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ricksam

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Since I am too damn lazy to become a beer water chemist, what do I have to do with these numbers? I do all grain...

pH 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 128
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.21
Cations / Anions, me/L 2.5 / 2.3
ppm
Sodium, Na 4
Potassium, K 9
Calcium, Ca 26
Magnesium, Mg 9
Total Hardness, CaCO3 103
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.3 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3
Chloride, Cl 2
Carbonate, CO3 6
Bicarbonate, HCO3 116
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 105
Fluoride, F 0.06
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
 

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Depending on your water chemistry laziness...

1) Read this post ... quick easy 1st steps...

2) At the very least create a nomograph for your brewing water. This will tell you what kind of beers your water is best suited for, then you should just brew those styles.

3) After that, download one of the many EZ brew water calc spreadsheets, and give them a try.

Good luck,
--LexusChris

p.s. there is really not a lot of shortcuts on this one. If your water is high pH, you need to stick to dark beers (in an AG mash) to keep the ph in line...
 
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Thank you LexusChris for the links!
 

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I wouldn't all-grain with that water just because of the bi-carbonate. At least not without some acid for the mash
 
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I wouldn't all-grain with that water just because of the bi-carbonate. At least not without some acid for the mash
Yeah, I'm learning that as I read up on this.
 
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