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Re: HRM Water Profiles

Post by Jayme » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:39 am

I can usually get chalk to 'stay in solution' if I just stir it a few times. It might not technically be dissolved, but works fine for me.

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Post by Jimmy » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:01 am

Jayme wrote:I can usually get chalk to 'stay in solution' if I just stir it a few times. It might not technically be dissolved, but works fine for me.

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Post by LeafMan66_67 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:16 am

2012-2013 report is available from HRM website

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Post by RubberToe » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:51 am

Thanks, updating my Beersmith water profile for Dartmouth. Does anyone recall how to get the value for Bicarbonate (HCO3) from what we have there? They show alkalinity in CaCO3. I forget what I did last time, maybe some online thing.
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Post by LeafMan66_67 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:03 am

RubberToe wrote:Thanks, updating my Beersmith water profile for Dartmouth. Does anyone recall how to get the value for Bicarbonate (HCO3) from what we have there? They show alkalinity in CaCO3. I forget what I did last time, maybe some online thing.
I think it is: 61*(alkalinity as CaCO3)/50
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Post by RubberToe » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:29 am

From multiple sources on the 'net I see that 1 ppm of CaCO3 yields 0.61 ppm of HCO3.

However, which value in the report do we use for CaCO3? There's "Alkalinity (as CaCO3): 17.0 ppm" and "Hardness (as CaCO3): 20.5 ppm". I'll revisit this later.
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Post by RubberToe » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:42 am

Yeah Derek, we use the alkalinity value. Thanks.
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Post by GuingesRock » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:54 am

Did the profiles down there change much, or are they roughly the same ...year to year?
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Post by RubberToe » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:02 am

Dartmouth only had a few values increase in the tenths.
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Post by jacinthebox » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:45 pm

taking my Hubley Well Water in for testing tomorrow...will report back for folks around me
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Post by evanisnor » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:57 pm

Even though Windsor is outside of HRM and this thread doesn't get updated that often, I feel compelled to share the latest report.

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Sample Location:    Cole Dr (Windsor, NS)
Sample Date:        15-Dec-2014
Calcium:            10.7
Magnesium:          0.4
Sodium:             7.9
Chloride:           4
Sulfate:            24
Bicarb. Alkalinity (ppm as CaCO3):  7
Bicarbonate (as HCO3):  8.54
Hardness:           28.4
pH:                 6.94
I have also been entering these numbers into Brewer's Friend, as the mash chemistry tool is fantastic. You'll see them all if you visit the public profile index and do a Ctrl+F for Windsor. I have a good report with the town water guy so I update Brewer's Friend when I can.

Windsor uses Chlorine, but the report suggests that there are traces of Chloramines present. I recommend using campden tablets to save time anyway. I also recommend throwing in a bit of Epsom salt to boost the magnesium content as Windsor doesn't have much at all.

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Post by Woody » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:27 pm

Good to hear. Brewers friend as you mention is great. Take your additions and water numbers and plug them into EZ Water Calculator to lock in your mash PH. I use the PH test strips which have been working for me.

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Post by evanisnor » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:42 pm

Does EZ Water calculate pH better than Brewer's Friend does?

My last 3 BIAB batches I used 10% phosphoric acid to drop pH, but I was shooting blind without test strips. Still had good results. I've got a meter in the mail as we speak, though.

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Post by GuingesRock » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:07 pm

evanisnor wrote:Even though Windsor is outside of HRM and this thread doesn't get updated that often, I feel compelled to share the latest report.

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Sample Location:    Cole Dr (Windsor, NS)
Sample Date:        15-Dec-2014
Calcium:            10.7
Magnesium:          0.4
Sodium:             7.9
Chloride:           4
Sulfate:            24
Bicarb. Alkalinity (ppm as CaCO3):  7
Bicarbonate (as HCO3):  8.54
Hardness:           28.4
pH:                 6.94
I have also been entering these numbers into Brewer's Friend, as the mash chemistry tool is fantastic. You'll see them all if you visit the public profile index and do a Ctrl+F for Windsor. I have a good report with the town water guy so I update Brewer's Friend when I can.

Windsor uses Chlorine, but the report suggests that there are traces of Chloramines present. I recommend using campden tablets to save time anyway. I also recommend throwing in a bit of Epsom salt to boost the magnesium content as Windsor doesn't have much at all.

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Re: HRM Water Profiles

Post by Woody » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:09 pm

I haven't used Brewers Friend for mash PH but I might give it a try to see how they compare.

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Post by evanisnor » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:12 pm

GuingesRock wrote: You need to make some Bohemian Pilsner. That's really close to Pilsen water.
Wow! Good catch, I hadn't noticed! I'll give it a shot this summer.

I'm really happy with the water here in Windsor. Low mineral content and mid-range pH seems like a great start to building almost any water profile. So far I've brewed with the two "Balanced Profile" profiles from Brewer's Friend and I brewed a Robust Porter with a London profile. I keep lots of Gypsum, Epsom, CaCl, CaCO3 and Chalk on hand. I have a top secret supplier of Phosphoric acid as well 8-)

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Post by GuingesRock » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:38 pm

It sounds ideal. You have a clean slate. Windsor would be a good place for a commercial brewery. Paddy's was going to build a new brewery there but decided not to, because of the cost I think. There's an awesome brick building there with lots of windows not being used.
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Post by ScottyLill » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:17 pm

Thanks for posting Evan. I was looking for a water profile for Windsor and couldn't seem to find one on the town website. It will definitely help in the future.

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Post by evanisnor » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:06 pm

NP, Scott! I sent you a PM with details on how to obtain the reports.

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Post by jacinthebox » Wed May 27, 2015 8:57 am

what scales are people using for mineral weighing? my current scale is ok for hops (.1oz & grams)
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you, my man, are awesome
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Post by Keith » Wed May 27, 2015 9:50 am

I use the same for hops and water additions. Cats meow.
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Post by jacinthebox » Wed May 27, 2015 9:56 am

were they stocked in store? Or did you order online?

It's around the corner from work, so I could stop in
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