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Offline flbrewer

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Water Testing
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:21:11 am »
I've ordered a couple of tests through Ward which seem great but are pricey. I heard this mentioned today and was curious if anyone has tried their chemistry kits. Much more affordable considering you can test many times.

http://www.hach.com/brewingguide-waterquality

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Re: Water Testing
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 09:52:46 am »
Are they cheaper than the $26 bucks (or whatever) to Ward?
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Re: Water Testing
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2015, 10:00:32 am »
I guess I am confused why you would need more than one test.
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Re: Water Testing
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 10:19:19 am »
I don't need more than one, but if you can test more often why not? The tests on that link are more expensive per test but you get a lot of them. I'm guessing the technology and results are not bear what Ward reports.

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Re: Water Testing
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 10:52:00 am »
I guess I am confused why you would need more than one test.

Locations that have variable water supplies or water quality will benefit from having the ability to test their current water quality just prior to brewing. The most important testing tends to be calcium content and alkalinity. With this information, its more likely that you can get closer to your intended mashing pH and sparging water target.

I like having an occasional report from a good lab like Ward, but if I had water that changed from time to time, I would rely strongly on test kits like mentioned here.
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