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Old 08-31-2009, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default Columbus Ohio water profile?

Didn't know if someone had this available by chance?
I've got my all grain set up ready to go for the first go round. Unfortunately I haven't done my homework as far as my water is concerned. As you can imagine I'm chomping at the bit to get started with all grain brewing.
Am I better off building my water from RO?
Or trying to adjust the water from my tap?
Is there a way to get brewing off the bat while I figure all this out?
Thanks for putting up with all the questions!

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Old 08-31-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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Not sure if this is too late, but you can probably go ahead and brew with what you have. Of course filter for chlorine if you smell or taste any. I wouldn't let it sto pme from brewing is what I'm saying.

at your next convenience go to the city offices or look online (they may have it posted) for a city water report. Or have a Ward labs analysis done. You can then better adjust your water for the particular style you are brewing.

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:33 PM   #3
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Public Utilities Homepage
http://utilities.columbus.gov/Water/PDFs/CCR2008.pdf

Looks like the pdf does not include all the mineral content that we brewers care about. Also you have three different water plants serving different areas of Columbus. I think the most important part of that water report to you is this:

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Originally Posted by http://utilities.columbus.gov/Water/PDFs/CCR2008.pdf
For additional information or questions about Columbus water quality please call the Water Quality Assurance Lab at (614) 645-7691
On a side note -- how hard is it to type "<your city> water report" into google?
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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You can always reverse osmosis our water or get bottled for less than $.32 a gallon at kroger or walmart, too.

I personally think columbus water smells like it was filtered through a horses ass.

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Old 01-14-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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This is an old thread, but if you call that number they will give it to you based on your water pump. She also told me to make some good beer

Here is what I got for the Dublin Rd plant:

Ca 38
Mg 6
Na 60
HCO3 75
SO4 128
Cl 96

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Here's the most recent data for those served by the Hap Cremean plant (which provides water through most of the north and east sides of town).

Ca 31
Mg 10
HCO3 34
SO4 59
Na 15
Cl 25

Also, total hardness = 118

What odd water we have here. Very low in bicarbonates, low in mostly everything else, too. Looks like I'm good for brewing light beers. Happy brewing, kids!

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Old 01-24-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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Am I better off building my water from RO?
Or trying to adjust the water from my tap?
That depends on the style of the beer and what's in your tap water.
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Is there a way to get brewing off the bat while I figure all this out?
Yes, that's what the Water Primer in the Stickies area is for.
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EDIT: Here is the profile I got 3 years ago.

I keep meaning to get a new profile, but if you call the water department and ask for one they will give you a detailed report based on your service plant. I think it took less than 24 hours when I got one about 3 years ago.

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I keep meaning to get a new profile, but if you call the water department and ask for one they will give you a detailed report based on your service plant. I think it took less than 24 hours when I got one about 3 years ago.
I talked to the plant today, and the guy said the water has changed very little over the past few years. The above data, and your old data, ought to be accurate still.

So to make sure I'm reading this right, what would you water experts say this profile if best for, left untreated? It's basically low in everything except sulfates.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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Any info on Alkalinity as CaCO3 for Hap Cremean?

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