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Offline Silver_Is_Money

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #450 on: July 06, 2019, 04:25:09 PM »
All I know with reasonable certainty with regard to my well water is that (via my own repeated testing) it is nominally 42.5 GH and 24.5 KH.  It is also (by my measure) 876 ppm TDS and it has a conductivity measure of 1,367 MicroSiemens (uS/Cm).  And lastly its measured pH is 7.2.  And it has a quite noticeable HS odor.

From this I can infer the following:

Total hardness is 757 ppm
Ca++ is in the ballpark of 243 ppm
Mg++ is in the ballpark of 37 ppm
Alkalinity is 436 ppm
Bicarb is 534 ppm
NA+ = ?
Cl- = ?
SO4-- = ?


 

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #451 on: July 16, 2019, 10:54:39 PM »
After living in this house since 1990, I finally sent a sample of my well water in Tampa to Wardlabs.  This is their analysis:
pH 7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 291
Electrical Conductivity 0.49
Cations/Anions 5.6/5.3
Sodium, Na 14
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 88.73
Magnesium, Mg 6
Total Hardness, CaCO3 248
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.4
Sulfate, SO4-S 14
Chloride, Cl 25
Carbonate, CO3 <1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 221
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 182

This is better than I expected, but I still need to learn what it actually means.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #452 on: September 20, 2019, 06:49:17 PM »
Just had my RO tested:

PH   6.4
TDS. 26
elec. .04
Cations/Anions. .3/.4
Na 7
K.  Less than 1
Ca  .4
Mg. Less than 1
CaCO3.  Less than1
Nitrate. Less than .1
SO4-S.  Less than 1
Cl 1
HCO3 21
Total Alkalinity 17
Total Phosphorus. Less than .01
Total Iron. Less than .01

I always put in as 100 percent RO dilution, but now I can be specific...not that this reading shows much there....just thought I Would confirm what I expected.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #453 on: April 30, 2020, 02:42:44 PM »
My Water Report East Daviess County, KY

From Ward Labs:
Total Dissolved Solids 218
ppm:

Sodium Na                    16
Potassium K                    7
Magnesium Mg               21
Total Hardness CaCO3   140     
Sulfate SO4-S                23
Chloride Cl                     24
Carbonate CaCO3        <1.0
Bicarbonate CaCO3         72
Total Alkalinity                60

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #454 on: April 30, 2020, 04:19:18 PM »
My Water Report East Daviess County, KY

From Ward Labs:
Total Dissolved Solids 218
ppm:

Sodium Na                    16
Potassium K                    7
Magnesium Mg               21
Total Hardness CaCO3   140     
Sulfate SO4-S                23
Chloride Cl                     24
Carbonate CaCO3        <1.0
Bicarbonate CaCO3         72
Total Alkalinity                60

Where is the calcium? With that hardness value you've got a bit.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #455 on: April 30, 2020, 08:58:51 PM »
Oops I forgot Calcium it is 21.3.

I've been brewing with RO water from the grocery store but its no longer available because of corona virus.
I wanted to get my water tested to see what I could use it for.

Any comments are appreciated.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2020, 09:01:29 PM by purduekenn »

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #456 on: May 01, 2020, 02:10:11 PM »
Oops I forgot Calcium it is 21.3.

I've been brewing with RO water from the grocery store but its no longer available because of corona virus.
I wanted to get my water tested to see what I could use it for.

Any comments are appreciated.

I ran the calcium and magnesium numbers into a hardness calculation, it checked out.

Calcium is low, >50 ppm is recommended for many beers. Lagers can do with less, but 35 might be better.

Ward Labs reports the SO4 as sulfur. So the rule is multiply by 3, so SO4 is 79 ppm.

Pretty good water for brewing. Add Gypsum or CaCl2 to up the Ca, which you use would depend on malty vs hoppy. For some lagers I would drop the alkalinity with acid, Phosphoric or lactic work.

Use a brewing water calculator, I like Bru'nwater by Martin Brungard. You can download for free, if you already haven't done that.

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #457 on: May 01, 2020, 06:40:16 PM »
Thanks hopfenundmalz I appreciate it! I thought my brewing water was decent but I'm not an expert. I have a Mac with Numbers so it has some glitches with Bru'n water. So I've been using EZ Water and Beer Smith to calculate acid and mineral additions. I brewed a Blonde Ale with tap water and it tastes good. I recently kegged a Helles that was brewed with my tap water.  I think it should be good from what I've sampled so far. I have been thinking about diluting my brewing water with distilled water for Lagers next time I brew one.
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #458 on: June 02, 2020, 04:45:47 PM »
putzing with my water only has hurt me, but my water is pretty damn soft last time i tested it, calcium less then 30, sulfates super low like 5-10, chlorides like 30 cant fully remember but i can tell you when i did know exactly what it was it never made my beer better but ph thats what made the difference for me
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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #459 on: June 02, 2020, 05:23:16 PM »

I use my water for darker beers and ones where I am adding a decent amount of calcium sulfate or chloride (or both). I use a decent amount of lactic to bring the estimated pH into range on all but the darkest beers. I will cut it or replace with RO depending on the style. 


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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #460 on: July 05, 2020, 03:18:30 PM »
Private well adjacent to White River.  Depth unknown

pH   7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm   258
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm    .043
Cations / Anions, me/L    5.4 / 4.9
   
ppm
Sodium, Na   3
Potassium, K   1
Calcium, Ca   67
Magnesium, Mg   22
Total Hardness, CaC03    259
Nitrate, N03-N   0.7 (Safe)
Sulfate, S04-s   2
Chloride, Cl   4
Carbonate, C03   < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HC03   282
Total Alkalinity, CaC03   232
Total Phosphorus, P   < .01
Total Iron, Fe   < .01

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #461 on: July 05, 2020, 03:20:17 PM »
Mountain Home, AR Municipal water supply (essentially Bull Shoals Lake)

pH   8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm   228
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm    .038
Cations / Anions, me/L    4.4 / 4.1
   
ppm
Sodium, Na   3
Potassium, K   2
Calcium, Ca   43
Magnesium, Mg   25
Total Hardness, CaC03    212
Nitrate, N03-N   0.1 (Safe)
Sulfate, S04-s   2
Chloride, Cl   7
Carbonate, C03   < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HC03   233
Total Alkalinity, CaC03   194
Total Phosphorus, P   < .01
Total Iron, Fe   < .01

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Re: Post your water report
« Reply #462 on: July 05, 2020, 03:21:56 PM »
360 deep private well adjacent to Bull Shoals Lake.  Primarily limestone formations in area.


pH   7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm   332
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm    .055
Cations / Anions, me/L    6.1 / 6.3
   
ppm
Sodium, Na   3
Potassium, K   2
Calcium, Ca   62
Magnesium, Mg   34
Total Hardness, CaC03    297
Nitrate, N03-N   < .1 (Safe)
Sulfate, S04-s   6
Chloride, Cl   3
Carbonate, C03   < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HC03   358
Total Alkalinity, CaC03   295
Total Phosphorus, P   < .01
Total Iron, Fe   < .01