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Old 02-16-2007, 04:09 AM   #1
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Finally got a report from my water company and trying to get everything inline for my first AG.

Calcium 92 mg/l
Magnesium 25 mg/l
Sulfate 104.3
Sodium 18 mg/l
Chloride 22.3 mg/l
Barcarbonate "usually runs around 400 to 450 mg/l or ppm it's actually not monitored often", so says my water company.

How do these numbers look?

I plan to do a red or brown ale for my first AG.

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Old 02-16-2007, 04:23 AM   #2

I just did the same thing. Look at this it will explain everything, go back one page as well.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html

I would up load this excel file too. Its at the bottom of the page below.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-3.html

My water is like London.
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:01 PM   #3
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Finally got a report from my water company and trying to get everything inline for my first AG.

Calcium 92 mg/l
Magnesium 25 mg/l
Sulfate 104.3
Sodium 18 mg/l
Chloride 22.3 mg/l
Barcarbonate "usually runs around 400 to 450 mg/l or ppm it's actually not monitored often", so says my water company.

How do these numbers look?

I plan to do a red or brown ale for my first AG.

Thanks
Don
Pretty bland looking waterbut you are missing the one you really need... PH (it may be listed as hardness).

 
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:18 PM   #4
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That's what I thought. Local water co. get our water from wells.

I am making an AG Brown Ale and plan on buying some spring water to add.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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you have all the numbers you need. Original pH is not nearly as important as mash pH which relates to residual alkalinity. From this you can estimate mash pH/mineral/acid additions to get you where you need to be. Read chapter 15 in Palmer (linked above) and play with his spreadsheet (linked above) and you will eventually be a water chem. buff. To me it looks like you have very carbonate water, which means I see stouts in your future (unless you want to play with your water profile...i.e. acid or minerals).

 
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To me it looks like you have very carbonate water, which means I see stouts in your future (unless you want to play with your water profile...i.e. acid or minerals).
Stouts you say..
Well I could learn to to live on stouts.

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Old 02-20-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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That's what I thought. Local water co. get our water from wells.

I am making an AG Brown Ale and plan on buying some spring water to add.
Your water will change depending on which well they are pulling from. Those numbers are probably from the well they just happen to currently be pulling from... or it's an average.

Chances are all the other wells are close to those numbers because the water is comoing from the same area.

 
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