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smoes 07-22-2008 01:02 AM

Question? (What kind of water does everyone use?)
What kind of water does everyone use?

Parker36 07-22-2008 01:04 AM

Don't get people started on this one, but general rule of thumb: if its ok drink, its ok to brew beer with.

Revvy 07-22-2008 01:05 AM

I use port huron tap water! But +1 on what Parker said....on both counts...

*ducks outta here before the water debate begins.*

Parker...uh...you actually name your fermenters???? :D

smoes 07-22-2008 01:05 AM

so spring water will be okay?

the_bird 07-22-2008 01:12 AM

Don't use distilled water (especially for AG).

Don't use JUST RO water (especially for AG).

If it tastes like crap, don't use it.

If it's got crap floating it it, don't use it.

Otherwise, it's probably OK.

ohiobrewtus 07-22-2008 01:16 AM

Lots of different theories on this one, but I agree with what's been posted so far. I use tap water and am able to make some pretty good beer.

HOOTER 07-22-2008 01:18 AM

I use tap water for my 2 gal. boils and bottled spring water for the remaining 3 gallons. That being said, I have used unboiled, unfiltered tap water exclusively and it worked just fine.

beerthirty 07-22-2008 01:42 AM

depending on your water quality. If you use a carbon filter, run it as slow as you do your sparge. carbon is not a filter but an absorber. the slower the flow the more it absorbs. I set my flow to a trickle and leave it overnight before brewing, this assures a purer more consistent water for brewing. If I don't have time to filter correctly then I use drinking water from the water store( it has some sodium and other minerals that RO does not.)

SteveM 07-22-2008 03:09 AM

Spring water - but only because my tap water is not very good tasting.

Grinder12000 07-22-2008 03:25 AM

All of our water in this little town is softened. I always complained that it taste like CRAP.

Then my wife said = let's do a blind taste testing. She put filtered water and tap wated into the refrig for 1 hour. I scoffed and laughed under my breath.

Time came and I tasted both.

OH OH - no chlorine smell - both tasted the same! DAMN!!!

I was forced to buy her a 6 pack of Point Amber.

If you can drink it and it's not RO or distilled - go for it.

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