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Old 11-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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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?



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Old 11-12-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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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.


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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.

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

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Makes sense! Was about to say what tap water isn't clorinated!
Maybe if you have good quality well water.
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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?

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

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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.

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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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