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Old 04-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever used well water while making beer? Reason I'm asking is because my first batch of beer ever brewed did not turn out good. I used a Midwest supplies American light 20 minute boil kit. I followed the directions and made sure everything was cleaned with oxy clean and sanitized with starsan. I used dry yeast a plastic bucket for primary and a better bottle for secondary. I described the taste as plastic and had two others try it and they described it as sour. I've been brewing wine for awhile and used well water with them but haven't had any off flavors. My temperature stayed around the mid to upper 60's except for one day I left the heater on too high and the temp got up to 77 while in the secondary but only for a day. Does anyone have any ideas of what could've happened?

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Just a wild thought.... Was this the first time the bucket and/or better bottle were used? If so, possibly some residue from before you purchased it?

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Just asked same question here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/well-water-402533/

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Here's a link to off flavors from DRAFT magazine; http://draftmag.com/offflavors/

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I'm using un-softened, un-treated well water, and my beers and wines are good, in the opinions of me and all of whom I share with. Of course, well water will vary from region to region, so my experience will be of absolutely no help to you.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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Both bucket and better bottle were used before. The water taste fine to me and when the things I've read about plastic taste points to chlorine in the water I wouldn't think my well water would have chlorine in it

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I have a cream stout I'm going to bottle tonight. I didn't use a bucket and carboy for that one I just put it straight into a better bottle. If this one comes out bad I guess I will start using bottled water

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I'm using well water not treated or through any filter. Don't seem to have any issues.

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The only way we can give a real answer is if you have a water report from both your drinking water and the well water.
You can send samples to Ward Labs for $16 a pop.

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Did you use bleach solution or sodium percarbonate to clean or sanitize? That's have the samwe effect.

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