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Old 11-06-2011, 02:28 AM   #11
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As long as there's no heavy metal or other chemical contamination you'll be fine.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:32 AM   #12
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I use artesian well water. It's chemically pure and I checked the pH last night, it's slightly alkaline; so far it's done well.

For a lake, I'd boil the living hell out of it before using it; that means a full minute at a rolling boil. That's before you start using it as your wort, of course.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:41 AM   #13
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If the source is pure (get the docs on what's in the water), I'd say you have a better source than many. Go for it, but maybe don't add any after boil.

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Aren't the Adirondack Lakes pretty badly eff'd up from acid rain? I know the fishing is bad in a lot of them, especially if they aren't stocked. I'd look into your particular source to be sure.

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:18 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of the great feedback.

Many of the Adirondack lakes have had issues with acid rain - definitely something to look in to.

The lake I'm thinking of is Long Lake in the central Adirondacks. It's actually formed by a widening of the Raquette River, so I'm hoping that acid rain is less of an issue (as it's not land locked and static).

I'm going to give it a whirl and see how it comes out.

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Here's a link with some info and there is a contact at the bottom for more information:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8418.html

I've been wanting to brew at my cousin's cabin in Schroon Lake, using snow as my only source of water, for awhile now. My plan was to then lager the beer in his basement in between visits.

I like your idea too and would love to try it. Maybe contact one of the Adirondack breweries for more info about the water sources up there.

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Old 11-07-2011, 12:04 AM   #17
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Brewing with snow - another great idea.

I think there's a Blizzard Bock in my future too!

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With respect to brewing water quality, acid rain won't really have an effect. It's pretty bad for aquatic environments with very little buffering capacity like the adirondacks. But its not a real detriment to brewing.

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Default C'mon in - the water's fine!

Thanks to everyone for the help and advice.

Ran up to Long Lake today and drew ten+ gallons of lake water. Pumped it through a water filter and boiled the living bejessus out of it.

Just finished a batch of American Brown Ale with it (Long Lake Brown). It's in primary fermentation and hopes are high.

The lake water has a very high mineral content (thus it's copper brown hue). With any luck that will not negatively impact the brew.

Time will tell - can't wait to find out.

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I doubt it was high mineral content causing the color in the water. Haloacetic compounds (including tannins) are more likely the cause of the color. A very slow filtering through an activated carbon filter might have taken some of the compounds and color out. If this is a typical Adirondack lake, the mineralization of the water should be low.

Good luck with the brew.

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