Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > My new brewing friend: Canned water
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-04-2008, 09:36 PM   #1
Finn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Albany, Oregon
Posts: 202
Default My new brewing friend: Canned water

I made a sort of discovery today and wanted to share it -- my apologies if it's already known. For those of you who live in the country, using an unchlorinated well system, like me, it may be useful.

My usual routine is to boil a big ol' canner full of water the night before -- it cools down to room temp overnight and there it is, my only source of trustworthy water! Which I then have to divvy up between a pan for rinsing bleach off stuff, and a pot for topping off my carboy with after the wort goes in. And of course I'm paranoid that I'm introducing bacteria into the stuff at every point in the day.

Well -- yesterday night I put seven quart Mason jars full of water in that canner, with used lids screwed on just like I was canning tomatoes. I gave 'em 10 minutes before I shut off the fire. This morning -- voila! Seven quarts of sterile, sealed, canned water.

I'm using one of them to get my starter rolling right now, and the other six are waiting patiently in perfect sterility for the topping-off part, pouring into the carboy to rinse it out, and anything else I might need. The ones that are left over can go into the shed for use during the next power outage.

Just another idea ... hope somebody finds it useful!

--Finn

__________________
Planning: Wilhoit Springs Bitter; apple-plum hard cider
Brewing: Nuttin'!
In glass:Wilhoit Springs IPA(dunkles); Grain alcohol & Rainwater beer; Obfuscatator Doppelbock; Jamil's Ordinary Bitter; Dun Ringill Scottish 80/-; Bohumbug Pilsner; several strong ciders
On tap:Wilhoit Springs Bitter; Mac Cumhaill Breis Tiubh Stout; cider; soda water
Finn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
Jesse17
Yep....I tell you what...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jesse17's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Miles City, MT.
Posts: 564
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

I use star san, and don't fear the bubbles. So, I don't have to worry about rinse water. In fact I rinse my stirring spoon in star san between uses.

But as far as water going into my beer, I boil any top off water first (when I start my brew session) and let it cool with the lid on, in a sink full of water while I boil my wort. Or, I chill it and add it to my fermenter before boiling my wort.

It would be nice to have the water already canned and ready to use as you've said, and I'm big on having emergency supplies around anyway. So, I like your idea, and may start storing up water this way too.

Good idea, thanks for the tip.

Out of curiosity, does anyone know how long is it recommended to store drinking water this way?

__________________
Jesse17 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2008, 10:18 PM   #3
WillPall
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WillPall's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: somewhere special
Posts: 639
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

Default

This may be slightly more expensive, but those $.47 gallons of spring water at Walmart are great for wort and top off water. Plus you can print "all natural spring water" as one of your ingredients on your labels!

__________________
Life is a carnival, believe it or not.
WillPall is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
Homercidal
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 23,564
Liked 2144 Times on 1533 Posts
Likes Given: 1178

Default

LOL! I often rinse my bottles and stuff off with tap water! Should I start being paranoid? So far no problems. I had never thought about boiling water for anything other than wort, but I also use a no-rinse sanitizer (Although it DOES leave a residue, which is why I risk rinsing anyway). Perhaps I should boils a bunch of rinse water the night before, like you say...

__________________
Homercidal is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2008, 06:13 PM   #5
paranode
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 433
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Homercidal
LOL! I often rinse my bottles and stuff off with tap water! Should I start being paranoid? So far no problems. I had never thought about boiling water for anything other than wort, but I also use a no-rinse sanitizer (Although it DOES leave a residue, which is why I risk rinsing anyway). Perhaps I should boils a bunch of rinse water the night before, like you say...
I was paranoid about it at first but then I just started using tap water and I've never had a problem. Too much work for me to boil all that water ahead of time since I sometimes just decide I want to brew. Although if I was really concerned about it I'd probably just buy the cheap spring water from the grocery store myself.
__________________
paranode is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2008, 08:13 PM   #6
Finn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Albany, Oregon
Posts: 202
Default

I've been advised to not bother boiling if you're on a municipal water system, but when you're sucking your water straight out of the Earth's crust, all bets are off! Not that well water isn't clean and good for you, it just hasn't been chlorinated, etc.

__________________
Planning: Wilhoit Springs Bitter; apple-plum hard cider
Brewing: Nuttin'!
In glass:Wilhoit Springs IPA(dunkles); Grain alcohol & Rainwater beer; Obfuscatator Doppelbock; Jamil's Ordinary Bitter; Dun Ringill Scottish 80/-; Bohumbug Pilsner; several strong ciders
On tap:Wilhoit Springs Bitter; Mac Cumhaill Breis Tiubh Stout; cider; soda water
Finn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #7
adx
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
adx's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Scaggsville, MD
Posts: 933
Liked 8 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Maybe this will turn into a big thing in Canada like bagged milk.

__________________
adx is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2008, 09:32 PM   #8
Joker
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Joker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Orygun
Posts: 1,954
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I thought this was going to be about Coors Light.

__________________
Joker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-04-2008, 11:27 PM   #9
dp69_2001
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Richfield, UT.
Posts: 370
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joker View Post
I thought this was going to be about Coors Light.
lol. coors light... canned water... ha
__________________
dp69_2001 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-04-2008, 11:51 PM   #10
tranceamerica
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: seattle WA! WA! WA!
Posts: 439
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I thought it was this...


__________________
Zion Nanobrews

Primary: beer, mead, cider

Drinking: beer, mead, cider


Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
...except for this d@mned tail I am fine.
tranceamerica is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brewer's Friend Water Chemistry Calculator mgo737 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 34 07-28-2010 06:50 PM
Friend wants to get into brewing digdan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 04-12-2009 03:25 PM
A friend had some old brewing equipment... Setzer_777 Equipment/Sanitation 8 12-29-2008 03:47 PM
Brewing with a friend - never again! Grinder12000 General Beer Discussion 22 12-15-2008 11:44 PM