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    brewing with very hard water - reducing bicarbonate

    I live in an area with very hard water, bicarbonate level is about 498ppm. Other salts make the water fairly similar to burton water I have had success with darker beers, brown ales porters etc, but never had as much success with pale ales, and am quite new to looking at the water chemistry...
  2. xSpeaker

    Bottled vs. Tap Water

    I just put my 4th brew into primary (amped up Hoegaarden clone ~6%abv), when I realized that it might be time to reevaluate using bottled vs. tap water. I live in Berkeley CA where the water is, frankly, delicious. Beats the hell out of southern california water. I don't think it is hard...