New Jersey Brewing Water

NEW! Added water test results for Middlesex Water Company covering Carteret, Woodbridge, and surrounding areas.

water_20091021_1143798498This article is meant as a workspace for everything related to brewing water, membership/brewer water chemistry research and data. Many cities are served by the same water system. If water is tested once or twice a year in a given system, the test data should be made available to other members on the same system to save effort and money. If you find that your city is on a system that has already been tested and included in the table below, feel free to use the data. If the test is more than 6 months out of date, it would be great if you can have a sample of your water tested to keep this database up to date. Note, if you are not a member but live in NJ and would like to contribute to this database, send an email with your water system # and test data to webmaster _at_ whalesbrewclub _dot_ com.

Click "read more" to see more. Some instructional videos have also been embedded.


http://www.youtube.com/v/o1n7-RjEJEM

http://www.youtube.com/v/pKT6EE7ong0

 

How to find which water system you are on by searching county/city:

http://www.nj.gov/dep/swap/creport.htm

Table of Actual Water Test Reports:

Name Water System

Where/When/Notes

Results                                                                     
Bobby_M Piscataway - Elizabethtown Water 2004002 (see table of included cities below) wardlab July 2009 tap water was sampled post sediment/charcoal filter. Sodium, Na 28
Calcium, Ca 30
Magnesium, Mg 10
Total Hardness, CaCO3 117
Sulfate, SO4-S 15 SO4-45
Chloride, Cl 53
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 72
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 59
Craig_E Franklin Township - Elizabethtown Water 2004002 (see table of included cities below)

wardlab September 2009

tap water, not filtered

Sodium (Na) 30
Calcium (Ca) 36
Magnesium (Mg) 11
Total Hardness (CaCo3) 136
Sulfate (SO4-S) 17 SO4-51
Chloride (Cl) 52
Carbonate (CO3) < 1
Bicarbonate (HCO3) 76
Total Alkalinity (CaCO3) 62
Craig_E Franklin Township - Elizabethtown Water 2004002 (see table of included cities below)

wardlab September 2009

tap water was sampled post sediment/charcoal filter.

Sodium (Na) 29
Calcium (Ca) 32
Magnesium (Mg) 11
Total Hardness (CaCo3) 126
Sulfate (SO4-S) 14 SO4- 42
Chloride (Cl) 50
Carbonate (CO3) 9
Bicarbonate (HCO3) 70
Total Alkalinity (CaCO3) 72

HBT Member

Flalanuts

Rumson Boro,

Monmouth

1345001 system (see all cities below)

wardlab tap water Sodium Na - 33
Calcium Ca - 19
Magnesium Mg - 4
Total hardness - 64
Sulfate SO4-S - 5 SO4 - 15
Chloride CI - 53
Carbonate - 0
BiCarbonate (HCO3)- 45
Total Alkalinity (CaCO3)- 37
Don Boyle

1225001

Middlesex water company

Wardlab tap water from Colonia/Woodbridge

2010 June

Sodium Na - 30
Calcium Ca - 115
Magnesium Mg - 18
Total hardness - 363
Sulfate SO4 - 225
Chloride CI - 50
Carbonate - 11
BiCarbonate (HCO3)- 144
Total Alkalinity (CaCO3)- 136
Jay B.

1225001

Middlesex water company

Wardlab tap water from South Plainfield NJ

August 2011

(make sure you pay your bill to Middlesex Water Co. otherwise see system 2004002 data)

Sodium Na - 28
Calcium Ca - 87
Magnesium Mg - 15
Total hardness - 280
Sulfate SO4 - 48
Chloride CI - 69
Carbonate - 12
BiCarbonate (HCO3)- 203
Total Alkalinity (CaCO3)- 186
HBT Member Willum South River

Wardlabs June 2012

Sodium, Na 21
Calcium, Ca 16
Magnesium, Mg 5
Total Hardness, CaCO3 61
Sulfate, SO4 9
Chloride, Cl 42
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 56
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 46

Bobby Notes: Great water but could use a touch of gypsum in the mash for more Calcium. Sulfate:Chloride ratio is naturally on the malt forward or rounded flavor side. Would definitely add gypsum to the boil for APA/IPA for more hop expression.

more... if you're not on the 2004002, 1345001, or 1225001 system, please share your test results with the club to help this database grow. more... more...

NOTE: The red strikethroughs on SO4 is due to a misunderstanding in how Wardlabs denotes Sulfate. In Agriculture, it's typical to measure sulfate by its weight in SULFER (SO4-S). To convert to the sulfate ION, or SO4, multiply by THREE.

Water tests from the table above should represent all the water in the same water systems as tested.

Cities included are noted below:

 

All the cities served by Elizabethtown Water system #2004002

Municipality County Municipality County
Raritan Twp. Hunterdon Manville Boro Somerset
Readington Twp. Hunterdon Millstone Boro Somerset
Tewksbury Twp. Hunterdon Montgomery Twp. Somerset
Hopewell Twp. Mercer North Plainfield Boro Somerset
Lawrence Twp. Mercer Peapack-Gladstone Somerset
Princeton Boro Mercer Raritan Boro Somerset
Princeton Twp. Mercer So. Bound Brook Boro Somerset
West Windsor Twp. Mercer Somerville Boro Somerset
Cranbury Twp. Middlesex Warren Twp. Somerset
Dunellen Boro Middlesex Watchung Boro Somerset
Edison Twp. Middlesex Clark Twp. Union
Middlesex Boro Middlesex Cranford Twp. Union
Piscataway Twp. Middlesex Fanwood Boro Union
Plainsboro Twp. Middlesex Garwood Boro Union
South Brunswick Twp. Middlesex Hillside Twp. Union
South Plainfield Boro Middlesex Kenilworth Boro Union
Chester Boro Morris Linden City Union
Bedminster Twp. Somerset Mountainside Boro Union
Bound Brook Boro Somerset Plainfield City Union
Branchburg Twp. Somerset Roselle Boro Union
Bridgewater Twp. Somerset Roselle Park Boro Union
Franklin Twp. Somerset Scotch Plains Twp. Union
Green Brook Twp. Somerset Union Twp. Union
Hillsborough Twp. Somerset Westfield Town Union

 

Monmouth County System 1345001:

City City City
Aberdeen Holmdel Oceanport
Allenhurst Interlaken Red Bank
Asbury Park Little Silver Rumson
Bradley Beach Loch Arbour Village Sea Bright
Colts Neck Twp Long Branch City Shrewsbury
Deal        Middletown Twp Tinton Falls
Eatontown Monmouth Beach Union Beach
Fair Haven Neptune West Long Branch
Highlands Ocean Twp

 

Middlesex Water Company System 1225001:

City
Carteret
Metuchen
South Amboy
South Plainfield?? odd, also listed on another system
Woodbridge
Clark   

 

The presentation I delivered at the October 2009 meeting can be found attached to this article as an Adobe PDF which most of you can read. If not, grab the free acrobat reader on adobe.com. It contains a few extra slides that I wasn't able to cover at the meeting. They are examples of how to use the utilities to craft/correct the water profile.

I'll also be attaching my favorite water profile calculation spreadsheet in blank form as well as several that have correction data pre-entered. The file name will indicate which kind of beer style it's geared towards.

Note however that the spreadsheets below are still "in development". I've been working with it's creator, a user named "TH" on homebrewtalk.com so it may change a little over time. For best results, download the newest version from http://www.huizingh.net/EZ_water_adjustment.xls