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Old 01-15-2010, 03:07 AM   #1
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I've recently moved to a new area and I'm unsure of the quality of tap water in my new location. Is it worth is to purchase several gallons of distilled water for the wart or should I use tap water without testing it

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Old 01-15-2010, 03:23 AM   #2
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I have read that distilled water does not contain the nutrients needed for yeast growth. If you are worried about your tap water, I would suggest either using a water filter or buy spring water.

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Do you trust the water coming out of your tap to drink?

If so, why not brew with it?

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does it taste good to you? And are you using extract or all-grain? If it tastes good, I'd just use the tap water. I dunno if you're on a well or a municipal water supply, but if it's the latter, you can usually get water composition reports from whatever entity treats your water.

Brewing with distilled water requires adding a bunch of minerals and stuff

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Old 01-15-2010, 04:15 AM   #5
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Yes I do drink the water here and it does taste ok. I have only brewed with tap water efore but only because the friend whom was helping me also lived in the area and had tested it already. On the off chance that I would use Spring water would I need to add anything to it?

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Old 01-15-2010, 04:22 AM   #6
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Yes I do drink the water here and it does taste ok. I have only brewed with tap water efore but only because the friend whom was helping me also lived in the area and had tested it already. On the off chance that I would use Spring water would I need to add anything to it?
If you're brewing with extract, either bottled spring water or good tasting tap water will be fine. If you're brewing all grain, you might want to get a water report to see what the mineral levels are.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:30 AM   #7
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Maybe I should have mentioned the fact that I extract as usual thanks for the help.

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Distilled= waste of money.


if your tap water tastes good, brew with it.

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if you brew with your tap water and notice off flavors then switch to spring water or distilled and you dont have to add anything to those water for extract.

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Get a water report from your water company. If anything is way off the charts high, it would be beneficial to cut your tap with a couple gallons of distilled to lower the levels because extract will be carrying additional minerals in making things worse.

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