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Old 05-25-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Ok, I am sure someone here can direct me to thread about this, I did a search and could not find anything.

I have been using bottles water, but was wondering if anyone if filtering their own water and if so what are you using? Also, is there anything I should watching for in our local water that will give me problems?

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Old 05-25-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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Many people filter there own water. Most use a home water filter(HD or Lowes) with a carbon filter. These filters do a pretty good job on taste, odor and chlorine, but not on chloramine. To use the filter properly the flow must be slow. The carbon absorbs the chlorine and doesn't actually filter it. There are some carbon filters that remove chloramine but they can cost 3 times as much as the standard 10" carbon cartridge. After use you should remove the cartridge and dry it out to get maximum life and prevent mold or bacteria growth.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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A Brita or Pur on-tap filter can get you some benefit as well. I only use water that heads through my brita, and then I've started using campden tablets (or sodium metabisulfate) to my water before I mash. The campden tablet/metabisulfate actually removes chloramine, so that puts it as close to pure as I can get without going Reverse Osmosis.

Remember, many studies show that bottled water is sometimes just the local tap water that has been filtered a little bit. Unless it says "Reverse Osmosis" or "Distilled", you're not necessarily getting any benefit over running your own tap water. Assuming you're not on a well, that is. If you are on a well, have you had a chemical analysis done of your well to see what your numbers look like? You could be sitting on a Burton-on-Trent-style gold mine!
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:08 PM   #4
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I had the same questions so I visited my local brew store. I was told that our water straight from the tap is perfect (Salt Lake City, Utah) for brewing with the exception of the chlorine. To solve the chlorine problem let your water sit for 24 hours before brewing. I did try bottled water as a test and my tap water that sat over night did give me a better tasting beer.

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Old 05-26-2009, 12:13 AM   #5
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I use an Omni fgilter that I bought at Wal-Mart and so far so good.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:53 AM   #6
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Also, keep in mind a simple carbon filter doesn't change water chemistry with regards to hardness & alkalinity, nor mportant, "water profile target" ions like Ca, SO4, Cl, Mg, etc., if that's the route you're going to go down.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:21 PM   #7
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I second the use of a carbon filter. I use one of the filters that attaches to your kitchen sink and my beer has tasted better since then. I was under the impression that activated carbon filters will remove chlorine and chloramine.

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Old 05-26-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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Filtering is a good idea but you really have to run the water through at almost a faint trickle for them to get chlorine and/or chloramine out. Adding a crushed campden tablet to the collected water (up to 20 gallons) is cheap insurance.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:30 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
Filtering is a good idea but you really have to run the water through at almost a faint trickle for them to get chlorine and/or chloramine out. Adding a crushed campden tablet to the collected water (up to 20 gallons) is cheap insurance.

i think heard somewhere around 3/4g per minute or less would pretty much remove the chloramine and chlorine. not sure if thats true or not, but i have mine setup so it flows just a tad less than 3/4g per minute.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:21 PM   #10
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Here is a link to my Water Filter Thread Everything you need to know to make a portable water filter setup. This will remove sediment, iron and chlorine flavors from your tap water, but as already stated, it will not change your water chemistry or remove chloramine.

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