Issues with Bromine Spa Startup


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Nov 21, 2019
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I have recently drained and refilled my hot tub here in Connecticut in preparation for the upcoming colder months. I have gotten all of the levels for PH, TA, and Ch exactly where they need to be using a Taylor Bromine Test Kit and following the stickied guide.

I am however unable to get the bromine level to raise at all. I ordered a two pound container of sodium bromide and added it per the instructions on the bottle and tested . No Bromine per the Taylor test. The next day, I added another dosage of the sodium Bromide, still no bromine present. This went on until the entire two lb bottle of sodium bromide was gone. I cannot get the 30 ppm per the guide.

I’m relatively new to this. Did I receive bad sodium bromide from the internet?

Today I went and purchased packets of leisure time sodium bromide from a local store and added 2 more ounces to the water as well. Tested and still no bromine present.

I’m baffled at this point and don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or something else is going on. At this point 2 lbs 2 ozs of sodium bromide have been added to a small (300 gallon) hot tub and the level of bromine will not come up.

Thanks in advance.
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