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Old 11-15-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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Is it necessary to sanitize tap water to put in your wort? If so, do you just boil it? That's what I've been doing.

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Old 11-15-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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yes and yes.

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I think the general rule is that if you drink your water straight from the tap, it's probably safe to add to the wort. (Edit: assuming you've got a healthy batch of yeast and a quick, healthy fermentation). On the other hand, there have been recent posts about chloromines vs. chlorine in municipal water supplies you might want to read up on. Just do a search.

Boiling the water, or even taking it above 170 for 10-15 minutes would kill the bugs but it might not remove the chloromines.

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Boiling the water, or even taking it above 170 for 10-15 minutes would kill the bugs but it might not remove the chloromines.
Correct. Boiling will not remove choloramine at all.
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I had a feeling I was spelling that incorrectly.

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I had a feeling I was spelling that incorrectly.
You can get a water report from the city and mess with the results or just spend 4 dollars for purified water
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I use a PUR filter on my tap water...

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Old 11-16-2006, 12:46 AM   #8
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I pay $1.00 per 5 gallons of RO water from a local water source. I add brewing salts as required for the style of beer.

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I use a PUR filter on my tap water...
Same here.

I used to use bottled water but realived I'd save the extra 7-8 bucks per batch as well as having to go out and get 7 gallons and lug it around and up 3 flights of stairs, when there is already lots to do on brewday.

I don't boil the top-off water, either.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:57 AM   #10
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I don't boil the top-off water, either.
Same here......instant aerated brew...
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