[quote=“rebuiltcellars”]First step would be to contact your municipal water authority and ask them for a water quality report, and let them know you are particularly interested in the ionic concentrations for the “flavor” elements, not organic chemicals or heavy metals or such. If they are not helpful or if you are on a private well, you can get an analysis done from Ward labs. They have a water analysis they do specifically for homebrewers. It costs $25 or $30.
If you plan to used bottled spring water, the company web site should list an analysis of it.
Once you have that info, you need to know how to interpret it. There is a chapter in “How to Brew” (available as a free read on the web) that goes through that.
You can also download Bru’n Water, a spreadsheet that you put in your water analysis and build water profiles for the specific beers you are brewing.
For your remaining extract brews, I would ignore all this and just use distilled or reverse osmosis bottled water. That is NOT bottled drinking water or spring water. It is water that has had all the trace chemicals removed. Most big drug stores sell it by the gallon.[/quote]
Thanks again, I will take those steps for my next brew session. I have downloaded bru’n Water but honestly I have not worked with it yet, looks complicated but I can figure it out once I gather all of the info.
Thanks for clarification on the bottled water, I wondered what difference it makes on the water at grocers as it is really just filtered water the same as I get from the water district which comes from Liberty who gets it from Kansas City. A lot of players:)