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BlackHillsBrewing 01-13-2010 03:48 AM

Isn't Top Water contaminated?
 
Ok, maybe stupid question... but I waited two weeks before brewing, cause I didn't want to mess up. I did everything buy the book.. Everything. Then it dawned on me. "That was stupid!"

1. I did my 3 - 4 gallon boil
2. Sanatized everything that came in contact with wort.. "EVERYTHING"
3. Direction on yeast even said Boil water then cool then add yeast.
4. Fill Fermenter to 5 Gallon mark with water. <-- Won't this water then contaminate wart if it's never been boiled? Nobody says anything about the Top Off water being boiled. Is it possible that this water has bacteria or other posible contaminates since it wasn't boiled with original wort?

Richabt 01-13-2010 03:56 AM

Technically yes, but I remember adding straight tap water on several occasions without a problem. Not recommending the practice, but I survived unscathed. You will probably be fine.

barleynhops 01-13-2010 03:57 AM

Good question. The reality is that there is minimal risk with contaminated tap water. Most tap water is treated at regional water treatment facilities and potential contaminates are filter out and/or killed during treatment. I never had an issue with top-up water when I was brewing in this fashion. I wouldn't worry about that. If it still does make you a little nervous due to the remote possibility, you may also want to consider doing a full wort boil. You beer will turn out better through this process anyway.

sp1365 01-13-2010 04:00 AM

Yes, there is the possibility that it is contaminated. Will it cause a problem? I doubt it. Boil the water and you should be fine.

itsme6582 01-13-2010 04:24 AM

Would you drink your tap water if it were loaded with bacteria?

RDWHAHB

BlackHillsBrewing 01-13-2010 05:05 AM

Well, I don't think its sterile that's for sure, and it does come from a well. I was just wondering how come nobody mentions boiling the top off?

Scimmia 01-13-2010 05:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itsme6582 (Post 1805815)
Would you drink your tap water if it were loaded with bacteria?

Would you really like an answer to that question?

Scimmia 01-13-2010 05:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackHills (Post 1805859)
Well, I don't think its sterile that's for sure, and it does come from a well. I was just wondering how come nobody mentions boiling the top off?

Before going all grain, I always boiled my top up water. It may not be totally necessary as long as you pitch plenty of healthy yeast, but I think it's good insurance plus it will get rid of chlorine. I've seen numerous debates on this issue on this forum.

Hermit 01-13-2010 06:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itsme6582 (Post 1805815)
Would you drink your tap water if it were loaded with bacteria?

RDWHAHB

Bacteria doesn't multiply as well in treated water as it does in nice sweet sugar water, like wort. When testing water for bacteria count the first thing the water company does is sterilize the tap so that isn't included in the count. At least that is what I have seen them do on TV.

Hermit 01-13-2010 06:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scimmia (Post 1805863)
Before going all grain, I always boiled my top up water. It may not be totally necessary as long as you pitch plenty of healthy yeast, but I think it's good insurance plus it will get rid of chlorine. I've seen numerous debates on this issue on this forum.

Yeast do not eat 100% of the sugars. The bacteria can just lay in wait and bide its time. I just read a thread somewhere on here where a guys barley wine was good for 3 years and then developed a gusher infection.


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