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Old 06-19-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Water modification for extract brews?

Is it something I should consider? If I'm not doing AG does the water PH really matter? My tap water is actually very good, sourced mostly from glacial runoff.

Is there a good guide to what makes "acceptable brewing water"?

I see a lot of gypsum and burton water salts in some recipes and wonder if I need to alter my water to avoid astringency or the "extract tang" I sometimes hear about. A couple of my brews have been a little astringent but most are great.

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A little gypsum (like half a gram per gallon) makes hoppy beers brighter and sharper. The yeast will appreciate the calcium, too.

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Aside from the above, with extract you don't need to worry about anything. If your water is good to drink you're good to go.

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With Extract, I use RO water. So I will steep with my tap water, then top up to 7 gallons with RO water and add the extract.

Extract has all the minerals & salts it needs.

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RO water?

Really Organic?
Ripe Orange?
Rank Orangutan?
Repulsively Opaque?
Richly Ossified?

Throw the new guy a bone?
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reverse osmosis

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Thanks!

Is that a filtration process for home or do I have to go/do somewhere/something "special"?

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Is that a filtration process for home or do I have to go/do somewhere/something "special"?
Yes.

I get mine at the Glacier Water dispenser at my local grocery store for $0.35 a gallon.
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Thanks.

The local grocer has some sort of dispenser for water though I never really took a close look at it - as I said, our water is generally very good. I did some googling and found a RO system for home at about $300.

What exactly is the benefit of RO?

BTW - about to brew your Apfelwein.

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What exactly is the benefit of RO?
It makes water nearly as pure as distilled. It's a waste for you in the PNW with your super-soft water - all you need to do to your tap water is remove the chlorine or chloramine with a carbon filter, campden tabs, or both.
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