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Old 05-21-2008, 04:50 AM   #11
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Forget about using your municipality to obtain a water report. Although they are required to give you one upon request, their numbers are usually inaccurate and they don't typically contain all of the ion levels that a homebrewer requires.

Contact Ward Labs and spend the $16.50 for the W-6 Household Mineral Test, or the W-5 test for $10 more if you have concerns about iron and fluoride. This will tell you everything that you need to know about what's in your water.

As far as understanding what you are looking at, check out the chapter in "How to Brew" on Understanding Mash pH. This should give you a good foundation of knowledge to build on as you go forward.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:36 PM   #12
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In chemistry "organic" compounds contain at minimum carbon and hydrogen, so that wouldn't get what he's looking for.
Being a chemist, i DO know this, but this is what my water report actually refers to it all as.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:07 AM   #13
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Being a chemist, i DO know this, but this is what my water report actually refers to it all as.
I didn't mean to come across like a jerk! This is surprising, being that there is so much chemistry involved with water treatment.

 
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:44 AM   #14
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I have found a $20 Purex Filter and table spoon of 5squared save me the trouble of worrying about it. (The report here is readily available but useless)

 
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