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Old 02-09-2014, 12:19 AM   #1
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So the first few beers I used spring water that I bought from the grocery store, then I started using filtered water. Since I have moved to a neighborhood in Florida votes best tap water...I have to agree I like drinking it right out of the tap...so I said screw it I'm going to use it to brew...lots of people tell me I'm nuts, but when I have a group of people standing around me beer taps in the kitchen I don't get any complaint. Thoughts?


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Old 02-09-2014, 12:29 AM   #2
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I've been using my tap water since I started brewing! First in Central Texas with super hard well water and now in southern Colorado with the municipal supply... I have never noticed any off flavors but it really depends on the source. I feel like if it doesn't have a ton of chlorine and it tastes good to drink brew with it!

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I used to buy spring water, but here in Philly the tap water is outstanding, so I just use that instead. It's a PITA to go buy and haul 20+ gallons from the store.

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I also went through the 'beginners fear' and bought spring water early on. Found it to be a hassle and expensive. Bought an RV water filter and never looked back. I usually add a Campden tab or two into the HLT. It really depends on bow good the local water is. Mine's delicious.

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I've always used water right from the tap. If I'd drink it strait from the nozzle, then it's good to put in my beer! There are some styles that would benefit from having harder/softer water, but personally, I'm not yet at the stage in my beer making were I concern myself with it. The beer is good, so I won't be spending extra money on what I can get for free anytime soon.

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:50 AM   #6
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I tested my water at Ward Labs. I was surprised at how good it was for brewing.

Water hose, RV filter, 1/2 Campden tablet and 4 ounces of Gypsum. Go!

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Get a water report so you know what you are getting and then go to town. Then you can add any brewer salt additions to craft the water to style. I've always used tap water. Some brews are awesome and every once in a while one is crap. I don't blame the water, more likely I screwed up somewhere...

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I've only used tap water here in Portland, I did notice a difference once I started treating it with campden though. Been using about 1/4-1/2 tablet for 8 gallons of brewing water.

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Ditto... Portland tap water and campden for me

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I don't add any minerals to mine and like I said I get no complaints...I guess it could be better but if strip steak is delicious why try fillet mignon.


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