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Old 02-05-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default How do you treat your water?

I'm just curious how others prepare their brewing water?

I use plain ol' tap water with a campden tablet and a couple teaspoons of gypsum. I let it sit overnight and use it for the mash and sparge. I'm in Columbus OH and we received a report in the mail over the summer the had the water breakdown for all the treatment plants in the city. Seems like we have good water for brewing.


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Old 02-05-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Charcoal filter. 5.2 pH stabilizer in the mash.


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Old 02-05-2009, 11:34 PM   #3
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depends on the brew, but charcoal filter for sure, lactic acid and gypsum in the mash and lactic acid in the sparge water.

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Old 02-05-2009, 11:42 PM   #4
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What kind of charcoal filter do you use?
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:44 PM   #5
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Straight from the tap into the HLT.

Well water.
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I shake it like a crying baby. Sometimes I turn the lights down low, and treat it right all night long....
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:00 AM   #7
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I use the 5 gallon Culligan jugs from WalMart. I bought 2 at about $13 each (full). After you buy the jug, a 5 gal refill is only $1.65. Much better water than my kitchen sink.
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I usually don't do anything to it, although I probably should be adding a little calcium, since my water is deficient in that. Eventually I'll get to tuning my brewing water to be style-appropriate, but I figure that's overkill while extract still makes up well more than 50% of my fermentables.
I do boil my top-off water for half an hour to get rid of the chlorine, let it cool and fill it into 1-gallon jugs to chill in the fridge overnight.

And sometimes I'll just get bottled spring water if I feel like being lazy.
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I use RO water and then build it up for the style of beer I am brewing. I get my RA inline first and John Palmer free spreadsheet helps a ton.
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I used to fill up jugs at the water store, then I built this:

It works great. Or at least did, now I use a whole house filter system with a 5 micron filter


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