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Old 01-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #61
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Lincoln here. I use tap water. I do treat with Campden - I crack a tablet in half, prepare 5 gal in two buckets side by side, and I crush up half a tablet between my fingers into each bucket. I stir vigorously, then let it sit outside with no lid for ~15 min. after doing this, while I get the rest of my equipment set up.

Longer-term, I plan to build a filtering board and/or a whole house filter.

I also sometimes use a mix of 1/2 hy-vee refill-your-jugs water, 1/2 tap water.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:53 PM   #62
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Lincoln here. I use tap water. I do treat with Campden - I crack a tablet in half, prepare 5 gal in two buckets side by side, and I crush up half a tablet between my fingers into each bucket. I stir vigorously, then let it sit outside with no lid for ~15 min. after doing this, while I get the rest of my equipment set up.

Longer-term, I plan to build a filtering board and/or a whole house filter.

I also sometimes use a mix of 1/2 hy-vee refill-your-jugs water, 1/2 tap water.
Cool. Thanks for the feedback.

Just out of curiosity, why do you put the buckets outside?
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #63
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I read somewhere that sunlight helps release the chloramines. So I leave them without lids, in the sun, as I get my gear ready.

Plus, I brew outside, so I would put them there eventually.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:22 AM   #64
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Quick Zipline Review: The wife and I went to Lincoln tonight to hit the grand opening of the Zipline Brewery in Lincoln. The Alt and the Porter were fantastic. I think the IPA needs some work, not bad mind you, but I like IPAs and have a higher standard. Gorgeous tap room. Cool looking tap handles. Hard working folks to get you served. http://www.ziplinebrewing.com/index.php/blog/entry/zbc-taproom-opens-on-january-4th. We will back back. Have heard that Zipline is on tap at the Library Pub. All the best to folks at Zipline.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #65
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I'm too lazy to treat my water. I was running it through a cheap screw on carbon filter, but that takes 15min to get all my water. My water seems to be pretty good for brewing, but I'm not picky, and don't know any better. LOL!

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #66
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Well over half of the beer I make goes to events so I filter my water regardless of how picky I am. Besides... brewing is typically the only thing I schedule on brew days so I could care less about 15 minutes. Filtering takes out that sharpness that chlorine imparts so the flavors are more rounded and pleasant. Probably not the greatest explanation; but that's how my brain interprets it. :-)

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Well over half of the beer I make goes to events so I filter my water regardless of how picky I am. Besides... brewing is typically the only thing I schedule on brew days so I could care less about 15 minutes. Filtering takes out that sharpness that chlorine imparts so the flavors are more rounded and pleasant. Probably not the greatest explanation; but that's how my brain interprets it. :-)
Yep, I'm going to have to go out and get a carbon filter before I brew this weekend.
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Ft Calhoun...1st batch in the Carboy now! Scottish Ale, milk stout next. Will be brewing in Omaha with friends now and then.

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Ft Calhoun...1st batch in the Carboy now! Scottish Ale, milk stout next. Will be brewing in Omaha with friends now and then.
Fort Calhoun you say? I'm originally from Fort Calhoun but now love out by Northwest HS.
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I went the opposite direction. Moved from Omaha to an acreage in the hills 9 years ago or so. Know many people that brew in our general region?

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