Originally Posted by nathan
Does it make any more sense to have samples from water that went through the softener, straight from the well, and/or through a prefilter? Then I could compare and see which was the best to use.
Maybe the softened water is out-right bad to use for lack of calcium/magnesium and increased Na, put perhaps straight from well and sediment pre-filtered water?
From what I've heard, using softened water is bad for brewing. If your water is very hard, I would send it to the lab without going through the softener. Then you'll know your base water profile and can make calculations to dilute with distilled water, etc., if necessary, for brewing.