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Offline narcout

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #345 on: November 11, 2015, 12:26:07 AM »
Man, that is a lot of sodium and a lot of alkalinity.

What does your water look like before it goes through the softener?  You might want to skip it for brewing and then dilute with RO or distilled to cut alkalinity as necessary. 
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #346 on: November 11, 2015, 12:33:46 AM »
Yeah, that softened water has a ton of Na, even for softened.  Of course the alkalinity and bicarbonate are through the roof. Most water in this area (and big parts of the Midwest) is just plain s^*t for brewing most styles. I made RO my friend.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #347 on: November 12, 2015, 12:19:01 AM »
Man, that is a lot of sodium and a lot of alkalinity.

What does your water look like before it goes through the softener?  You might want to skip it for brewing and then dilute with RO or distilled to cut alkalinity as necessary.

I haven't tested it before the softener but I have been diluting with 50/50 water to distilled. I got a bunch of RO from work to try it. Of course I don't have any info on the mineral content but I purchased a TDS tester to check it.
I may adjust my softener down a bit, but won't really know where it's at unless I retest. Which is a waste of money since my alkalinity/bicarbonate is stupid crazy. My plans are to get a RO system for the house.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #348 on: November 12, 2015, 02:21:39 AM »
Westminster, Maryland municipal tap water.

Test results from Ward Labs, from July 2015.  The sample was taken from the output of a carbon filter to strip the chlorine.

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 462
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.77
Cations / Anions, me/L 7.0 / 7.7

ppm:

Sodium, Na 33
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 81
Magnesium, Mg 17
Total Hardness, CaCO3 273
Nitrate, NO3-N 3.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 6
Chloride, Cl 118
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 229
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 188
Total Phosphorus, P 0.13
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #349 on: November 13, 2015, 02:38:39 AM »
Seattle (North Beach)

pH 7.1
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 55
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.09
Cations / Anions, me/L 0.7 / 0.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 2
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca 9
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 27
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 4
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 27
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 22
Total Phosphorus, P 0.55
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
« Last Edit: November 13, 2015, 02:40:29 AM by EnkAMania »
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #350 on: November 13, 2015, 02:46:06 AM »
Seattle (North Beach)

pH 7.1
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 55
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.09
Cations / Anions, me/L 0.7 / 0.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 2
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca 9
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 27
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 4
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 27
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 22
Total Phosphorus, P 0.55
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
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Westminster, Maryland municipal tap water.

Test results from Ward Labs, from July 2015.  The sample was taken from the output of a carbon filter to strip the chlorine.

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 462
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.77
Cations / Anions, me/L 7.0 / 7.7

ppm:

Sodium, Na 33
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 81
Magnesium, Mg 17
Total Hardness, CaCO3 273
Nitrate, NO3-N 3.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 6
Chloride, Cl 118
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 229
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 188
Total Phosphorus, P 0.13
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

Not as nice.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #351 on: November 19, 2015, 12:06:38 AM »
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA. 2500'elevation.  The three numbers are well water (200'), household softened water, and RO water (RO unit filters well water - I know that this isn't the best for the membrane, but I'm paranoid about residual sodium in the RO affecting some epiphytes that I water with it).  I only use water built from the RO for brewing. 

7.4          7.3           6.1           pH
412         409           7             TDS, ppm
0.69        0.68          0.01         EC, mmho/cm
8.1/8.2    7.3/8.0      0.1/0.4     Cations/Anions, me/L

15          112           1             Na
3            5              <1          K
119         35            1            Ca
17          7              <1          Mg
368        117           3            Total Hardness, CaCO3
<0.1      <0.1          <0.1       NO3-N
21         21             <1          SO4-S
11         11             <1          Cl
<1.0      <1.0         <1.0        CO3
401        389          25           HCO3
329        319          21           Total Alk, CaCO3
0.01       0.02         <0.01      P
0.13       0.06         <0.01      Fe

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #352 on: December 03, 2015, 03:47:14 PM »
Arlington, VA

pH - 8.0
TDS - 274
Conductivity - 0.46
Cations/Anions, me/L - 4.6/4.7

Sodium, Na - 26
Potassium, K - 4
Calcium, Ca - 49
Magnesium, Mg - 12
Total Hardness, CaCO3 - 173
Nitrate, NO3-N - 1.0
Sulfate, SO4-S - 18
Chloride, Cl - 41
Carbonate, CO3 - <1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 - 141
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 - 117
Total Phosphorus, P - 0.80
Total Iron, Fe - 0.07

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #353 on: December 13, 2015, 04:08:57 PM »
Brookfield, CT carbon filtered municipal treated well water.


pH 7.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 4548
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 7.58
Cations / Anions, me/L 7.7 / 7.8

ppm:

Sodium, Na 29
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 76
Magnesium, Mg 30
Total Hardness, CaCO3 315
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 7
Chloride, Cl 82
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 299
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 247
Total Phosphorus, P 0.21
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit


Installed an RO system and sent new sample to Ward Labs:

pH 7.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 42
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.07
Cations / Anions, me/L 0.7 / 0.7

ppm:

