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Old 07-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Anybody use bottled water instead of boiling the additional 2 gallons when brewing?

For my first two batches I made, the two additional gallons I had to add came straight from the tap. I've since realized that is supposed to be boiled. I don't really want to take the extra time to boil and then cool that extra water, so I was just wondering if anybody has any work arounds, like using bottled water, or if that's a no no. Thanks!

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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I use gallons of spring water all the time.

I've done plenty of batches and never had any infections.

Works great.

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'm guessing you just go to the grocery store and just pick up the gallons they have there, correct?

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I wouldn't worry too much about just using straight tap water or bottled water. Yes it's an extra precaution to boil it, but the infection concerns are minimal. If you're doing partial wort boils, an easy thing to do is to put 2-3 gals of water in the freezer when you start brewing. Let it get cold enough where it's just starting to form ice crystals, but don't freeze it. Pour 1 gal of water into your fermenter bucket. Pour/strain/siphon the hot wort into the fermenter bucket. The top off with more cold water. Cools the wort to pitching temps every time.

And yes, you can use just about any water you would by at the store for extract brewing as long as it isn't flavored or carbonated.

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I always had good tap water (no chloramines or chlorine issues), so I never boiled my top off water. But if your water doesn't taste great, or you have chloramines or chlorine in the water, using bottled water to top off with (and to brew with) is great.

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Thanks, I'm guessing you just go to the grocery store and just pick up the gallons they have there, correct?

That gets expensive as they typically charge .99 / gallon for the single gallon size you find in the water aisle.

Do you have a Super WalMart near you? Mine has a Culligan Spring water machine in it and I bought Three 3-gallon jugs and refill them at the machine in the store. The charge for that is .27 cents per gallon.

They have bigger jugs but I like the 3-gallon size as I can easily lift them in and out of the cart.


ETA: I use bottled water because I live on the Gulf and have a very high salt content in my tap water.
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so I was just wondering if anybody has any work arounds, Thanks!
My work around is to just use tap water from the faucet.
The water is good so its never been a problem.
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I have pretty decent water in my area, but it does have a little chlorine/chloramine (never bothered to check which, but I can taste it's got one or the other), and worse, my house has old cast iron pipes. Not enough to stain, but enough I don't like drinking it.
Since my remedy for that was to get a water delivery service, I just ask for a few extra 5 gallon jugs every month beyond my expected use. Costs a little more than filling stations, but I don't have to lug it in, and I always have a rack of water in my house.

Plus, having lived in areas with the occasional hurricane/massive snowstorm and losing power and or water service, it feels good to have an extra supply anyway.
I highly recommend distilled, and the trace mineralized distilled if the water company offers it.

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I've used tap water straight from the faucet for a dozen batches with no issues. Plus it airates the wort!

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