Originally Posted by scrawbag
thats brill. thanks for answering. i didnt want to waste another batch with random temperatures. i might do an experiment with the sterile water and nitrients and post my results here. i hope to be the one in future to be answering the questions. that john palmer book is great. read most of it already. thanks again
Yer welcome mate! I just started a year ago and learned a lot from that John Palmer book and this forum. The instructions on the Coopers kits are pretty rubbish - I think they just design them to be as basic and easy as possible to appeal more to someone who picks up a tin in the supermarket so they think - that's easy I could do that, and to make it as fool proof as possible.
Where in Ireland are you? I'm from Co.Cavan originally. What's your tap water like? If it tastes ok to drink I'd just go with that. I believe distilled water is a no-no for mashing grains since the minerals are important, but for mixing up a Coopers kit, it could be ok, but I'm not sure. You'll probably find out if you do a search here for distilled water.