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Old 08-04-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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I have used distilled water in all my brews, whats this I hear about it not being good to brew with? I thought malt grain has all the minerals I need to convert.

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Old 08-04-2006, 08:42 PM   #2
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conversion is not performed by minerals, but by enzymes.

most minerals found in (non-distilled) water promote healthy yeast.

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Old 08-04-2006, 08:49 PM   #3
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If you are doing all grain, then distilled water is probably ok. I would not use it without yeast nutrient, myself. Most of the breweries I've been to filter the water, but that's it. A couple breweries in the Las Vegas area process their water extensively. It's good enoughfor people to drink, but the county won't let them brew with it.

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Old 08-04-2006, 08:49 PM   #4
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I have never had a problem with conversion or fermentation so I was wondering what the distilled thing was about?

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Old 08-04-2006, 11:15 PM   #5
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I think it is largely about taste. Good tasting water yields a good tasting brew. If you like how distilled water tastes (many don't - try a side by side blind taste comparing to spring water some time) and you are satisfied with the results, then don't mess with it.

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Old 08-11-2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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I have used distilled water in all my brews, whats this I hear about it not being good to brew with? I thought malt grain has all the minerals I need to convert.
What's your reasoning behind brewing with distilled? Personally, I use either spring water from the supermarket, or water from my refrigerator dispenser that has an inline filter. But I just don't understand why, if you're going through the trouble to buy gallons of water at the store, you'd choose distilled, considering that it's roughly twice as expensive---at least at my local stores it is.

Unless, of course, you have a still. Then I kind of understand.
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Distlilled water is definitley Sterile. i.e., there ain't nothing alive in it.

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Old 08-11-2006, 07:44 PM   #8
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A couple breweries in the Las Vegas area process their water extensively. It's good enoughfor people to drink, but the county won't let them brew with it.
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Distlilled water is definitley Sterile. i.e., there ain't nothing alive in it.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that. It may have been sterile when it was collected, but it sits for a while, usually, before it's purchased and/or used, which is plenty of time for stuff to get into it.

I would agree that it is free of minerals and pollutants.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say that. It may have been sterile when it was collected, but it sits for a while, usually, before it's purchased and/or used, which is plenty of time for stuff to get into it.

I would agree that it is free of minerals and pollutants.
And not to be additionally pedantic, odds are the container it was put in wasn't sterile -- merely sanitary.
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