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Old 01-31-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default Do you boil your bottled water?

I've been brewing a few years and always brew with bottled water from the super market. I typically do about a 3 gallon boil and then top off to 5 gallons with the rest of my bottled water.

I've never had a problem, but it has just occured to me that maybe I should be pre-boiling the top off water...

It's an extra boil + cooling step, so I only want to do it if there is significant risk in not boiling the extra water.

What do you guys think?

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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If it isn't broken don't fix it.

Bottled water that is run through an RO filter is pretty stripped down, but it is clean. Unboiled water has lots of O2 in it but if you are using it prefermentation, why not? I do full boils and there are advantages to that but... see my opening comment.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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So you've been just using the bottled water without boiling it for 3 years and have had no problems? Sweet. That would cut out a lot of waiting time for me.

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Old 01-31-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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I don't boil my bottled water. however, my first batch is still bottle conditioning, so

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I've never boiled my bottled water in many batches. Now if I were topping off a keg, I'd consider it, but not for anything pre-boil...

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When I was doing extract batches, I never bothered boiling my top off water, and I never had any issues.

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When I was doing extract batches, I never bothered boiling my top off water, and I never had any issues.
same here and i use my tap water. s'good water, tho...lotsa brewers in this area use it

i got a friend that gets his water from the delta. we don't let that water TOUCH the wort
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:41 AM   #8
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Let the non-boiling continue!

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Old 02-01-2008, 01:31 PM   #9
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I use delivered water that goes in our stand-up cooler. I do two gallon boils and have never boiled the rest - but I keep it capped until it goes into the fermenter.

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Old 02-01-2008, 01:46 PM   #10
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I don't even use bottled water, let alone boil it. I use water form my tap and have been happy with my brews.

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