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Old 07-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #21
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I'll also use Camden tabs to ensure that I've gotten rid of all the chlorine and chloramine.
I'm thinking this would be cheaper than buying a bunch of spring water from the store. Is the camden rendered inert during your boil so you don't have to worry about it killing your yeast? How many tabs would I add to a partial volume boil (~3 gallons)?


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Old 07-31-2012, 02:34 PM   #22
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I checked with our water company and they add chloramine and fluoride when treating the water. Does this sound like a good solution to remove the chlorine and chloramine? Boil 6 gallons of water to get the chlorine out, allow it to cool some and add 1/4 camden tab, give it a while to work (how long?), then start my boil. Has anyone heard of fluoride causing off flavors?



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Old 07-31-2012, 03:00 PM   #23
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you can crush a Camden tablet right into your water without boiling. It works almost instantly, and takes out chlorine and chloramine.

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you can crush a Camden tablet right into your water without boiling. It works almost instantly, and takes out chlorine and chloramine.
Exactly. The camden should work right away and I've never had it affect the yeast. I think the boil denatures it.
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You shouldn't need to boil first, after all you are boiling during brewing and the off flavors are produced with the yeasts reaction to the chlorine.

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Thanks for all the help. I'll give it a shot and see how it goes.

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Interesting note, as the beer has been sitting in the fridge longer it has also developed a plastic taste, and I'm now picking up a strong alcohol flavor. I got the latter with my previous batch, but the plastic taste is new. I guess it depends on the yeast strain. I guess it is the chloramines after all. Just weird that the beer had none of these flavors for the first 3 or 4 weeks.

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Interesting note, as the beer has been sitting in the fridge longer it has also developed a plastic taste, and I'm now picking up a strong alcohol flavor. I got the latter with my previous batch, but the plastic taste is new. I guess it depends on the yeast strain. I guess it is the chloramines after all. Just weird that the beer had none of these flavors for the first 3 or 4 weeks.
Thank you for posting this. My curiosity was getting the best of me for the past few days wondering about the outcome of your experiments with the hot dog beer.
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I'll be making a new batch soon and I'll be using a 1/4 camden tab. I had planned on making a pumpkin beer for my wife, but I'm tempted to keep it simple so I can pick up any odd flavors and know they're from the water. I'll post back once I have it bottled and conditioned.

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I'll be making a new batch soon and I'll be using a 1/4 camden tab. I had planned on making a pumpkin beer for my wife, but I'm tempted to keep it simple so I can pick up any odd flavors and know they're from the water. I'll post back once I have it bottled and conditioned.
Do that. My pumpkin beer for my wife has weird flavors and I have no idea from what. Wish I'd learned my tablet lesson first.


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