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Old 03-08-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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For 5 gallon beer brewing, Do I need to to boil all of the water before start brewing? I do partial mash with some gallons in fermentation bucket to pitch yeast.

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:15 AM   #2
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For extract brewing I had success adding Brita filtered water in the boil kettle as per the instructions and then topping off the fermenter to 5 gallons using more filtered water.

I have read some posts where they boil the amount needed and cool it. At least the top off portion but I think that is unnecessary unless you have bad water.

Others brew with bottled spring water.

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:34 AM   #3
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Depends on your water quality. I use city water from the faucet and have never had a problem. I've heard some people need to boil if they use well water that might have some bacteria in it.

If you're talking about boiling it for the actual brewing, that's not necessary for extract brewing. Most recipes will call for 1-3 gallons of water. After brewing you can top off the wort to 5 gallons (using cold water will help cool the wort faster too).

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Of the water taste good you are fine. No need to boil BEFORE mini mashing. HOWEVER. Using RO or distiller water and then building the water to a style is just another tiny thing you can do to make better beer.

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I throw in a campden tablet to rid the water of chlorine and chloramine

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Im switching to using only pre-boiled and chilled top off water. We have excellent water on long island, however I just had a dunkel come out less than perfect with a bitey chloriney aftertaste that I just cant chalk up to anything but the water.

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I just did my second batch of extract. I used 2.5 gallons of tap water, boiled, comes from a huge aquafir (underground well water) in n. idaho. Then finished the 5 gallon batch off with bottled spring water. Last batch I used all bottled spring water. I think my tap water is pretty good but I can get spring water for .88 cents a gallon. I'm thinking the boil will kill everything in the tap water and then use the bottled spring water to bring the batch up to your 5 gallons. I'm new to this so please correct me if wrong.

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We have an aquafir where I am also, its not only about sterilizing the water, its also about boiling off any mineral compounds that already exist in the water naturally, or added by your water company

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We have an aquafir where I am also, its not only about sterilizing the water, its also about boiling off any mineral compounds that already exist in the water naturally, or added by your water company
The only reasoned I boiled this water was to get rid of any chlorine and that's why I boiled my tap water for the brew. I believe you want some minerals in your brew water thats why I used spring water for topping off. Trust me the tap water up here is excellent.
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Of the water taste good you are fine. No need to boil BEFORE mini mashing. HOWEVER. Using RO or distiller water and then building the water to a style is just another tiny thing you can do to make better beer.

Brew science forum Primer stickie is great
what is RO water?
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