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Old 08-16-2006, 03:06 PM   #1
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I have access to a spring, and I would like to try to use that water for my next batch instead of the "spring water" you can get in the store. I am concerned, of course, about the sediment and other stuff in the water. What would be the best way to filter that stuff out? Do I have to boil?

I am an extract brewer and typically put a couple of gallons of cold water in the fermenter before I add the wort, so I would prefer not boiling and then cooling the water if possible.

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Old 08-16-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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Without testing the water for bactiria, I would not use it without first running it through a filter or boiling it. Use a Brita Pitcher system to filter it first unless you are sure it's free of any bacteria.

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Old 08-16-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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I was under the impression that brita filters just work on some minerals, chlorine and the like, but not bacteria. It's a pretty safe bet that the water has some bacteria in it, but i can get the water pretty close to the source. Its not like there is going to be deer poop in it. Anyway, does the brita filter take out bacteria?

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Any bacteria would be killed through the boil, anyway. Certainly, though, you'll want to boil all of this water, even if you do a partial you'll want to boil the water you add to top-off the fermenter. Far too great a chance of a bacterial infection, boil it to be safe. That means you'll have to take extra steps to aerate before pitching, not that big a deal.

At the end of the day, not sure how much of a difference it will really make in the end product, but it's still cool to be able to say that the beer was made with local water.

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Yeah, you are right. They only have an activated charcoal filter.

Give it a shot. You could always call it Deer Poop Pale Ale.

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Boiling and cooling 1 or 2 gallons of water is no biggie. If you have another pot just boil it and set it into your sink w/ some ice and water and bring the temp down. Then dump it in your fermenter.

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