Barley Legal Member
Hi I am wondering if anyone has a general idea of the water profile for the Audubon NJ area. We use NJ American Water. I contacted them but they sent me partial information from like 10 years ago.
Over the years a bunch of members have had their water tested and have posted their results on the Google sheet below. I also just purchased a home test kit and would be willing to test a water sample for your brewing water. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KGstcR3zZ_46q0n1wCOXRiLBCulmJUbG0AxoUvvoZKk/edit?usp=sharing
I have a water softener also. Mine also has a bypass. Sometimes I use the bypass, but then I'm dealing with really hard water (I have a well, and the water from it is supposedly really hard). Advice columns always say to avoid the softened water, buy sometimes I use the softened water and throw some gypsum into the mash. It depends on the style, my softened water gives the beer a "chewier" mouthfeel, so if its a style where I like that, I use the gypsum and softened water, if not I go bypass.
We found where our bypass was by having a water softener maintenance guy examine it and he pointed it out to us.