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Old 11-20-2006, 07:43 PM   #1
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Ok, for my first 3 batches I prepare my extract in 3 gal of boiling water and boiled 3 more gallons to top off with. It is a PITA not only to have to cool the wort, but also to have to cool/wait for the top off water.
I drink my tap water every day so I'm not worried about it having any "bugs", is it ok to just top off with water straight from the tap?

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Old 11-20-2006, 07:45 PM   #2
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Yup.

I've used bottled gallons, no problems. If you're fine with the tap, use it. Plus, fewer worries about aeration, since the boiled top-off water is O2-free.



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Make it even LESS of a PITA and use ice from your tap to cool the wort

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Great info guys, thanks! So I could use the ice from my ice machine????

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Make it even LESS of a PITA and use ice from your tap to cool the wort
My tap doesn't have ice, I don't know about anyone else.
A immersion chiller works great for me.
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I wouldn't recommend using ice from your freezer because of all the other things in there also.

What I do is use PUR filtered tap water in 1 gal water jugs and place them in the freezer for 4-5 hours prior to brewing. It gets the temps into the 60-70 range within minutes. I've been doing this for years without any problems.

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I wouldn't recommend using ice from your freezer because of all the other things in there also.
I agree also, I would not use ice from a machine if I were you. However, If you have an ice tray, and clean it our thouroughly before filling it with water, then you should be able to use that ice no problem .
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I agree also, I would not use ice from a machine if I were you. However, If you have an ice tray, and clean it our thouroughly before filling it with water, then you should be able to use that ice no problem .
That would still have impurities on the top of each cube...
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My tap doesn't have ice, I don't know about anyone else.
A immersion chiller works great for me.
Obviously, I meant ice made from tap water. An immersion chiller is rather pointless when you're topping off.
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That would still have impurities on the top of each cube...
sorry, I forgot to say to cover with plastic wrap or something like that


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