Hey everyone -
So I'm anticipating a jump to All-Grain Brewing in the next few months and I decided to start doing research on water chemistry in light of the recent water discussion on extract brewing. For the record I use bottled water, partial boil, and bottled water (unboiled) to top off an I'm quite happy with my most recent beers.
Here are the tools I've pulled off the internet to try and come to some understanding of what I need to do with my brewing water:
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2009
Tom M's Water Spreadsheet Thing
My water is coming from the Alvarado Treatment Plant
, so I plug in the following:
Calcium (Ca) - 59.9ppm
Magnesium (Mg) - 25.6ppm
Total Alkalinity (as CaCO3) - 124
At this point according to the calculator if I take out all additions/dilutions it is saying my tap ware is good for a Dark American Lager, a couple Scottish Ales, American Amber, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, etc...
Is this a reliable tool for determining how to treat my tap water? If I brewed using my tap water would it make for a tastey Belgian Strong Dark Ale? If this is a bunch of Horseweiser can someone steer me in the right direction? I'm not a scientist, I've only got a basic understanding of half the acronyms used by this site, so an answer that is simplified would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help, Cheers,