I posted earlier about well water and the cautions of some tanning products, I have received numerous emails about that paticular post that some people misunderstood, I was not BASHING SAFTEE ACID, I personally think its a wonderful product that I will always use for in my pickles. My post was about the effects of well water and saftee acid.
I received a Water Test from the town this morning, I have a copy of it and what they test for. I'm not much on reading the results so I will post it here and Anyone who knows about it can tell me if its safe to use for tanning and pickling.
Copper: 8 samples <0.25-0.32 ppm
Lead: 10 ppb
Nitrate: 3 samples <0.82-0.8-1.2 ppm
Flouride: 1.0 ppm
Sulfate: 61.0 ppm
Sodium: 16.0 ppm
Coliform Bacteria: 1 colony/100ml
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Your test result does not reflect the PH. Ph is a measurement of
acidlty or alkalinity, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything less is acid, and anything above is alkaline.The PH of your water will have a small effect, as water with a low PH (acidic) will probably not require as much acid as water with a high PH.The minerals indicated by your test are present in such small amounts that they would probaby have no effect on your pickle. My well water has a PH of 6.8, which is slightly acidic. I have had no problems with my pickle.I use formic though.
I have not had any kind of test run on my well water other than my own ph test but my water is very alkaline (over 8) I used to use saftee acid in my pickle but it was a constant fight to keep the ph down to acceptable levels using my well water, I would get it adjusted down and within a couple of hours it was way back up there. finally got tired of messing with it and started using distilled water in my pickle and the ph drift stopped completely.