Boston Area All Grain Brewers? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Boston Area All Grain Brewers?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-23-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
HawkATP
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Posts: 125
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



Any brewers in the Boston area that use MWRA water for your all grain brews? I'm getting some bad batches and am thinking it's the water, I haven't done any water conditioning and just read through Palmer's article on it, and it looks like I've been brewing with a high chloride to sulfate ratio resulting in a too malty beer. What kind of treatments are you doing on your brew water for the mash and boil?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
jtc99
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
BOSTON, Massachusetts
Posts: 9

I'm on the North Shore, and we have a TON of chlorine and sitch in our water...have gotten that plastic/band aid taste in three batches (my first three).

Just brewed up my fourth and used spring water, even for rinsing/sanitizing.

We kind of figured that this was the issue, and even asked my LHBS and they said that the water was probably the cause of the taste.

I am kind of new at the whole home brew thing to start messing around with water conditioning; hopefully I'll get a few successful batches under my belt and then start to alter my tap water

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 02:57 AM   #3
HawkATP
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Posts: 125
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I'm going to make a batch this weekend adding a combination of gypsum, calcium chloride, and epsom salt and see if I get better results. I used the ez water calculator using the most recent Boston area water analysis report. Hopefully I get better results!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
Brewticus
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Quincy, MA
Posts: 12

South-shore here....

MWRA just published their annual water report... We received ours in the mail yesterday. Here's a link:

http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/water/html/awqr.htm

The general complaint that I have is the level of fluoride and it's impact on brewing....

I've always used bottled spring water; usually Poland Spring.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
Triple9
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Melrose, MA
Posts: 37
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I've been using MWRA water for all-grain without a problem. I do have a house filter as well as undersink.

My last batch was in mid-May before things started to heat up, so it's possible the MWRA is increasing the chlorine now, which is going to mess things up if you don't filter.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 02:52 PM   #6
HawkATP
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Posts: 125
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I'm brewing an IPA up tonight. I'll be adding campden tablets to the water for the chlorine and chloramine and then the water treatments. I want to avoid having to buy water to brew.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2011, 07:00 PM   #7
dcp27
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Medford, MA
Posts: 4,125
Liked 125 Times on 121 Posts


I haven't had any issues with it. sounds like your water is partially from crystal lake, so maybe its the extra bleach they add in.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 11:58 PM   #8
DakotaRules
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Melrose, MA
Posts: 1,750
Liked 48 Times on 38 Posts


Resurrecting an old thread but I live in Melrose and was wondering how you read the annual report to add into Beersmith...I think I have done it but always question the report...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 01:03 AM   #9
HawkATP
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Posts: 125
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Hey Dakota, I ended up sending my water into a lab to get the numbers to punch into the Bru'n Water spreadsheet. Haven't had a problem after that. Melrose has the same water as Wakefield, MWRA, here are the numbers I used:

pH 8.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 240
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.40
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 3.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 65
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 12
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 43
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 95
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 40
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 43

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 01:11 AM   #10
DakotaRules
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Melrose, MA
Posts: 1,750
Liked 48 Times on 38 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by HawkATP
Hey Dakota, I ended up sending my water into a lab to get the numbers to punch into the Bru'n Water spreadsheet. Haven't had a problem after that. Melrose has the same water as Wakefield, MWRA, here are the numbers I used:

pH 8.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 240
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.40
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.7 / 3.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 65
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 12
Magnesium, Mg 3
Total Hardness, CaCO3 43
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 4
Chloride, Cl 95
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 40
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 43
Thank you very much!

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Attention Bay Area brewers... JonK331 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 03-05-2011 12:26 AM
Boston area grain split TurkCowan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 02-16-2011 09:22 PM
All South Jersey/Philadelphia area brewers twoodward15 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 13 04-19-2010 03:17 AM
Any All-Grain grain brewers near Morristown, TN MajorTom All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 0 06-15-2009 02:57 PM
Question for Boston AG Brewers TheJadedDog All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 03-28-2009 11:33 PM


Forum Jump