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Old 09-30-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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So this might be a stupid question. But last Saturday I pre-boiled my water because I was planning on brewing the next day, and put it in my fermenter. Well things did not work out, and I won't be able to brew until tomorrow. Should I re-sanitize the bucket and re-boil water, or should everything be fine.

My gut tells me everything should be fine, but I just want to confirm.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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If it's been sealed the whole time, you're probably fine. If it's been just an open bucket the whole time, I'd re-boil. If it were me, I'd probably reboil just to be safe, but I'm pretty particular (anal) about that sort of thing.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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Is this your brewing water or your top off water? If it's the boil water and has been covered I guess you could reuse it, you would be boiling it again after all. If it's your top off water.. well, I probably wouldn't risk it.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:14 PM   #4
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I think its fine. You don't need to boil top off water in the first place. And if you did and its been covered the entire time then you are fine.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
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You don't need to boil top off water in the first place.
Well, I would say that kind of depends on the source of your top off water.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:29 AM   #6
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Yes its top off water. I have always been told to boil my top off since I use tap water.

I think I will do it anyways, since it is a pretty painless process to do really.

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Old 10-01-2010, 06:01 AM   #7
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boil it. we are thinking of getting a water filter to prevent this. we currently buy water. which sucks. good luck!

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:04 PM   #8
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I am brand new to home brewing so you will have to take my comments with that in mind.

It seems to me since it is brewing water, I assume it will be heated for the mash and then sent to the boil kettle to boil another 1 to 2 hours.

Wouldn't the boil kettle operation sterilize it?

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Lots of extract brewers are limited to using the kitchen stove or a kettle that can't boil the entire 5-7 gallons of liquid needed for a full boil. So they do a partial boil, say 3 gallons, and then when cooled, top it off with water in the fermenter to reach target volume and gravity.

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #10
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That makes sense. Just shows how green I really am with home brewing. Thanks.

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