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Old 04-30-2010, 10:04 AM   #21
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Hey -

Yeah the water tastes very, very good. It is tested often by the city. Anytime I am there, I run into 3-4 people that are stocking up on it and have been drinking it for years and years.

I made the pliny clone with it 4 weeks or so ago and its just into the bottles now. I tasted at transfer and tasted great. Well see how it works out in the long run.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:20 AM   #22
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mate you are doing the right thing by giving that a go. The used to brew beer because the water was unsafe to drink basically. That and it just plain cool to have water thats not from a tap or bottle

 
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:33 PM   #23
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I also think it gives it some hometown connection. We don't have Indiana hops (aside from home grown), Indiana malts, etc. so I thought it was a cool way to say this is a real Indiana beer. Tap water tastes like tap water most anywhere. Little more character, you know?

 
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:05 PM   #24
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yeah mate I fully understand. it just gives the beer a story and as you say a hometown connection. You can always say, "I bring in the finest ingredients from all four corners of the earth and mix it with pure local water to create Indiana's greatest brew..." or something along those lines

 
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:45 PM   #25
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I just have to take a 5min drive to my parents house and fill a few containers from their well water. EXCELLENT water. Screw city water for big batches. Mr Beer didn't suffer from city water, however I will use some nice well water for 5 gal batches.
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:26 PM   #26
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My water is pumped from the Florida aquifer, same one that Coca Cola get their Dasani bottled water from. Plant is 3 miles from my house! They also bottle under 42 other brand names including Publix. Local well driller says our local water is some of the best in the state.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:17 PM   #27
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The quality of water can't be assessed by saying "city," "well," "artesian," "spring" or any other simple one-word descriptor. Only a comprehensive test can determine the quality of the water. Easy to test for minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, sulfur. Harder to test for microorganisms. Far more difficult to test for complex organic molecules like pesticides or herbicides.
Our "shallow" well (about 90 feet, pump at 65 feet) has good, perfectly drinkable water. However, it's loaded with calcium and iron, so it's no good for things like some cooking, coffee, and certainly not brewing. I employ the RO (reverse osmosis) water from the machine at the grocery store, and have very good results with my beer.

Fresh water is the crisis that will come to completely eclipse oil, and soon.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:05 PM   #28
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I drank 2 pints of each beer last night. Great stuff. like I said in an earlier post, tastes like their spring water counterparts but with more flavor and more body. I'm very happy with it. Not saying this is super water or anything but,
A: It's FREE
B: I like it
I used it to brew my IIPA on saturday and will brewing a hefe with it this weekend. Curious to see how it works with the different styles. I've got a porter, stout, and roggenbier on deck so we'll see how they go.

 
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:39 AM   #29
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I have an artesian well that came with my property. When I bought the property 4 years ago, when the plumber was fixing a pump, he measured the natural pressure coming off of the well and it was at 20 pounds. Sometimes when electricity goes out, we still have running water in the house, which is kind of cool.

Anyways, I have been brewing now here for 3 years (first started with extracts and now only do grain), and all my beers comes out fantastic. There are no chemicals in this type of water (no chlorine/flourine/whatever else they put in there). I drink it also and never had any problems, it does go through a filter system in the pump house.

It definitely makes the beer not just good, but great! A lot of my friends who also brew, just use city water and its not the same, they come and get free water from my well.

Do a small 5 gallon test batch and see :- )

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Old 11-24-2014, 05:59 PM   #30
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jalgayer, how did this go... realize this is a pretty old thread, but i dont live far away and i actually grew up right down the road from this well. I remember as a kid riding our bikes to the well and this water always tasted great, very refreshing.

 
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