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Old 12-31-2009, 03:37 AM   #1
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The water in my area is terrible. It smells of chlorine and does not taste very good. I currently use kirkland brand drinking water that says it has minerals added for taste. Could I use this for brewing water?

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Old 12-31-2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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The water in my area is terrible. It smells of chlorine and does not taste very good. I currently use kirkland brand drinking water that says it has minerals added for taste. Could I use this for brewing water?
Yes. The beer will turn out fine.
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What are you brewing? (and yes you should be fine)

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Old 12-31-2009, 04:54 AM   #4
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What are you brewing? (and yes you should be fine)
all grain, and I am not yet sure what my first AG brew will be. Still have one last extract brew to get out of the way, a barleywine
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Build yourself an inexpensive water filter. After 2-3 batches where you have to go and either buy or fill your water bottles you will seek easier methods. Since I built my filter, I have been pleased as punch. (I even fill bottles for drinking from my filter)

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all grain, and I am not yet sure what my first AG brew will be. Still have one last extract brew to get out of the way, a barleywine
I meant what style. I should have been more specific.
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Build yourself an inexpensive water filter. After 2-3 batches where you have to go and either buy or fill your water bottles you will seek easier methods. Since I built my filter, I have been pleased as punch. (I even fill bottles for drinking from my filter)
i just buy it from costco, real easy
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The problem with bottled drinking water is that it's hard to know what the mineral makeup is. Even if it's moderate, it's not going to be perfect for all styles and you really should know what's in it. I should backup a bit though. I don't think a brand new all grain brewer should worry too much about the water for the first couple batches but If you're using bottled water, I would stick to beers in the 8-12 SRM color range (copper to amber).

The alternative is to start with 100% distilled water and build up a profile based on the style of beer you're making but that's something to play with later after you get your technique down.

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I would guess it is R/O water with added stuff. Without a water report it is hard to tell what is in it at which concentrations. There is an outside chance you might be able to find a report for it online.

You may want to consider bottled water that is labeled as "spring water." This has not gone through R/O and still has a decent amount of goodies in it. Certainly enough for a light to medium brew.

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I would guess it is R/O water with added stuff. Without a water report it is hard to tell what is in it at which concentrations. There is an outside chance you might be able to find a report for it online.

You may want to consider bottled water that is labeled as "spring water." This has not gone through R/O and still has a decent amount of goodies in it. Certainly enough for a light to medium brew.
well it says with minerals added for taste so i doubt its stripped of all minerals
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