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Old 02-11-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
Jan 2007
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I was able to get my water report online and I am not sure if it has all the info I need to give me a full analysis of my brewing water. Also from what I have looked at I don't really know what I can determine from it. I want to know if my water is way out of whack or should I leave it alone. This is the info I got. Any help would be great.

Hardness (as CaCO3/L) 132
Alkalinity 100
Sodium (ppm) 6.8
Chlorine 0.4

This is the link to the report if i left anything out. I just pasted the stuff I thought was important to brewing.

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Old 02-12-2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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Evanston, IL
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You usually want the ion concentrations (Mg, Ca,...) also. You should have a look at the water section on How To Brew to see what we're looking for. However, I suspect that Evanston's water is similar to Chicago's. If it is, your water is just fine provided you use a carbon filter to remove some of the off-tastes (and perhaps add some campden to get rid of the chloramines if you like). I brew with Chicago's tap water, and if I remember right, it's somewhat similar to London's water.

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