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Old 04-27-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Hi guys!
I am going to brew an Irish red ale kit with DME and specialty grains. I have read that DME has all the essential minerals in it. So my question is...do I use regular tap water, distilled water or spring water? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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Spring water would be my choice.

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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u can use any as long as it tastes good.

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You can use any water that tastes good so long as it doesn't have chlorine in it. If you use tap water you will need to either charcoal filter it or treat it with metabisulphite or campden tablets.

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As long as you like the taste of your water you can just use your tap water.

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For straight extract brewing, I use distilled water. If I'm steeping grains or doing a partial mash, I use bottled drinking water for the steep/mash and distilled for the rest. I should note that my tap water tastes like ass.

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I've used tap water for all of my batches and think they've turned out great. Did nothing to get rid of chlorine.

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Distilled water works well. But I've settled on local spring water from the source that's 10c per gallon. The yeasties seem to love it,& it gives cleaner hop & malt flavors. Works well with all my beers from AE to PM.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! I already have the same kit fermenting and used tap water on that one. I will try bottled water on this one and see how it goes.
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i use spring water for all of my extract brews. 5 gal is only about $5 at my grocery store so it's not too bad.

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