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Old 12-02-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default What kind of water to use for extact brewing, spring/distilled/filtered?

I'm wondering what water is best for extract brewing? I've gotten a strange taste out of two of my three batches ive made, and I am trying to eliminate possible causes of contamination, and or off flavors.

I am considering using botled spring or distilled water, because I have well water, and I dont know if that in itself can be a cause of something screwy.

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I'm wondering what water is best for extract brewing? I've gotten a strange taste out of two of my three batches ive made, and I am trying to eliminate possible causes of contamination, and or off flavors.

I am considering using botled spring or distilled water, because I have well water, and I dont know if that in itself can be a cause of something screwy.
Yes, the well water can be the cause of something "screwy". Where we live, the water has tons of iron, which causes terrible (blood) tasting beer! I never use well water to brew.

Spring water or distilled water is fine. Whichever is cheaper for you will work.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:22 AM   #3
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My well water also has high iron...almost 2ppm. I have brewed two extract brews using softened water, and they taste great. I have three AG brews that I brewed using non-softened water. Hope they don't taste like blood!....the non-softened water tastes great though, and it's clear. It's actually the best drinking water we've had in any place we have lived.

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Old 12-02-2010, 01:38 AM   #4
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I have used some really hard water with no problems. I'm pretty sure if it tastes good enough to drink it won't screw up your beer.

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Old 12-02-2010, 03:14 AM   #5
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Listen to the Brewstrong Water episodes. I'm sure they cover this.

Brew Strong: Why Adjust Your Water
Brew Strong: Water II - How to Adjust Your Water
Brew Strong: Water III - Adjusting Water to Styles
Brew Strong: Water IV - The Final Answers

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The only way I'd use well water is to run it through a multi-stage RO filter unit. If you rather buy water, I'd use 100% spring for darker beers and 50% spring, 50% distilled for lighter beers.

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My water looks and tastes fine when I drink it, but I have never had it tested, so I dont know what may be lurking in the water. The one batch Ive gotten to turn out was a java stout, and that tastes delicious after a month in the bottle.

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I've had my water tested, and beside the high iron...it's clean. pH is 7.42, no bacteria, and fairly soft @ 84 mg/l. It's going to have to do for now, and I hope there is no funky off-tastes in my AG brews.

At some point in the future, I may look into adjusting it for brewing.

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When I was on crappy city water I always used spring water from wal-mart. worked well... I have well water now, it tastes great and makes great beer. Never had it tested but never thought I needed to. I usually throw a gallon of bleach in the well about once a year, just on the recommendation of other homeowners .. we must have a large well because even the day of adding the bleach, it is not detectable in the water.

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I use spring water. The county water here (Delaware County) is perfectly safe but not very good tasting.

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