Water treatment - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Water treatment

Thread Tools
Old 03-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
Apr 2009
Posts: 466
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

in the efforts to brew the best beer possible, i've been looking into my area's water chemistry. without getting a sample actually tested i found some info online:
Hardness - 40-85
Fluoride 0 mg/L
Sodium 6.0 14.0 mg/L
Iron ND 0.75 mg/L
Manganese ND 0.10 mg/L
Lead 3.0 ug/L
Copper 0.14 mg/L
Calcium 16.1-22.7 PPM
Nitrate ND 0.05 mg/L
alkalinity 22.2-54.1 PPM
PH 7.0-8.5
i can get some more values if you need. I'm just wondering if this is good brewing water, or if i need to treat it somehow? I do filter my water.

Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
Misplaced_Canuck's Avatar
Jan 2011
NE Columbia SC - Formerly, Montreal Canada
Posts: 2,886
Liked 166 Times on 134 Posts

Those values are way too broad. But from the looks of it, you'll need to bring the pH down.

Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck
Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
Originally Posted by ebstauffer
Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.

Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
mabrungard's Avatar
Feb 2011
Carmel, IN
Posts: 4,171
Liked 623 Times on 483 Posts

That range is too broad, but the water is generally soft with moderate alkalinity. The iron content looks like it gets a little too high at times.

The report still misses the chloride and sulfate content which is needed to assess how much you might want to bump up those ions for particular brews.

It doesn't look too bad, but you should seek out the missing information.
Martin B
Carmel, IN
BJCP National
Foam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)

Brewing Water Information at:

Like Bru'n Water on Facebook for occasional discussions on brewing water and Bru'n Water

Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
Apr 2009
Posts: 466
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

chloride is 10-20ppm
sulfate is 7.8-48ppm

Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 05:25 PM   #5
Feb 2009
Scarborough, Maine
Posts: 884
Liked 14 Times on 11 Posts

I'd recommend 2 things;

1) Get TH's "EZ Water Calculator" from here: http://www.ezwatercalculator.com/

2) Get a water report from your water district if you have city/public water. They're typically required to provide a water analyses report for you (by law).
- or -
Get a sample and send it in for analysis. I'd recommend Ward Labs. Go here: http://www.wardlab.com/FeeSchedule/WaterAnalysis.aspx and get test W-6 "Household Complete Mineral Test" done.

The folks that have responded are correct though, the information really isn't sufficient to give an accurate answer. My guess is, based on your information, that the water changes over the course of the year (possibly due to the area drawing water from more than one source). I say that because, like the others have stated, the values reported span a fairly large range. If your water does come from various sources, then you'll be dealing with different water all year long (PITA). I'm fortunate that Virginia Beach provides a quarterly water analysis report and it remains fairly consistent all year long (indicating a consistent water source and water standards).

Try googling "water analysis report for --insert your town/city name here--". See what comes up

Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 05:46 PM   #6
flabyboy's Avatar
Dec 2010
Dover, MN
Posts: 945
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

this is what the results look like from my area. looks like its missing some needed values


Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water treatment Adam's Apples All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 10-22-2013 09:00 PM
Water treatment guidance please BOBTHEukBREWER All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 03-02-2011 04:39 PM
Water Treatment - Still Confused.. help! nickrjsmith All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 02-22-2011 04:04 PM
Water treatment sketerbuck All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 02-02-2010 09:43 PM
Water treatment BOBTHEukBREWER All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 11-17-2008 06:46 PM

Forum Jump