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Old 03-20-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Extract brewing water.

If i use bottled water to do an extract kit, do i have to boil the "top-off" water? It seems it would be sanitary enough, but maybe im wrong.

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Old 03-20-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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I have never boiled the bottled water I use to top off.

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Old 03-20-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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I don't use bottled water, so take this with a grain of salt, but I seem to remeber reading somewhere that if you use bottled water, use mineral water not distilled because distilled water lacks certain trace ingrediants needed for the beer.

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There are mixed feelings about this among some. Here's the skinny:

if your tap water is safe to drink out of the tap-- as in you'd give your young children/nephews/nieces a glass right off the tap-- then it's probably safe to use for your beer.

If you insist on bottled water because you don't consider municiple water suitable for consumption then, yeah, you better boil it.

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:55 PM   #5
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There are mixed feelings about this among some. Here's the skinny:

if your tap water is safe to drink out of the tap-- as in you'd give your young children/nephews/nieces a glass right off the tap-- then it's probably safe to use for your beer.

If you insist on bottled water because you don't consider municiple water suitable for consumption then, yeah, you better boil it.
Thanks but I was looking into using bottled water for everything, no muni water. Do i need to boil the "bottled" top off?
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:58 PM   #6
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I've also heard that you don't want distilled water because the minerals are needed for certain processes.

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Old 03-20-2007, 10:15 PM   #7
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No. You do not need to boil it. It should be sanitary coming straight out of the bottle.

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I never boiled the gallons of water I bought, with no issues. Never heard of anyone having a problem. I've also used straight, non-boiled tap water more often than not to re-hydrate my yeast.

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Old 03-20-2007, 10:36 PM   #9
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Cool, thanks all!!

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I don't even boil my top off water...it's straight from the tap.

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