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View Poll Results: Of the following, which would you recommend for your brewing method:
Britta Filtered Tap Water 2 9.09%
Boil Tap Water 8 36.36%
Walmart Water Station 7 31.82%
Filtered Bottled Water 5 22.73%
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #11
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Yeah, I didn't say that EVERYONE should use tap, I said that I do.

Louisville has some of the best water quality in the country and my beer is FANTASTIC. I have let many beer snobs taste my brews and I will let any of you do the same. If you don't have such good water, fine, I feel your pain.

I just mentioned it since the simplest solution should be the first one considered.



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Old 04-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #12
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How about a choice for local/bottled spring water? I get it for 10c per gallon right from the source.



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Old 04-22-2013, 02:13 AM   #13
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I'd recommend using your boiled tap water if you like the beer it produces.

But I doubt that's the case, or you wouldn't be using bottled water/ conducting this poll.

I voted Walmart water dispenser because that's closest to what I do. I use reverse osmosis water with 1 tsp calcium chloride per 5 gallons water with 2% acidulated malt in the grist. Took this from the water chemistry primer on the Brew Chemistry Forum and it works great for me.

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None of the above. Tap treated with campden tablets to precipitate out chlorine and chloramine. Sometimes diluted with a percentage of distilled water to cut bicarbonates or reduce sulfate and/or chloride depending on the style.

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All of the WalMart's I have been in have Culligan (Primo label) water filling station which is RO water. That is what I use along with Bru'N Water for chemical additions. Works great, but WalMart is close to my house.

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I use unfiltered, unboiled tap water. Of course it boils as wort. My latest batches (in sig) have been delicious. We have good water. The guy at my LHBS basically said "if its good to drink, its good to brew". I even topped up a batch (.75 gal) straight out of the tap once - beer tastes great. I usually do any topping up with bottled water though. Mostly full boils at this point, so the topping up is minimal.

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I use unfiltered, unboiled tap water. Of course it boils as wort. My latest batches (in sig) have been delicious. We have good water. The guy at my LHBS basically said "if its good to drink, its good to brew". I even topped up a batch (.75 gal) straight out of the tap once - beer tastes great. I usually do any topping up with bottled water though. Mostly full boils at this point, so the topping up is minimal.
Just want to throw in against the whole " good enough to drink, good enough to brew" philosophy. Very untrue in my experience.
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Just want to throw in against the whole " good enough to drink, good enough to brew" philosophy. Very untrue in my experience.
I don't think that anyone said that. It is more of a "My beer tastes fantastic, so my water is OK".

Sorry for all of you unlucky ones with crappy water.
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It really depends on where you live. San Diego has very hard tap water, and it's filled with chloramine. Personally, I just boil tap water and add a campden tablet to neutralize the chlorine flavor(which is VERY prevalent in the flavor of the beer). I haven't bothered with filtering or purchasing water, without the chlorine flavor the beer tastes great.

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Just want to throw in against the whole " good enough to drink, good enough to brew" philosophy. Very untrue in my experience.
+1. "Good enough to drink = good enough to brew" is not good practice. There was a good thread recently on how much chlorine is too much (answer is "any"), here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/chlorine-any-too-much-400507/ See especially post #9.

IMHO, the most critical elements to good beer are: (a) a good recipe, (b) temperature control during fermentation, and (c) filtered water. Everything else is secondary.


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