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Old 12-08-2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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from what info I have read from the couple of basic brewing guides...

it says not to use chlorinated water, well all tap water here is chlorinated
is there anyway around this
or should I just go to Kroger and get myself a 5 gallon jug of spring water?

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From what I have seen bad water can make good beer pretty bad. I have very bad water locally so I spent the extra $5 and got bottled water for my first batch. Here is some good reading:

Water is important.

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If you pre-boil your water (about 30 mins), it will drive the chlorine off.

Spring water is usually a pretty good bet, especially with extract brews.

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I use 2.5 gallons of tap water for my boil and 3 gallons of bottled spring water to top off. It works well for me.

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Water varies GREATLY from region to region, so a tap water plan that works for one brewer may be an absolutely terrible idea for another.

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If you pre-boil your water (about 30 mins), it will drive the chlorine off.

Spring water is usually a pretty good bet, especially with extract brews.
well my first brew is going to be a Hefeweiß from extract.... so I will start with spring water to be safe
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so I will start with spring water to be safe
Good call. Your already spending the money on ingredients, might as well drop a few extra bucks for some quality H2O.
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I use all Spring Water

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question- my friend has well water, and it has a rotten eggey smell /taste to it. if i boil it, will this release some of the stuff that makes it smell?

i used bottled water for my first batch, but dont want to again. is running tap water or the well water though a britta a good idea?

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