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Old 10-05-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Default Spring water for brewing question

I've been brewing (13 batches at this point) with my well water with good results, but I use a water softener and I'm looking to experiment at this point. I was considering using Poland spring water to see if I can get better results.

Any comments / concerns with using Poland spring water?

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Old 10-05-2007, 03:22 PM   #2
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probably get better beer with spring water that has its natural minerals.

water softners exchange calcium for sodium which will affect beer flavor.

go for it.

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FWIW I use Deer Park spring water and end up with a tasty brew. That and they have a mineral analysis on their website (http://www.deerparkwater.com/KnowH2O/OurSources.aspx)

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:02 PM   #4
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check out a pur one water filter for your tap ,youll be very impressed with it ,your beer bud bull

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check out a pur one water filter for your tap ,youll be very impressed with it ,your beer bud bull
Still have water softener inline... I think thats what he's trying to eliminate.
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Old 10-06-2007, 12:05 PM   #6
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Still have water softener inline... I think thats what he's trying to eliminate.
that's correct, I'm trying to eliminate the water softener to see if that's negatively affecting the beer taste.

The spring water (all data I've seen on suppliers web sites) have the following:

magnesium: 0.7-1.9 ppm
calcium: 3.5-9.5 ppm
Bicarbinate: 13-28

This results in a mash PH of approx. 5.72 according to Palmer's chart. Is there any negatives to the low minerals in the spring water?
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Default It's Deer Park BRAND water

Take it from one who knows.....
It's Deer Park BRAND spring water.
Who knows which spring it comes from, or it could be blended.

About 5 years ago, Nestle made this switch with thier spring waters.
Poland Spring can be from anywhere, same with Ozarka, Zephyrhills, Deer Park, and Arrowhead, oh and one more Callistoga.

Your are better off with RO water then adjust to taste!

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Old 10-11-2007, 02:01 AM   #8
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I think Poland Spring is usually pretty high on the mineral content.

Manadnok has only one source and has worked out very well. Recomended by my Homebrew shop owner.
Good mineral content. I've brewed a large range of beers without any additions with good results.

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Typically, the spigots on the outside of your house are taken off the main water line before the water goes through the softener (your grass doesn't care if the water is soft or hard). So you can try using water from your garden hose instead of your kitchen sink. And you could always put the water from the garden hose through a water filter.

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I also wouldn't waste $$ on moland spring or other "premium" brands. I get generic grocery-store-brand spring water for $0.80/gal.

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