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Old 06-23-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Boston Area All Grain Brewers?

Any brewers in the Boston area that use MWRA water for your all grain brews? I'm getting some bad batches and am thinking it's the water, I haven't done any water conditioning and just read through Palmer's article on it, and it looks like I've been brewing with a high chloride to sulfate ratio resulting in a too malty beer. What kind of treatments are you doing on your brew water for the mash and boil?

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Old 06-24-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
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I'm on the North Shore, and we have a TON of chlorine and sitch in our water...have gotten that plastic/band aid taste in three batches (my first three).

Just brewed up my fourth and used spring water, even for rinsing/sanitizing.

We kind of figured that this was the issue, and even asked my LHBS and they said that the water was probably the cause of the taste.

I am kind of new at the whole home brew thing to start messing around with water conditioning; hopefully I'll get a few successful batches under my belt and then start to alter my tap water

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Old 06-24-2011, 02:57 AM   #3
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I'm going to make a batch this weekend adding a combination of gypsum, calcium chloride, and epsom salt and see if I get better results. I used the ez water calculator using the most recent Boston area water analysis report. Hopefully I get better results!

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Old 06-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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South-shore here....

MWRA just published their annual water report... We received ours in the mail yesterday. Here's a link:

http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/water/html/awqr.htm

The general complaint that I have is the level of fluoride and it's impact on brewing....

I've always used bottled spring water; usually Poland Spring.

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I've been using MWRA water for all-grain without a problem. I do have a house filter as well as undersink.

My last batch was in mid-May before things started to heat up, so it's possible the MWRA is increasing the chlorine now, which is going to mess things up if you don't filter.

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I'm brewing an IPA up tonight. I'll be adding campden tablets to the water for the chlorine and chloramine and then the water treatments. I want to avoid having to buy water to brew.

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I haven't had any issues with it. sounds like your water is partially from crystal lake, so maybe its the extra bleach they add in.

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Resurrecting an old thread but I live in Melrose and was wondering how you read the annual report to add into Beersmith...I think I have done it but always question the report...

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Hey Dakota, I ended up sending my water into a lab to get the numbers to punch into the Bru'n Water spreadsheet. Haven't had a problem after that. Melrose has the same water as Wakefield, MWRA, here are the numbers I used:

pH 8.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 240
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.40
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 3.8
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Sodium, Na 65
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 12
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 43
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 95
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 40
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 43

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Hey Dakota, I ended up sending my water into a lab to get the numbers to punch into the Bru'n Water spreadsheet. Haven't had a problem after that. Melrose has the same water as Wakefield, MWRA, here are the numbers I used:

pH 8.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 240
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.40
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 3.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 65
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 12
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 43
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 95
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 40
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 43
Thank you very much!
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