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Old 03-04-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Hey all

just a quick question hope i posted this in the correct forum

How do i solve the problem of chlorine in tap water ,,,

if i wanna use tap tap water to brew kits there is alot of chlorine in it besides putting tap water through a filter is there any product i can buy that i can treat tap water that will take the chlorine out , i was getting a bad taste from my last batch and found it it was the chlorine

i wanna use tap water if possible as its free lol ,, ( for the moment anyway )
i have used bottled water in the past and worked great ,,

Campden tablets i know about ,,anything else i can treat tap water with to not have a bad taste from my brew

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Old 03-04-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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If it's chlorine (not chloramines, which are very common in municipal water systems in the US), you can boil the water a day or two in advance. Boiling drives off the chlorine. If you have chloramines in the water, the only thing I can think if is the campden tablets. Chloramines don't boil off.

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Old 03-04-2010, 10:35 PM   #3
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Cheers for that Yooperbrew

Think i will have to boil up the water a few days in advance only way out of it i think ,,

or buy bottled water or charcoal filter

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Old 03-04-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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Won't the chlorine just evaporate off on its own after a few days even if you don't boil it? That was my understanding, although I just use the campden tablets.

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:43 PM   #5
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Charcoal filters will filter out the chlorine. However, there are a few issues:

1. Charcoal filters in Brita or PUR faucet or pitcher systems don't last terribly long. I have to change my brita filter every 40 gallons. That sounds like a lot, but if you're using 8-10 gallons for AG per batch, that means 4 batches per filter. That can get expensive.

2. The filters (for faucet/pitcher systems) can handle about 2 gallons at optimum efficiency per day. (I don't know why, but that's what Brita says) so to get 10 gallons, it will take you 5 days to get consistent results. Overusing the filter will reduce efficiency and you'll end up filtering out less chlorine.

3. Based on people who have tested water before and after filtering, those filters tend to reduce chlorine very effectively, but they also reduce pH and some other mineral ions necessary for brewing. If you are trying to be exact with your water, you'll need to know what your profile is post-filter.

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:44 PM   #6
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ok Folks im a little confused

ok Campden tablets i know of and have but never used them ,,,

do ifill my bucket with water and crush the campden tablet in ,when can i use this water to brew ,,i use kits coopers kits etc ,, do i have to wait 24 hours or use straight away ,,


Help !!!!!! lol

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:53 PM   #7
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If you are trying to be exact with your water, you'll need to know what your profile is post-filter.[/QUOTE]


what do u mean by ,, ill need to know what my profile is ,, ??? dont understand sorry new to all this brewing

i have a water filter system in my house that filters 10lt of water every 2-3 hours ,, but that means using up the 10ltrs in the tank ,waiting 2-3 hours for the other 10ltrs ,,thats a pain

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I have the same issue with my water. I add campden to my water right when I set it on the burner to start heating. 1 tablet will treat 20 gallons of water, so I use 1/2 tablet for mash water and other for sparge water.

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If you are trying to be exact with your water, you'll need to know what your profile is post-filter.

what do u mean by ,, ill need to know what my profile is ,, ??? dont understand sorry new to all this brewing

i have a water filter system in my house that filters 10lt of water every 2-3 hours ,, but that means using up the 10ltrs in the tank ,waiting 2-3 hours for the other 10ltrs ,,thats a pain[/QUOTE]

When brewing all grain, you want to get to a specific ph and specific ranges of mineral ions when you mash. The ph and mineral content of your water is the water profile.

If you are just doing extracts, then you don't need to worry about it. If you're having problems with too much chlorine in the tap water, just buy bottled water.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:31 AM   #10
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I would go with the boiling method. Buying water can be expensive (and in general, completely unnecessary), but then again I am cheap by nature.

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