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Old 06-03-2011, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Questions about "easiest beer i ever made"

In case you're not sure what I'm referring to, this is the thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easiest-beer-i-have-ever-made-recipe-208450/

So, you may have noticed I've posted a few times in there, and I wanted to ask my questions in my own thread so I wouldn't muck that one up.

1)Will distilled water be alright, or do I need to get some drinking/RO water? I can't find RO, so at this point it's either distilled or drinking.

2) Should the t-58 work well, or should I grab some US-05?

3) how about bitter orange peel in it? Tasty?



This is the comment I posted that made me want to ask these:

"Well I went with distilled, so unless that's out of the question, it's what I'm going with. However, I use distilled in my spray bottles with Star San, so it wouldn't be a waste if I need to get another type.

Also, I grabbed some Safbrew t-58 on the recommendation of the LHBS guys, but I forgot to make sure the temps would be alright with that yeast. Hopefully it's fine without chilling the wort.

I also opted for bitter orange peel, which will hopefully be a nice touch.

Planning on brewing Saturday. Looking forward to this one!"

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I went with the s-05
I did not use any orange or corriander (not a big fan of either)
I used mostly tap and froze some RO water to bring down the wort temps, intital taste uncarbed and warm was very good, it's in the keg carbing as of yesterday but so far the results are promising.
Overall very easy to brew , I cant wait until I can get a good cold pour!!!

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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I'm really mostly wondering if I need different water, or if the distilled will work. Should I be alright?

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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I'm really mostly wondering if I need different water, or if the distilled will work. Should I be alright?
Don't use distilled water to brew. Bottled drinking water or spring water is perfect.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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Don't use distilled water to brew. Bottled drinking water or spring water is perfect.
Perfect, thanks for the reply!

That seems counter intuitive. I mean, "distilled" sounds like it's really pure, whereas "drinking" sounds like...well, drinking water.

The distilled is good to mix up with star San, so no loss anyway.
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Don't use distilled water to brew. Bottled drinking water or spring water is perfect.
+1 I've used RO and made good beer, but I think spring water is the way to go. I've heard distilled can give you some funny flavors.
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I've never seen fermentation like this. Granted, this is only my second beer ever, so I don't have a ton of experience.

Is this alright? It's bubbling at a crazy pace and the airlock is full of wort. The bubble on top is from all the foam that's building atop the airlock.

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Dude you need a blow off tube. Right now.

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The reason that drinking water is better is that there are minerals and such in it that will make the beer better... distilled water can be used if you want to build up your water with salts and such but that is a whole other can of worms

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I threw something together. I had some tubing that I use with my siphon, which happened to fit through the bung hole.

I sanitized the tubing, and ran it from the bung to a jug with an inch or so of Star San in the bottom.

Do I need to cap the jug to keep it free of debris, or should this work?
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