Okay so I've brewed a couple batches, using a faucet mounted Pur water filter for all the water. All the water I use for brewing is boiled or pre-boiled.
My beer tastes so-so (I'm drinking it at least), but I get a plastic like smell, and a slight taste in it.
I have asked my local water authority if they put chloramine in the water, waiting for an answer.
My question is this... If I use a campden tablet, do I have to fill up a big bucket of water, put the tablet in, wait 24hrs and brew with that? Is it safe to assume my problem is choramine, or is there some sanitation issue that can lead to this type of smell/taste? I use StarSan for all my sanitation, but from what I've read you can have all kinds of suds of it all over everything with no effect on taste. Also I had this taste before using StarSan.
Should I just switch to store-bought water? i only do all-extract at the moment, but what will I do down the road if I want to do all grain?