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JayZeus

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Hi All,

I'm new to brewing and just discovering the importance of water chemistry. I've been looking in to water profiles and found something online from the City of Chicago. It's pretty detailed but I have some questions...
Here is a link to what I am referring to... https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/water/WaterQltyResultsNRpts/ccReports/CCA-2020-13.pdf

1) What do you guys use for calculators to figure out what your additions are?
2) Is there a way to derive an HCO3 reading from this list?
3) How would one go about figuring out which purification plant they are fed from?
 

VikeMan

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1) What do you guys use for calculators to figure out what your additions are?
I use BrewCipher, my "all in one" brewing solution excel workbook. It has the MpH water model built in. If you just want a standalone water model, I recommend MpH. Both are free.
BrewCipher: Library
MpH: MpH Water Calculator v4.2

2) Is there a way to derive an HCO3 reading from this list?
Your report has Total Alkalinity as CaCO3. If you need Total Alkalinity as HCO3, just multiply the "as CaCO3" number by 1.22.

3) How would one go about figuring out which purification plant they are fed from?
Calling your water authority might be your best bet.
 

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What size batches are you brewing?

I also live in Chicago and I plan to use distilled water from now on and build my water based on the style rec from the brewfather software.
 

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