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Old 01-31-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Ok, I was planning on brewing my first AG tomorrow but in light of not having my full water report back from my city yet, I have decided to hold off. I don't want to screw up the first batch.

Here is what I have from the City so far. I'm still prodding to get the rest.

Alkalinity (mg/l) 152
Hardness Total (mg/l) 260.9
pH 7.72
Sodium (mg/l) 97.7
Sulfate (mg/l) 75
Total dissolved solids (mg/l) 546

Since I've just begun really studying water's effect on beer, I'm not entirely sure how to use this info.

Anyone have any quick insight?


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Old 01-31-2009, 09:16 PM   #2
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Brew the batch.

Receive complete report.

Brew identical batch making whatever corrections are called for.

Drink and compare.

I brew AG using untreated tap water (with all its chlorine and chlorimites and vegimite still intact). Is there a difference? I am positive. But it still makes beer, and you would learn alot by comparing the two products and then could post and describe how your water chemistry corrections improved your beer.
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Thanks, chefmike. I'm just afraid it will have that harshness I keep reading about.

Do you take pH readings of your mash?
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