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Old 04-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default I'm thinking of brewing with tap water. Terrible idea?

I've come across a few post that people complain about off taste and the first thing people ask if it was brewed with tap.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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It's the only thing I use an I produce pretty solid beer. IMO it's what gives your beer character. Many breweries use local water, which is why it is hard to clone many of them.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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Where is does your tap water come from? Well or municipal? The short answer is that if your water tastes good then it is probably fine to brew with. If it is chlorinated municipal, then you will want to run it through a carbon filter to remove the chlorine or treat it with a campden tablet. I bought an under the sink carbon filter for our kitchen sink that filters the cold water supply and use our city tap water almost exclusively. Its like $40 at hardware stores and the filter lasts about 6 months.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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Depends on what your tap water tastes like. If it's good water, then it's fine.

My local tap water is not so good, thus I always brew with bottled spring water that I like.

If you do brew with tap water I recommend boiling it all before adding any ingredients, use a filter system and or use campden tablets. That will help drive of some of the chlorine and other chemicals.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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I have only ever used tap water, and my beers turn out just fine as well. Only thing i've ever added was some gypsum here and there. Never actually had a report done on my water either.

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I've brewed with both tap and bottled spring water and I honestly can't tell the difference. It's up to preference and style of beer, really.

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Once you boil tap water the chlorine is removed. If your tap water is very hard or very soft it may make a difference in flavor, but should not contribute to off flavors either. Off flavors often arise from poor sanitation practices or contaminated ingredients, so check your stock carefully and maintain scrupoulously clean utemsils when working with your brews. Even a poor home brew will always taste better than a commercial swill water to me. Theres really no such thing as a bad batch of home brew, you can get an infected batch, but a straight up" bad" batch will still be drinkable if you ask me. Just sayin...

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I was unable to tell the difference between filtered and regular tap too. I started brewing with tap water out of necessity when my filter clogged. My water is city water and has a distinct chlorine odor straight out of the tap. As I said it is undetectable - by me - in the finished beer. Also, I THINK our water is hard.

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I would guess it depends on what is in your tap water. If there is a lot of chlorine you might have trouble. I have used only tap water, through a Brita filter with great results.

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Municipal chlorinated tap water here in Baltimore county. But it'll get boiled for 60 minutes. Thinking about boiling it prior to even mashing with it.

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