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Old 09-21-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
Jul 2009
Hattiesburg, MS
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i was reading on the extract brewing board the other day about using distilled water with extracts because the extract all ready has all the nutrients and using anything but distilled water will give it a double water profile. i do remember however reading that you should never use distilled water, but that may apply only to all grain. what are your thoughts? will it be better to use distilled water or spring water on my next batch of extract beer?

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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The basic rule that I go by is "try it out and see how it tastes." If distilled water gives you a good beer, then use it. Same for spring water or tap water. I use bottled spring water myself, and I'm happy with it - I like how it tastes, and I like the beer I get with it. But there are people who like how their beers come out using distilled.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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I'm fortunate to live in an area with excellent tap water, so that's what I use. To echo what SteveM said, i tried it, I liked it, and I've stuck with it!

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:10 PM   #4
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There's a side by side experiment between tap water and distilled water going on in this thread...

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