I read the 2010 thread about brewing with river water in TN. But that was 2010. Who knows what evils lurk in the waters today? Anyway, a buddy and I were thinking it would be pretty cool to set-up alongside a nearby creek and actually brew with the water. Bring some food, some beer, some more beer, and do like the old moonshiners did it, only legal. Now the creek does not travel through any type of pasture land. It's mostly piney woods. We would set-up very close to the headwaters, as the beavers really like the creek downstream. I'm certain there is giardia in the water, but I'm almost certain there are no serious levels of other contaminants this far upstream.
The EPA and CDC report that boiling, even for a short duration, will kill most all pathogens. I'm going to obtain the water chemistry report from a local impoundment to get an estimation of the water chemistry. Of course we would filter through a cloth to remove the particulates.
So anybody know of any good reasons not to try this? I think it would be a great experiment.