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Old 02-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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I don't like the taste of my tap water, so I plan on using a couple gallons of bottled water for my beers. Is there anything that I should know about the water profiles of the waters I should use? Also, is there anything that should be added.

FYI-I'll be boiling 2.5 gallons and adding the other 2.5 gallons of cold water to my primary fermenter.

 
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:40 PM   #2
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If your tap water has a chlorine taste that you don't like you could boil the water to remove it. Then use that for your top off water. That's one option.

If you get bottled water that works fine too. Some people will say you should boil it but I've never had an infection and I've never boiled my tap water or bottled water. You can also chill your top-off water to help cool down your wort when you mix it.

No need to add anything. Just dump it in.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:10 PM   #3
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If you're using bottled water, use spring water and never distilled water.

 
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:46 PM   #4
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If you are doing an extract batch, any bottled water will work. If all-grain, you need spring water.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:23 PM   #5
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Good to know. Are there any additives I should be watching out for on the labels of the bottled water?

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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Agreed with all the above. Use bottled spring water.
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:43 PM   #7
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Unless , of course, you are going advanced all-grain and you feel like messing with water profiles using various additions - chalk, gypsum, etc. See the -TH - spreadsheet thread. Then, you could use distilled/RO water.

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:02 PM   #8
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I would actually recommend 1/2 spring water and 1/2 distilled especially if you're going for a delicate lighter beer. You don't really need to compound the minerals in the extract with the minerals in spring water.
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:03 AM   #9
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This will be my first brew in about 10 years. Didn't know what I was doing then. Only have half a clue now. (But looking to learn more). Just about the only thing I can say for sure is that I'm not a fan of the taste of the stuff that comes out of the kitchen sink. So, in other words...No. I'm not going all grain or crazy about creating some style of water from a country/city half way around the world. Just want to make a good beer this time around.

Also, I will be making NB's Honey Koelsch extract kit. A few weeks from now I'll be making a NB Belgian Dubbel extract kit that a friend wants to try. Bobby M, does it matter which water gets boiled for the lighter beer (Koelsch)? Would you advise using the same method for the Dubbel?

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:31 AM   #10
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glad to see someone else brought this up recently. i HATE the taste of my tapwater. did my first batch a couple weeks ago using the water that comes from my sink...and before i even finished fermenting, i was kicking myself for not spending 5 bucks on a few gallons of spring water...

i presume it does matter, right? i mean, that's why New York pizza and bagels are the best in the world, and that's just dough. (and before you Chicago people chime in, NYC pizza and bagels ARE the best in the world...confirmed!)

 
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