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Old 12-04-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Brewing in NYC...city water OK?

Hi Guys,

I just moved to NYC and, after settling in, am ready to start brewing again. My big question is, can I use the city water to brew? Or should I get spring water from my local bodega.

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I grew up in New York City, and my rule has always been...let it run cold out of the tap, then drink away. It's great water. The only concern can be your pipes. So if it tastes good, use it. If not, slap a water filter on your faucet and try that. I'm in DC now, and I brew with water from a filter on my faucet with great results.

Some recipes, and some all-grain brewing situations, call for specific water conditions. If that is a concern for you, then get a water composition report from the city. But again, pipes in NY are in some cases 100 years old. So I'd settle on, if it tastes, good, use it.

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Old 12-04-2008, 02:34 PM   #3
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Great, thanks for the reply! I personally love my NYC water, I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't any treatment going on with it that would cause my little yeasties to be unhappy.

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I've been to Manhattan a couple of times and thought the water was extremely good.

I have great water where I live, and could not believe NYC water tasted as good.

I have super soft water ( <50 ppm), and don't know about NYC.

Google water hardness map, or get a cheap test done.

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There are rumors Dasani is bottled NYC tap water...

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The water's definitely hard, which is good news for me, bad news for the shower

I'll be brewing with it next week

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NYC water has always rated to be one of the best. The water comes from many reservoirs in my area of NY. My water comes from the Hudson river its also very good but sometimes during a long drought we can't drink it. The salt line moves up river

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Thanks to all who replied! I brewed my Ginger Saison this weekend (man, MUCH smaller apartment in NYC!), and it's bubbling away merrily in the primary fermenter. All signs point to awesome!

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NYC water is one of the best. I lived here all my life. It always taste good right from the tap. Rinses real nice in the shower.

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