Sodium, Na 8
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 4
Magnesium, Mg 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 14
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.5 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S <1
Chloride, Cl 9
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 19
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 16

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #354 on: December 14, 2015, 03:57:32 PM »
Just got this back, but I don't know the conversions from mg/L and ug/L for ppm or ppb or ppt,  So I got a report but can't make out exactly what I want out of it... your thoughts

pH 7.4
Total Hardness [CaCO3] 340 mg/L
Fluoride [F-] .87 mg/L
Sodium [Na] 1.12 mg/L
Iron [Fe] 0.143 mg/L
Manganese [Mn]  .011 mg/L
HAA5 .93 mg/L (additive for microbes)
Lead [Pb] 2ug/L
Copper [Cu] 1.199 mg/L
Nitrate [NO3-] .22 mg/L
Chlorine [Cl] .83 mg/L
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #355 on: December 14, 2015, 04:28:20 PM »
Just got this back, but I don't know the conversions from mg/L and ug/L for ppm or ppb or ppt,  So I got a report but can't make out exactly what I want out of it... your thoughts

pH 7.4
Total Hardness [CaCO3] 340 mg/L
Fluoride [F-] .87 mg/L
Sodium [Na] 1.12 mg/L
Iron [Fe] 0.143 mg/L
Manganese [Mn]  .011 mg/L
HAA5 .93 mg/L (additive for microbes)
Lead [Pb] 2ug/L
Copper [Cu] 1.199 mg/L
Nitrate [NO3-] .22 mg/L
Chlorine [Cl] .83 mg/L

Just use mg/L=ppm, ug/L=ppb, close enough for beer brewing.

You report is missing the important brewing ions. Look at the Ward Labs reports for what ions you want to know but don't have. Yo do have sodium, Na.

Ca, Mg, Chloride, SO4, HCO3 (bicarbonate) are what you want to know for brewing.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #356 on: December 20, 2015, 12:42:34 AM »
Water Report for Sonoma, California
November 2015

Note: This is NOT in the City - this is from a home served by the Valley of the Moon Water District. 

Taken from tap at home near Verano and Highway 12

Parts per million (ppm)

pH   8.5
TDS Est   183
EC   0.31
Cations   3.4
Anions   3.8
Sodium   22
Calcium   24
Magnesium   16
Potassium   1
Total Hardness   127
Nitrate   0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfur (SO4-S) 5  (see note*)
CO3   3.4
HCO3   199
Chloride   5
Total Alkalinity   168
   
* NOTE:  This is a Ward Labs Report. Ward Labs reports Sulfate as Sulfur (SO4-S) so you must multiply by that by 3 to get SO4!.  So 5 x 3 = 15; use 15 in your calculations.
   
« Last Edit: December 26, 2015, 08:46:20 PM by anykine »

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« Reply #357 on: January 28, 2016, 07:23:21 PM »
Here's mine:


Location : Clearwater, Idaho (rural) from a stand pipe directly out of my private well @220'

pH       7.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm      153
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm     0.25
Cations / Anions, me/L    2.9 / 2.6ppm
Sodium, Na     13
Potassium, K     3
Calcium, Ca     21
Magnesium, Mg     10
Total Hardness, CaCO3     94
Nitrate, NO3-N      0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S     2
Chloride, Cl     < 1
Carbonate, CO3     < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3     166
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3     137
Total Phosphorus, P     0.08
Total Iron, Fe     < 0.01

From a Ward Labs report

This water works as a good base for just about everything I've brewed with the exception of light lagers and pilsners, which require considerable dilution with distilled water to get in the ballpark before chemical and acid additions.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #358 on: March 22, 2016, 04:21:40 PM »
Here's my water profile for Gainesville, GA (Lake Lanier area). It's a pretty "clean slate":

pH: 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm: 56
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm: 0.09
Cations / Anions, me/L: 0.8 / 0.7
ppm
Sodium, Na: 6
Potassium, K: 4
Calcium, Ca: 6
Magnesium, Mg: 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3: 19
Nitrate, NO3-N: 0.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S: 3
Chloride, Cl: 6
Carbonate, CO3: < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3: 19
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3: 16
Total Phosphorus, P: 0.14
Total Iron, Fe: < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

From a Ward Labs report. I've been told by the city that the profile doesn't change month to month or seasonally like some places do.
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« Reply #359 on: March 30, 2016, 08:28:17 PM »
Got this recently...can't figure out how my sodium is so damn high! I ensured that I bypassed my water softener and ran the water for about 5 minutes. This is city tap water filtered through a Pur filtering device.

pH- 8.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm-503
Cations / Anions, me/L- 8.1/8.6
Sodium, Na- 179
Potassium, K- 12
Calcium, Ca Magnesium, Mg- 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3- 3
Nitrate, NO3-N- < 1
Sulfate, SO4-S- 58
Chloride, Cl- 52
Carbonate, CO3- 9.4
Bicarbonate, HCO3- 195
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3- 173
Total Phosphorus, P- .82
Total Iron, Fe- .02