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Old 10-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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In NJ, watching the rain get stronger as Sandy approaches, and thinking: can I brew with that water?

Has anyone done this before, brewing with collected storm rain? Is it possible, assuming I can collect enough?

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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I would absolutely try - it will hopefully be the only time in your life that you see a storm like that. What's the worst that could happen? You'll end up with a good story and some beer.

I brewed with unfiltered lake water in January of last year and will be making a beer this winter with melted snow water. The lake water turned out quite well.

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Im in Baltimore, MD and I was thinking about setting out some buckets and trying to collect 9ish gallons of hurricane water.

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The two main questions I have are:

  • Can I collect enough water to do this?
  • Will the water be too soft/hard/contaminated with pollen, etc.?

I think that if I set out enough buckets (tethered down in some way) that I should get enough. A rain barrel connected to the house downspouts might work but I'd be worried the resulting beer might taste kind of 'roof-y'.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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Just wait until it's been raining at least a few hours which will wash all the pollen, dust and pollutants out of the atmosphere and you will get nice clean ocean fed rain water.

I am in Northern VA and I would try it but I have good well water for brewing. If I was off work for this storm I would absolutely brew out on my covered deck with the rain and wind whipping around me! Hurricane brew party!

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This sounds amazing. I was thinking about opening the garage slightly and brewing a "hurricane ale" on this fine day but using the water from the storm now thats an idea!!
Might be participating in this as well, will report back!

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You could set up a tarp as a rain catcher to increase your collection volume and I would guess that with all the wind and heavy rain, most of the "junk" will be blown or washed away. Go for it!

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I am in Northern VA and I would try it but I have good well water for brewing.
I have good water. What I don't have is hurricane water.
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I have good water. What I don't have is hurricane water.
I can definitely appreciate this now. I am seriously considering joining you in this Hurricane brew fest!

The tarp idea is a good one. I'm going to rig up a small tarp with bungees off my deck rail to funnel rain water into one of my 20 gallon plastic wash containers and then cover it once filled until after the storm passes and then it's brew time!
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just make sure you bottle it in 40 oz clear glass bottles!

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