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Old 12-14-2005, 08:17 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever tried to use this for mash / sparge / boil? Its coming down hard here and I am about to brew. Just curious. I am filling 5 gallon buckets now.......

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Old 12-14-2005, 08:18 PM   #2
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It's generally not considered all that healthy around here, but I don't know about TX. I'd be keeping an eye on pH at all stages during this experiment.

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I would be worried about all the polution in the rain.

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Old 12-14-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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I imagine the biggest concerns would be contaminants in the water that don't boil off.

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Old 12-14-2005, 08:35 PM   #5
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Rainwater would contain all the contaminants found in the air. Acid rain also comes to mind. Course the further away from large cities and not being downwind from them would help. The real contamination would probably be in the rainwater collection system though. I think a good spring water would be better choice.

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If you were to do this, i would think about running it through a britta filter, or the like, first.

I dont think PH would be that big of a deal, if you think about it, your drinking water is basically the same thing, but with bleach added, which would make it MORE acidic. They filter it through some sort of a mineral filter (same effect a brita has) and then add chlorine and floride (in some amounts).

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Since you mentioned it, I was wondering if flouride might present an off taste in brewing. Don't have it here, but I once lived in Gila Bend Arizona. The water was so loaded with flouride (naturally) it turned teeth brown, but rarely did anyone get cavities. Water from the Arizona CAP is really hard with calcium and phosphates.

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I hate the water in Phoenix. There is no way you can brew with it or even drink it

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Has anyone ever tried to use this for mash / sparge / boil? Its coming down hard here and I am about to brew. Just curious. I am filling 5 gallon buckets now.......
Aren't there 500 chemical plants / refineries within spitting distance of you? Might make the water taste kind of funky.
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The water in Phoenix used to be better. I could tell the difference between Verde (good) river water and Salt River (bad) water. Now it all gets mixed with Colorado River water from the CAP. And that water comes from too far downstream on the Colorado (which has pretty damn good water closer to its headwaters). Some big cities like Chicago and Milwaukee have really good water. It's definitely a real advantage if you have good water available and consistant in quality. I am in a small town and the source of water city water from a well on the mountain behind my house. Good water generally. But if it were to get polluted I would be the first to find out. Best water I ever had came from a spring next to the highway just east of Logan Utah.

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