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Adjusting Water pH


Steve Sokoloff - Sweet Home, Oregon asks,

I am making the switch to all-grain and got curious about the pH of our well water here. So I got some strips from my local shop just to get a rough idea of our water pH. Well it came in at about 4.6. A friend came by with some buffer (his pH tester was on the fritz) and sure enough the strips did not lie. So how and what do I use to get the water up where I need it? Just about everything I read is about adjusting down, not up.


This is a question that I have never been asked and did a little digging. The reason for the digging is the very low pH of your well water. Most well water
Response by Ashton Lewis.