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Old 11-18-2011, 09:28 PM   #21
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Why would you have to boil it ahead of time? Wouldn't boiling your wort take care of that? Unless you are using it as top off water I don't see why you need to boil ahead of time, I would filter it though.

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:23 AM   #22
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Well, thanks to all of you for your comments, this is a great thread.

I grew up at Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada border) and always drank the water with no ill effects (other than a few mental issues). I am going to use it for a batch of brew but I sure will take it far away from any EPA approved "treated" sewage discharge points.

Back in the day, they made beer from whatever water they had.

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:31 AM   #23
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Well, thanks to all of you for your comments, this is a great thread.

I grew up at Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada border) and always drank the water with no ill effects (other than a few mental issues). I am going to use it for a batch of brew but I sure will take it far away from any EPA approved "treated" sewage discharge points.

Back in the day, they made beer from whatever water they had.
Be careful about the EPA treated sewage discharge points. I work in the wastewater industry and I can assure just because it has been treated doesn't mean it is ok to drink. I am sure the EPA doesn't mean that either.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:03 AM   #24
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are we sure that boiling will kill ALL pathogens?

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:18 AM   #25
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boiling will kill any living pathogens, but it doesn't help with poison chemicals.

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Hey all, very helpfull thread here as i live in the adirondacks as well. I have a natural spring that runs close to my house and i get drinking water there all the time. drink it straight from the tap. I was thinking about using this but was a little unsure. I used ro/di water for my first batch. still witing to see how it vomes out.

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Victory! My Long Lake Brown is brewed, bottled and ready for gifting.

Thanks to everyone for your advice and support. Your generous interest made my project both possible and fun.

Can Lake Placid Lager be far behind?

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To close the circle:

My Long Lake Brown turned out very well. No problems with any off-flavors or funkiness. Very enjoyable.

I think the lake water worked well with the recipe I chose (A Newcastle style brown). I think some water additions might have be necessary if you are brewing another style (to keep the beer from turning out thin).

Get yourself a hiking water purifier and allow for an extra hour or so of pumping (it's a slow process).

If you are bottle conditioning, use a little more sugar than you normally would. Carbonation was a little light in my batch.

If you are bottling, work the lake into the label. From my experience, the water source and the story greatly enhanced folks enjoyment of the beer.

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Not sure if someone has mentioned it yet(I'm too lazy to read through all the comments), but on the documentary "How beer saved the world" they did this. At Oregon State they used pond water and brewed a beer with it, and it yielded good results. Beer is how they made it through the Medieval times after all! Boil the unsafe drinking water, and turn it into beer

As far as making good beer, as others have said, you would want to consider the mineral content/ph of the water..who knows what it is.

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I can't believe this wasn't posted!

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