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Old 10-18-2013, 03:41 AM   #1
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I got the results of my water profile back. Looks like I'm going to need an RO system or buy RO/Distilled water.

ph 7.7
Sodium 151
potassium 12
calcium 116
magnesium 60
Total Hardness 540
nitrate (NO3-N) 5.9 >x4.43 = 26.134
sulfate (SO4-S) 93 > x3 = 279
chloride 297
carbonate <1
bicarbonate 236
total alkalinity 194
fluoride 1.6
iron .03

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Old 10-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss. RO or distilled water are in your future. A minimum of 1 to 1 dilution is required to bring that water's Mg and Na to reasonable levels.

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In using the various water profile spreadsheets, and beersmith, to get the levels down enough, I have to go to 75% to 100% distilled or RO. My plan is to just use 100% distilled and build my water profile from there.

With in the next year we will hopefully be drilling a water well, maybe it will be better brewing water.

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I never go to Midland but I do see big "water machines" on many corners in cities in Texas. I think the water is pretty bad for brewing in the whole state, for the most part!

Anyway, the last time I got water from the "water machine" in HEB, it was really cheap- like $2 for 5 gallons or so. It means lugging heavy containers home, but it would be a cheap fix for now. Reverse Osmosis water is perfect for brewing, with some minor additions, or you could use it for dilution for your current water.

I like those "drive up" water machines, so you can fill and put them right in your truck (or car) and not carry them out from HEB or Wal-mart.

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where and how much was the water testing? Would like to send mine in eventually.

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where and how much was the water testing? Would like to send mine in eventually.
I sent mine to Ward Labs (www.wardlab.com), it was $27.25 and was pretty quick. I printed and filled out their sample sheet, took a disposable water bottle, rinsed the bottle out several times with tap water, then filled it with tap water, wrote my name and test requested on the bottle, then wrapped electrical tape very tightly around the lid, packaged it and sent it off via USPS (about $8).

I have attached a snapshot of what they sent me to submit a sample.
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I never go to Midland but I do see big "water machines" on many corners in cities in Texas. I think the water is pretty bad for brewing in the whole state, for the most part!

Anyway, the last time I got water from the "water machine" in HEB, it was really cheap- like $2 for 5 gallons or so. It means lugging heavy containers home, but it would be a cheap fix for now. Reverse Osmosis water is perfect for brewing, with some minor additions, or you could use it for dilution for your current water.

I like those "drive up" water machines, so you can fill and put them right in your truck (or car) and not carry them out from HEB or Wal-mart.

Just a thought!
Only thing coming out of the ground around here worth anything is oil and natural gas, and that business is booming. The cost of drilling a water well here is $30 per foot, water is anywhere from 150ft to 200ft down, and no guarantee you will hit water.

I was a little skeptical on the water coming out of those drive up machines being as you don't know how much they have been used and how often they change the membranes. However, it is the easiest and cheapest option. There is one of those ice and RO machines very close to me, I can get the ice for chilling and water for brewing in the same trip (20lbs ice for $2 and 5gal RO for $2).
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That water profile really is impressively bad.

Managing my water profiles was one of the more dramatic changes to my beers and the water profile here wasn't that bad to begin with.


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That water profile really is impressively bad.

Managing my water profiles was one of the more dramatic changes to my beers and the water profile here wasn't that bad to begin with.


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I knew it was bad but I had no idea it was that bad until now. We stopped drinking it, even the dog gets bottled water.

You should see what that water does to the your brick, tubs/showers/sinks, pipes and faucets. CLR is our best friend.
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where and how much was the water testing? Would like to send mine in eventually.
Most water utilities will be glad to send you a report if you ask. No guarantee's, but might be worth a try. The engineer at mine actually added me to her mailing list so I get a copy each time they do a full re test (once a year).
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