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Old 03-30-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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All -

There is an artesian well that has fresh water and a hand pump... unlimited free artesian water - that is 2 minutes from my house.

I am considering using it for my batch of Pliny the Elder this weekend.

Am I crazy?

What should I consider before I do this? Tests? Etc?

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Old 03-30-2010, 09:10 PM   #2
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Do you drink from it?



 
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:11 PM   #3
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People are up there all the time filling jugs of water to take home and drink.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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Without sending it to ward labs - is there certain things I can do or look for (smell for) etc to be sure (or reasonably sure) its a go to use?

Is there any general problems that come from artesian well water?

I know this is probably not something that TONS of people are familiar with so I am hoping to get any help that I can
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:43 PM   #5
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If people drink it, personally I would try it. I have no insight as to it's makeup or effect on brewing however, I have never tested our water and don't see a need to.

A side note, if you have to pump it, it is not strictly artesian.
Another side note, Olympia beer used to claim the use of artesian water for brewing.

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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The entire city of memphis gets its water from an artesian aquifer beneath the city. Its great water.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:27 PM   #7
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My brewing buddy uses a spring here that a local VFW owns and gave him permission to use. He doesn't treat it at all.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:47 PM   #8
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If it tastes good to drink without any treatment, try it!

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:26 AM   #9
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dude, what a coincidence. I have an artesian well 4 minutes from my place. I brewed with it for this first time this weekend. I tasted the water on the way home from work the other day and it tastes great. there were people there filling up those big water cooler jugs. I brewed my american brown and and apa and I'm stoked to see how it turns out. I've already done those beers with store bought spring water so I should be able to tell if there's a discernable difference. I didn't treat it, fyi. go for it bro

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:44 AM   #10
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dude, what a coincidence. I have an artesian well 4 minutes from my place. I brewed with it for this first time this weekend. I tasted the water on the way home from work the other day and it tastes great. there were people there filling up those big water cooler jugs. I brewed my american brown and and apa and I'm stoked to see how it turns out. I've already done those beers with store bought spring water so I should be able to tell if there's a discernable difference. I didn't treat it, fyi. go for it bro
Be sure to keep us up to date and I will do the same


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