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Old 04-11-2007, 07:57 PM   #1
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From what I have gathered if you drink your water it is ok to use....

I also just recently read that you should not use your water if you have a water softener. (this actually was a a wine site)

Does a water softener have an ill affects on beer or wine?

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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Yes. Water softeners use a resin that exchanges Ca ions for Na ions. This softens the water, but also jacks the sodium way up, which can lend unfriendly flavors to your beer.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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Dang it.....Too late now....guess I made some crap beer then...

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:30 PM   #4
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Water is not nearly as critical for extract brewers as it is for AG brewers. If your water tastes fine to drink it should be fine for extract. When you make the inevitable jump to AG you might want to think about getting bottled.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:33 PM   #5
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SO its not as bad as I think....I am in the middle of my second brew now...I should just keep going huh

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