high and alkalinity being extra so.  I would use RO water to have a good base to build on. It's what I do.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #333 on: May 01, 2015, 03:41:23 PM »
Mix or all RO?

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« Reply #334 on: May 01, 2015, 03:44:35 PM »
Mix or all RO?

I use all RO, then build up to desired profiles in Bru'nwater.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #335 on: May 01, 2015, 03:59:02 PM »
yeah thats even worse than my well water sodium and bicarb!

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #336 on: May 01, 2015, 04:12:10 PM »
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #337 on: May 01, 2015, 07:16:01 PM »
I use all RO, or blend a small amount of tap water back in.

Some cities treat the water in different ways. Mine removes iron. Others lime soften the water. You might ask what they do to the water before it is pumped out.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #338 on: May 07, 2015, 01:21:28 PM »
Here's my local water.  Pretty much sodium and alkalinity.  Not much else.  lol

pH 8.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 217
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.36
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 4.1
ppm
Sodium, Na 79
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 3
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 12
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 2
Chloride, Cl 17
Carbonate, CO3 9
Bicarbonate, HCO3 191
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 172
Total Phosphorus, P 0.62
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #339 on: May 10, 2015, 05:08:15 AM »
Incidentally, this is our water source info:
http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/wri834189

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #340 on: October 21, 2015, 04:13:06 PM »
Here is my water report from Ward Labs, April 2014. Well water in East Central MN, Chisago County. Similar to other posters, my water make dynamite stouts, and my amber are pretty good, but when I try to go to IPAs and Pale Ales, it is hit and miss. Trying to understand the water chemistry and mash additions. -Eric

pH 8.3
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 221
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.37
Cations / Anions, me/L 4.3 / 4.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 4
Potassium, K < 1
Calcium, Ca 55
Magnesium, Mg 16
Total Hardness, CaCO3 204
Nitrate, NO3-N 2.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3
Chloride, Cl 7
Carbonate, CO3 9
Bicarbonate, HCO3 238
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 211
Total Phosphorus, P 0.02
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #341 on: October 21, 2015, 06:42:31 PM »
Similar to other posters, my water make dynamite stouts, and my amber are pretty good, but when I try to go to IPAs and Pale Ales, it is hit and miss. Trying to understand the water chemistry and mash additions. -Eric

For those paler beer styles you are going to want to reduce the alkalinity of your water to keep your mash pH from climbing too high.  The easiest thing is probably to cut it with RO or distilled and then add minerals back as necessary (for IPAs and APAs you will want to bump the sulfates up with some gypsum).

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #342 on: November 10, 2015, 12:01:44 AM »
Birmingham, Alabama Water Works Board Report 2014

Ca+2 = 59
Mg+2 = 8
Na+ = 8
CI- = 8
SO4-2 = 67
Alkanlinity HCO3 = 90
pH = 7.7

This is an area that I am not up to speed on.  Anyone want to tell me if this is a good profile or not?  Currently I use 1 ground campden tablet & 1 tbl sp pH5.2 in strike & sparge water on brew day.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #343 on: November 10, 2015, 04:47:33 PM »
Birmingham, Alabama Water Works Board Report 2014

Ca+2 = 59
Mg+2 = 8
Na+ = 8
CI- = 8
SO4-2 = 67
Alkanlinity HCO3 = 90
pH = 7.7

This is an area that I am not up to speed on.  Anyone want to tell me if this is a good profile or not?  Currently I use 1 ground campden tablet & 1 tbl sp pH5.2 in strike & sparge water on brew day.

I'll take a swing, I'm not an expert, but I did stay at a..., well anyway.

It looks pretty good as a base for a lot of styles low RA and pretty moderate amount of calcium and sulfate. You have room to add a lot of that stuff or leave it as is. You could dilute 50/50 with RO to get a pretty close to perfect pilsen water I think.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #344 on: November 10, 2015, 11:46:58 PM »
Here's my town water which I soften. Tested by Ward Laboratory on 09/08/2014

pH 7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 495
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.82
Cations / Anions, me/L 9.2 / 9.1
               ppm
Sodium, Na 186
Potassium, K <1
Calcium, Ca 13
Magnesium, Mg 5
Total Hardness, CaCO3 53
Nitrate, NO3-N  0.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 21
Chloride, Cl 26
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 427
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 352
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit