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Old 04-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Rusty Water

I'm brewing tomorrow (hopefully) and I'm preparing my water and it's rusty. We've had some serious rain here lately and I'm thinking that's the reason.

Anyone ever brewed with rusty water? It doesn't taste bad it just looks bad.

Here's a shot looking in to a full 5 gallons.

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Old 04-23-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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I have water like that. Filter it for sure. There will most likely be a metallic aftertaste.

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Old 04-23-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Just my .02, I wouldn't use it. I have well water with a high iron content and never brew with it. I buy RO water from the .25 cents a gallon machine then build from there.

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Old 04-23-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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Ughhh. I don't have a filter so I've gotta run to the store and buy 10 gallons of water. I wish we had one of those pay by the gallon machines near me...

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I have a fleck iron filter. You may want to look into them.

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Old 04-23-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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I brewed two batches of beer with water that had a minimal amount of iron in it and it gave the beers I made (Weizenbock & Belgian Dubbel) a very funky off-flavor. Admittedly, the funk went away after about 6 months, but again, the iron in my water was minimal, and did not look anything like yours. I would not use it ...

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Old 04-23-2011, 10:38 PM   #7
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Excessive iron is bad for you. In any case I would not brew with water that looked like that. Is it from a well?

Here in Chicago the water tastes funny for a day or two if it rains hard after a dry spell. Don't know why, but I don't brew until it returns to normal.

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Yikes! I don't think i'd brew with it.

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Old 04-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #9
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If it looks like that, at least some of the iron is probably dissolved, too- a regular filter won't touch it. You'd need a resin unit to remove it. Our well water is loaded with iron (& calcium), can't use it. I just use the RO water.

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Old 04-24-2011, 01:24 AM   #10
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I don't know WTF it was in there. It's municipal supply, never seen it like that though. I just picked up 10G of Stop & Shop's finest spring water....

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