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Old 02-22-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Water - I didnt realize HOW important is really is

Well, my past couple of brews have been less than satisfactory. I attribute it partially to the fact that I brewed a couple of beers that I wouldnt drink on a regular basis.

But today as I drank a glass of Kool-Aid from the pitcher in the fridge, it hit me.

My water tastes like total ass. I cant really explain what sort of 'ass' the water tastes of, but I can distinctly identify the **** flavor that has been imparted into my brew. The water from the tap here is very mineral/metallic flavor laden. I guess my pallette has become sensitized to this as I only drink bottled/filtered water (and a hell of a lot of it)
I really dont know what I was thinking when I decided to just get lax and stop taking the extra effort to use bottled/filtered water for my brews. I mean, the first ones that I produced were tasty as all getout. (Even though some were what I would consider the not gonna brew agains as this latest batch is) But they were delicious nonetheless - cause I used the bottled/filtered water.

The water makes all of the difference in the world... Something so simple, that has totally affected my end product.

Forget about ferm temps, and not properly conditioning etc - GIGO.
Garbage in = Garbage out.
Unfortunately I dont think that any amount of time will heal a boo boo of this magnitude.
Oh well, VALUABLE lesson learned
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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I didn't brew when I lived in Las Vegas, but some days the water was fantastic & other days taking a shower was a trial because of the smell! You might want to look into a whole-house water filter. Even Kool-Aid deserves good water.


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Old 02-22-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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i usually will buy spring water to brew with, makes it a bit more expensive (not much), but worth it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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yeah our water here in Milwaukee is treated pretty heavily and you can taste it. It tastes horrible. I can't even drink a glass of water out of the tap. I only brew with bottled water. It usually adds an extra $7-8 per 5 gallon batch but for me it's totally worth it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:57 PM   #5
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Wow. That sounds really tough... we have one of the best water in the world here and that must really contribute to good beer
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Wow. That sounds really tough... we have one of the best water in the world here and that must really contribute to good beer
I would hope the water in Iceland is good...its Iceland for gods sake.
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I have yet to try my tap water for brewing. It's tastes like its too chlorinated. The water in my house isn't as bad as it was in the apartment, but it still doesn't taste good. My first three brews I used spring water from the store. For my next brew I'm going to run all my water through the brita filter first and see how that works.
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I get spring water for $35 cents a gallon near me. I go to the bottling plant and they have a place to fill your own bottles. I bring two fermenting buckets and put them under the fawsett.

You guys may have a place near you thats similer.
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I have yet to try my tap water for brewing. It's tastes like its too chlorinated. The water in my house isn't as bad as it was in the apartment, but it still doesn't taste good. My first three brews I used spring water from the store. For my next brew I'm going to run all my water through the brita filter first and see how that works.
Please post and let us know how the brita filter works. I've thought about doing that but have resorted to just buying water from the store.
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I have the PUR filter and I would like to try using the filtered water for beer. Filtering 10 gallons of water will take a wile i'm sure. I'M an all grain guy.


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