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Old 04-03-2011, 02:35 AM   #1
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So this whole water chemistry with all grain brewing has been very daunting to me. I brewed an APA last week and used bottled spring water as I didn't really know if I should use my tap water (tastes great through my Britta pitcher and pretty good without.) I wasn't really sure if it would have been fine to actually brew with though. Below is the most current water report for my city. Per How To Brew I think it is missing a number of things that I would need to know in regards to all grain brewing, but I could be wrong. Please let me know what you guys think. Just not sure if I once I do start using my tap water ran through a charcoal filter if I should be adding anything. Thanks in advance.

http://utilities.columbus.gov/Water/PDFs/CCR2010.pdf

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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Here is the 2010 water report for the dublin rd plant. If you are not in this area call the lab at 614-645-7691 and ask for the report that includes Na, and Mg. They will probably realize you are brewing beer. The guy I talked to said he gets calls all the time for it.

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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as a follow up this profile is pretty good for brewing. Only real issue is the SO4 which is a bit high for malty beers like hefes but some CaCl would fix this real fast

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
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I am thinking about brewing a nut brown ale, and I am serviced by this water plant. Any suggestions on treating the tap water, or should it be fine?

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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How is this profile for hoppy beers? It seems like my hop flavors don't really "pop" but that could be something else I'm doing wrong...

Edit: Your link doesn't work for me but here's another one, though it's from 2010. http://utilities.columbus.gov/upload...R%202010v4.pdf

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #6
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Any tips for improving the water quality for trying to brew northernbrewer nut brown ale?

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:12 AM   #7
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This is excellent, thanks for posting. Been looking for a profile on the water here in Cbus for a while.

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In general I just use straight up. If anything I dilute 1/2 with RO for really light beers. The one thing you must absolutely do is add campden tablets for the chlorine. Coulmbus uses lots of it. 1/2 tablet per 5 gals as you warm up water. I use to use all RO with addition of my own salts when i was troubleshooting but it was kind of a PITA. I finally traced it to the chlorine and after I started using campden alot of my troubles went away.

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In general I just use straight up. If anything I dilute 1/2 with RO for really light beers. The one thing you must absolutely do is add campden tablets for the chlorine. Coulmbus uses lots of it. 1/2 tablet per 5 gals as you warm up water. I use to use all RO with addition of my own salts when i was troubleshooting but it was kind of a PITA. I finally traced it to the chlorine and after I started using campden alot of my troubles went away.
This is good to hear, I recently started using campden but haven't tasted any of the beer yet.
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The one thing you must absolutely do is add campden tablets for the chlorine. Coulmbus uses lots of it.
This seems to be the case, regardless of which of the 3 plants serve your house. Oddly, I didn't notice it until I actually dechlorinated my water, and smelled the difference. Now that my nose has been attuned to it, my tap water smells strongly like a swimming pool. The difference (before and after the campden, and 1 tablet is good for roughly 20 gallons) is really astounding.

There's a thread in the Brew Science section where I've posted some recent measurements for the Hap Cremean plant, in case anyone's interested.
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