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hukdizzle 12-16-2008 07:04 PM

Filtered water or no.
 
I am somewhat debating on how to approach the water situation with my brew. I am either going to get filtered water which is a pain in the ass from the local store, or I am going to get an inline filtration system such as the one on B3.

So my question is, how many of you guys use filtered water? And if so how do you go about getting that water.

Panzermann 12-16-2008 07:07 PM

Spring Water!

That is what I use and I know alot of others prefer this as well, do not get Distilled water as some do not like the "dull" taste of it.

BarleyWater 12-16-2008 07:12 PM

I use filtered water, but no need for an expensive filtering system. I use my Brita filter that attaches to the faucet. If using tap water, you need to pass it through a carbon filter to get rid of any chloramines that may be present, but almost any filter will work just fine.

Special Hops 12-16-2008 07:18 PM

I have never used filtered water. Been brewing for 9 years now.

EdWort 12-16-2008 07:20 PM

If you have chlorinated water, you should use a filter.

Pelikan 12-16-2008 07:22 PM

Spring water in gallon quantities from the grocery store is probably the most cost-effective option. For the most control, a reverse osmosis (RO/DI) machine is the best bet. They can be had for about $100 on eBay. I got mine from Aqua Safe Systems.

Bear in mind, an RO system will remove everything (everything) from water, except the water. So you'll need to add Burton salts to bring it back up to an appropriate TDS. You'll also need a TDS meter to get you where you need to be (about $20 on eBay). The Joy of Homebrewing has a handy dandy water chart, listing the various TDS levels of waters around the world, which will help you determine where your TDS should be for a given brew.

If you want to skip all this complexity, spring for the spring water.

hukdizzle 12-16-2008 07:24 PM

right on guys, what do you normally pick up? The gallon jugs or the reusable 5 gallon fill station jugs at your local grocery/walmart?

Beatty Brewer 12-16-2008 07:26 PM

We have an cheap inline carbon filter on the cold line from the pressure tank,I get it straight from the faucet. It does a good job on the sulphur smells, but not on the iron taste. If you are not used to it it tastes like blood.

GilaMinumBeer 12-16-2008 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EdWort (Post 1012803)
If you have chlorinated water, you should use a filter.

+1 Get a in-expensive under counter or whole house filter from Lowes/HD/WalMart and save yourself the shipping costs.

If your water has Chloramines, use Campden tablets.

And, it never hurts to get a chemical analysis of your water if you can.

Sometimes I just filter and sometimes I blend with bought water. Depends on the beer.

Pelikan 12-16-2008 07:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hukdizzle (Post 1012817)
right on guys, what do you normally pick up? The gallon jugs or the reusable 5 gallon fill station jugs at your local grocery/walmart?

Before I had the RO system, I was just getting no-name water in the gallon jugs. Just make sure it is spring water with a mineral content (they should list the minerals present, or say "minerals added for taste"). A lot of so called spring water is just distilled or RO water (Dasani and similar), and that's not what you want for a brew.


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