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.
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.
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.