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Old 07-29-2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Bottled Water V Tap Water

Thats the question....

I was thinking about using some form of "purified" water in my next batch, just to see how it affect my final product. Is this the right way to go by just buying a sh*t ton of bottled aquafina or should I go buy those big milk jugs full of water at wal-mart? *for example*

What does everyone suggest?



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Old 07-29-2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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I'd suggest getting an analysis from your water supplier.

There's no point in replacing one unknown with another unknown.

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Old 07-29-2008, 01:39 AM   #3
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+1 Look at one of your water bills for the right people to contact. They would gladly give you the info you want.

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You can send a sample to Ward Labs http://www.wardlab.com and they'll tell you everything, for about 16 bucks.

They even send you a free container to mail the sample in. Turn around is about 3 days via email.

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I would advise against using bottled water. Unless it's distilled water, there is a very good chance that it is not pure. Do a google search on bottled water and bacteria and you'll find that bottled water is really not all it's cracked up to be. IMHO, I'd get the water report from your tap source, and go off of that; it'll be more reliable and consistent than bottled water would be. If you use either DI or distilled water, then you'll have to add everything back into it to make it suitable for the style you're brewing. I personally just go with the tap water, it's easier and requires far less effort.

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Thats the question....

I was thinking about using some form of "purified" water in my next batch, just to see how it affect my final product. Is this the right way to go by just buying a sh*t ton of bottled aquafina or should I go buy those big milk jugs full of water at wal-mart? *for example*

What does everyone suggest?
Just for curiosity or because you have an issue you are trying to diagnose?
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I have one of those faucet mounted activated carbon filters. I will collect all the water I need for my batch.

Another water source I use is a local free flowing spring. I'll take my carboys, primary buckets, and some other vessels, and fill them all. Usually getting 20 to 30 gallons at a time.

I don't think it's cost effective to purchase bottled water. If you are trying to replicate a specific brew, then you could get a water analysis, and add in the components needed to get your water as close to the water from the area that brews the style you are trying to make. There are chemical compound lists for the water, from certain cities around the world.

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Do you dislike the taste of your tap water? That's always been my yardstick: If I like the taste of the tap water where I am living, I brew with it. But then, I'm also not very picky and too cheap to buy bottled water.

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I just bought a water filter for $40, hooks right up to my spicket outside. This should last me years. I was buying bottled water (about $10 a brew) b/c there is a lot of chlorine in my tap water.

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I just bought a water filter for $40, hooks right up to my spicket outside. This should last me years. I was buying bottled water (about $10 a brew) b/c there is a lot of chlorine in my tap water.
We have heavily chlorinated water too due to the overlaod of duck crap in the reservoir. Doesn't the chlorine boil out? If not, I think I would prefer the duck crap.


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