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Drumminguy81

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So i got a ward labs water test for my soon to be new home, it is well water. This stuff makes my head spin a little so I'm hoping someone can give me the cut n dry how is my water quality? What do I need to do to brew with it? I currently treat my water with campden tablets and balance ph with lactic acid. But this new water is a little different than my current city water.
 

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Very nice water sans for alkalinity. Actual SO4 = 51 ppm

The only thing I would most typically do is add 1.4 to 1.5 mL per gallon of 88% lactic acid to tame the alkalinity. Though for the likes of stouts or porters I would only add 1 mL of 88% lactic acid per gallon, as for those you will need some alkalinity to counter the acidity of the dark malts and grains.
 

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Looks good. Managing the alkalinity with acid addition will be necessary. That water is fairly well mineralized and you may find that the water is a little too assertive in delicate styles. That water would also be easy to soften by pre-boiling and decanting.
 
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Thanks guys that helps a lot. I do have the bru-n-water spreadsheet so I'll plug in all my numbers and do a little reading.. I'm glad to hear it's usable water. Interested to see the effects on my brews
 

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