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Nwa-brewing 11-12-2012 11:20 PM

Filtered vs tap water?
 
I know... I ask a lot of questions and want to start with saying thank you!!!

Is there an advantage to using filtered/bottled water over just tap?

novalou 11-12-2012 11:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nwa-brewing
I know... I ask a lot of questions and want to start with saying thank you!!!

Is there an advantage to using filtered/bottled water over just tap?

If you have non-chlorinated good quality tap water, it will work too. I typically use bottled spring water because my water is chlorinated.

brewguyver 11-12-2012 11:38 PM

I just use tap water - the beers I made with the 5 gal bottled spring water just didn't turn out the way I wanted. If you're doing light beers you may need to use bottled plus some additives.

Simple rule of thumb for new brewers - if your water tastes good out of the tap, you can probably brew with it. If it has off flavors (metallic, chlorine flavor, etc), so will your beer.

Nwa-brewing 11-13-2012 12:45 AM

Makes sense! Was about to say what tap water isn't clorinated!

novalou 11-13-2012 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Nwa-brewing
Makes sense! Was about to say what tap water isn't clorinated!

Maybe if you have good quality well water.

300RUM 11-13-2012 01:30 AM

My well water has alot of iron but if I filter it, it is really good brewing water.

Why not filter it only cost a couple bucks and you can dry it and reuse it?

Nwa-brewing 11-13-2012 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by 300RUM
My well water has alot of iron but if I filter it, it is really good brewing water.

Why not filter it only cost a couple bucks and you can dry it and reuse it?

What kind of filtration?

300RUM 11-13-2012 02:05 AM

I use this Water filter housing, then the purple under sink filters

Golddiggie 11-13-2012 02:10 AM

I've filtered my drinking/cooking water forever. Towns I've lived in have always had something in the water we/I didn't want to drink/consume. IF I can smell any kind of chlorine in the water, I won't drink it or cook with it.

Best way to know what's in the water, if you're unsure about filtering, is to get a lab to analyze it. I believe Ward Labs does it for most brewers/homebrewers.

BTW, with what can get into the drinking water, even by accident, I think it's smart to have at least some kind of filtration system in place. You can usually get something really good/great for under $200. I picked up a new system when I moved to the new place that filters down to the .2 micron level. My previous system, that produced great brews, only went to the .5 micron level.

300RUM 11-13-2012 02:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Golddiggie (Post 4583865)
I've filtered my drinking/cooking water forever. Towns I've lived in have always had something in the water we/I didn't want to drink/consume. IF I can smell any kind of chlorine in the water, I won't drink it or cook with it.

Best way to know what's in the water, if you're unsure about filtering, is to get a lab to analyze it. I believe Ward Labs does it for most brewers/homebrewers.

BTW, with what can get into the drinking water, even by accident, I think it's smart to have at least some kind of filtration system in place. You can usually get something really good/great for under $200. I picked up a new system when I moved to the new place that filters down to the .2 micron level. My previous system, that produced great brews, only went to the .5 micron level.

I think the filters I use are .5 micron


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