Wednesday, April 11, 2012

West Richland Water Analysis Report

Sorry James, I couldn't resist
Washington State Homebrewer and Father of the year 2008, James Golovich, recently moved to West Richland and had a water analysis report performed by Ward Laboratories.

West Richland Water Analysis:
pH 7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 341
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.57
Cations / Anions, me/L /  6.0 6.2
Sodium, Na 42
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 50
Magnesium, Mg 20
Total Hardness, CaCO3 208
Nitrate, NO3-N 3.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 23
Chloride, Cl 25
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 221
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 182
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

A PDF of the full analysis can be downloaded here

West Richland, from what I understand, has several different wells they pull water from, depending on the time of year your location in West Richland, which means this may or may not be accurate...

Water is a very important ingredient in brewing, it's one of the big three (yeast, water, barley). Different styles of beer require different water character. To learn more, check out John Palmer's upcoming book on Water.

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