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Old 04-01-2012, 04:53 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am dropping in for the long haul here at homebrewtalk to learn more about brewing and to meet new people. I just started my first batch ever. Its from a kit and it should be an IPA. However, I think I made a huge mistake. I watched a bunch of youtube videos before I started this batch. Each one of them said to pour my wort into a the fermenting bucket than top it off until I have 5 gallons total liquid in the bucket. Well, I never heard anything about boiling the extra water going into the bucket so I never boiled the water. Then, after filling up the bucket by eye sight, I realized that I was still a half gallon short so I poured the rest in manually with a measuring cup.....(I did sanitize it). The fact that I didn't use boiled water, would this infect my batch?

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On the good side of things, I enjoyed making the brew and the hops smell amazing!!!!



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Old 04-01-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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You may or may not have infected it. Non-sterilized water may or may not have beer bugs present in it. You exposed your beer to this, which may lead to an infection.

With that being said, I've done this multiple times before and never had an infection. Although I can't promise, I would place $100 (a lot of money for a broke college kid) on it that your beer is most likely not infected.

I would recommend purchasing gallons of sterilized water in the event this happens again. It can be a pain to constantly have to boil water, cool it, than add to fermenter.

Moral of the post: nothing you can do now, so don't worry about it. Most likely not infected.



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Old 04-01-2012, 05:01 AM   #3
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That's good to hear! Thanks for the advice.

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:03 AM   #4
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I don't think it should matter. I'm on my first batch, and will be bottling next weekend. I just used spring water. When i transferred it into my secondary fermenter it looked and smelled good.

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:05 AM   #5
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Hello,

The fact that I didn't use boiled water, would this infect my batch?
no it shouldn't.
I've never, used boiled top-of water.
I've never had an infected batch.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:18 AM   #6
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I routinely add 2 gallons or so of bottled water from the grocery store to my fermenter and have never had any issues with it.

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Old 04-01-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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im not sure but i believe my first pre-made wort kit told me to add some litres of tap water. i did and it turned out fine

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:03 AM   #8
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Dude, EPA regulates tap water and is very strict. People top off with tap water all the time. The fact that you didnt boil the water means there is more o2 present, which is better for the yeast. There is a slight possibility of infection but its very slim.

As a side note, fda reglates bottled water and is less strict than epa. Its more important to look at chlorine/chloramine content. Thresholds may me okay for us humans but not for our yeasties.

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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It's nice to know that I am blowing the water issue out of proportion.

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Tap water is pretty clean. I use it all the time with no issues.

However, it is not pure, and there is always a risk of infection. The key is getting the yeast going and creating alcohol before any contamination has a chance to get a hold in the beer. Really that is all we are doing when we sanitize everything; we don't kill everything, but we knock the numbers down so low that the yeast should win the race for the sugars in the wort.

The bigger potential problem is if your water contains chlorine, this can affect the taste of the beer. My water is filtered thru a carbon filter which takes this out.



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