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Old 05-11-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Do another other brewers in Indianapolis, preferably the eagle creek area, have a complete water profile? I can't seem to get anything from the water company that provides me with much usefulness.

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Old 05-11-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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In your same boat man. I live in camby on the west side. We just have indianapolis water and i am unable to get a profile either. Wonder if i could take a sample to a pool shop and have them test it?

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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Here is a compendium of water profiles compiled by FBI (Foam Blowers of Indiana) members from the Greater Indy Area. These are all Ward Labs reports, so multiply the SO4-S reading by 3 to find the true SO4 concentration. As usual, use Bru'n Water to perform all your water adjustments if you want the best evaluation and adjustment of your brewing water. I strongly urge any Indy brewers to consider joining the FBI since its a great club!


West Side Indianapolis H20

pH 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 388
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.65
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.2 / 6.5

ppm
Sodium, Na 32
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 66
Magnesium, Mg 17
Total Hardness, CaCO3 236
Nitrate, NO3-N 2.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 20
Chloride, Cl 57
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 211
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 173

East of Indianapolis H2O

pH 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 368
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.61
Cations / Anions, me/L 5.8 / 6.1

ppm
Sodium, Na 33
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca 58
Magnesium, Mg 17
Total Hardness, CaCO3 216
Nitrate, NO3-N 2.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 21
Chloride, Cl 55
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 187
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 153


West Side of Indianapolis H2O#2

pH 7.4
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 385
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.64
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.3 / 6.6

ppm
Sodium, Na 32
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 67
Magnesium, Mg 17
Total Hardness, CaCO3 238
Nitrate, NO3-N 2.7 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 20
Chloride, Cl 57
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 211
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 173


Southeast side of Indianapolis

pH 6.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 398
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.66
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.5 / 6.7

ppm
Sodium, Na 34
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 70
Magnesium, Mg 18
Total Hardness, CaCO3 250
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 20
Chloride, Cl 59
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 224
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 183


Near Eastside Indianapolis H2O

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 380
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.63
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.2 / 6.4

ppm
Sodium, Na 17
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 73
Magnesium, Mg 20
Total Hardness, CaCO3 266
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.7 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 32
Chloride, C 33
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 205
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 168


Broadripple, IN H2O

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 349
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.58
Cations / Anions, me/L 5.6 / 5.7

ppm
Sodium, Na 25
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 59
Magnesium, Mg 18
Total Hardness, CaCO3 223
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.9 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 16
Chloride, Cl 50
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 197
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 161



Meridian-Kessler Indianapolis H2O

pH 7.3
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est378.0
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm... 0.63
Cations/Anions, me/L 6.6 / 6.7

ppm
Sodium, Na....................................... 22
Potassium, K..................................... 3
Calcium, Ca...................................... 74
Magnesium, Mg.................................... 23
Total Hardness, CaCO3............................ 281
Nitrate, NO3-N................................... 1.0
Sulfate, SO4-S................................... 21
Chloride, Cl..................................... 39
Carbonate, CO3................................... < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3................................ 258
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3.......................... 212

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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Here is some other surrounding towns for reference that could not be included in the post above. Enjoy!

Warning: the water profile for Carmel is NOT for the municipal tap water. That tap water is ion-exchange softened and is full of sodium and not suitable for brewing without RO treatment. PS: Westfield municipal water is also ion-exchange softened and not suitable for brewing use.


Zionsville - Public

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 377
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.63
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.3 / 6.5

ppm
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 73
Magnesium, Mg 21
Total Hardness, CaCO3 270
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.7 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 33
Chloride, Cl 33
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 211
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 173

Fishers – Fall Creek WATER

pH 7.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 551
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.92
Cations / Anions, me/L 7.6 / 7.6

ppm
Sodium, Na 4
Potassium, K 283
Calcium, Ca 2
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 9
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 11
Chloride, Cl 45
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 346
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 284


Carmel, IN H2O

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 377
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.63
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.3 / 6.5

ppm
Sodium, Na 18
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 73
Magnesium, Mg 21
Total Hardness, CaCO3 270
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.7 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 33
Chloride, Cl 33
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 211
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 173


Carmel, Well H2O

pH 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 435
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.73
Cations / Anions, me/L 5.9 / 7.1

ppm
Sodium, Na 13
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 68
Magnesium, Mg 24
Total Hardness, CaCO3 270
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 17
Chloride, Cl 37
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 303
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 249
Floride, F 0.30
Total Iron, Fe 0.02


Zionsville Well H2O

pH 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est. 381
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.63
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.3 / 6.5

ppm
Sodium, Na 21
Potassium, K 3
Calcium, Ca 73
Magnesium, Mg 20
Total Hardness, CaCO3 266
Nitrate, NO3-N 1.6 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 31
Chloride, Cl 36
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 211
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 173

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Regarding the Indy water reports, they should all be relatively similar since the water source is either Fall Creek, White River, or Eagle Creek. You may see some difference in the east side vs. west side due to these differing sources. Of course, there is seasonal variation also.

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Old 05-11-2011, 11:16 PM   #6
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Yatzee!!!! Thanks man

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Old 05-11-2011, 11:33 PM   #7
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Nice! Thanks!

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Would the west side indianapolis report approximate that of Brownsburg?

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I know this is an old thread but since I haven't yet gotten to the point in my brewing career to delve into water profiles, does anyone have recommendations on what if anything needs to be added to our Indy water? Is there even an easy answer to this?

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The main thing is to neutralize alkalinity as needed to produce an acceptable mash pH and to reduce the alkalinity of sparging water. Given the typically high alkalinity, using phosphoric acid will have the least flavor impact in the beers.

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