[quote=“Brew Meister Smith”]I find my local water very difficult to use - very hard - don’t have a filter.
I use Labrador spring water most of the time which is fairly neutral - no exact #s of the top of my head, but nice for brewing. PH always works great.
Sounds like adding to the boil will get me what I want - that crispness is what I am looking for.[/quote]
Filters don’t take minerals out of the water anyway. I use a carbon block to remove chlorine and “organic flavor” but otherwise my numbers for Ca, Mg, Na, Cl, SO4 and HCO3 would be the same filter or no filter. Nothing wrong with using the bottled water (I dilute mine with distilled anywhere from 25% to 87%) but it’s always nice to know what’s in your water. Maybe the bottled water company could give you some help… otherwise you could send a sample to Ward Labs and have them analyze it. Or not… if the water is working for you, giddy up.