I'm not sure what effect lead has on the quality or flavor of beer, but it's not something normally tracked to my knowledge. In both of the places I've lived since I started brewing the water reports sent by my municipalities have been useless for homebrew analysis. You can try emailing them to get the chemicals listed in a typical homebrew mash chemistry calculator like this one. Typically you look at Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate. Keep in mind that if they test for those chemicals they might be different over time or at your particular spigot.
If all you want to worry about is pH, get a pH meter. The pH will be different depending on what kind of grains you're using so you should always measure it. Test strips are inexpensive but not great. There's digital pH meters on Amazon now for under $50.
If you want to get further into water chemistry so you can more closely match flavor profiles with beer style, use Reverse Osmosis or Distilled water and add salts using a calculator.
derp that's what I get for not looking at which forum it was posted inman i read your post and, i like the fact that you put inteligent thought into helping a kid not get taken advantage of by drug dealers. and i feel really bad about it.
but man, my post i thought would be the obvious joke it was intended as...i mean i could have asked if i needed to add MORE lead to it or something i guess....
it meant as a satirical comment because my water report said they failed twice to be safely under the allowed 15ppb of lead which to me still seems high....
edit: and i drink a gallon of this stuff a day!
though that one doesn't talk much specifically about lead
i think he's refering to the fact my water is so hard with so much alkalinity i have to chisel lime buildup to get anything out of the faucet!For a planet covered mostly in water, we do manage to try and live quite a few places where it is becoming scarcer and scarcer.
yeah, what do you think about one of these for it?@bracconiere you're a funny guy, and yes I got the joke.
On a serious note, lead in "drinking water" (aka "beer") is not funny. "EPA has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero because lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is persistent, and it can bioaccumulate in the body over time."
'course you knew all that.
It wasn't the Home Depot water test, was it? That's about like letting Wells fargo and Bernie Madoff counsel you on financial choices.
Cave Creek Manthat sounds like something that would give a person super powers?
Not to worry, I made the appropriate correction and changed it to upper case in my post So are you now saying there's a potentially radioactive tavern with dodgy plumbing out there? Sounds like a typical traditional British pub, to me.I sure hope it does ! Actually I was turning the element symbol for lead "Pb" into a Pub (tavern). Notice the "u" is lower case
I'm not saying that there is such a place, but if there is I would not go there. I want to keep my teethNot to worry, I made the appropriate correction and changed it to upper case in my post So are you now saying there's a potentially radioactive tavern with dodgy plumbing out there? Sounds like a typical traditional British pub, to me.
Well, if it's The Slaughtered Lamb just don't stare at the locals. It's not so much the uranium content of the old stone floor that's worrying it's the locals' DNA. It glows in the dark. If the lights go out you'll get clocked staring at them Then you'll have to run like the clappers, with your pint, of course.I'm not saying that there is such a place, but if there is I would not go there. I want to keep my teeth
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