Originally Posted by Rmoore2012
I haven't yet become adept at using the hydrometer.
The 'good' beer was a pale ale, and the 'bad' beers were pumpkin beer recipes. I believe it was a medium bodied ale and then pumpkin was supposed to be added in.
I don't really know much about my water profile but I've used purified water from the grocery store.
How do you eliminate chlorine/chloramine?
Pumpkin Beers are one of the hardest beers to brew. I have never done one. I feel like I want to perfect the base beer of the pumpkin beer before I start messing around with the pumpkin. If you have soft water that will be good for malty brews and hard will be good for pales and bitter brews. So, if you have hard water you might have a tough time making a good pumpkin beer.
If you are using purified water you probably don't have chlorine/Chloramine, but if you are using municipal water you probably have chlorine/chloramine in your water which would most definitely cause a negative off flavor in your water. You can fix by buying campden tablets. I usually put half of one in my brew water, crushed up. It will eliminate chlorine/chloramine.