Maybe a stupid question - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Maybe a stupid question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-30-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
nsean
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Waterloo
Posts: 47
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



So this might be a stupid question. But last Saturday I pre-boiled my water because I was planning on brewing the next day, and put it in my fermenter. Well things did not work out, and I won't be able to brew until tomorrow. Should I re-sanitize the bucket and re-boil water, or should everything be fine.

My gut tells me everything should be fine, but I just want to confirm.

Thanks;

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
Nateo
 
Nateo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Bennett Springs, MO
Posts: 2,050
Liked 39 Times on 30 Posts


If it's been sealed the whole time, you're probably fine. If it's been just an open bucket the whole time, I'd re-boil. If it were me, I'd probably reboil just to be safe, but I'm pretty particular (anal) about that sort of thing.
__________________
To paraphrase Dr. England - "Off-flavors smooth with time. So do mountains. Brew it right from the start!"

My blogsite: http://nateobrew.blogspot.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,562
Liked 271 Times on 209 Posts


Is this your brewing water or your top off water? If it's the boil water and has been covered I guess you could reuse it, you would be boiling it again after all. If it's your top off water.. well, I probably wouldn't risk it.
__________________
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 11:14 PM   #4
mosquitocontrol
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Denver, CO
Posts: 1,082
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


I think its fine. You don't need to boil top off water in the first place. And if you did and its been covered the entire time then you are fine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,562
Liked 271 Times on 209 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mosquitocontrol View Post
You don't need to boil top off water in the first place.
Well, I would say that kind of depends on the source of your top off water.
__________________
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2010, 12:29 AM   #6
nsean
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Waterloo
Posts: 47
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Yes its top off water. I have always been told to boil my top off since I use tap water.

I think I will do it anyways, since it is a pretty painless process to do really.

Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2010, 06:01 AM   #7
goodwood
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
aurora, il, il
Posts: 151
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


boil it. we are thinking of getting a water filter to prevent this. we currently buy water. which sucks. good luck!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2010, 01:04 PM   #8
FredC
Recipes 
 
Sep 2010
Kentucky
Posts: 10

I am brand new to home brewing so you will have to take my comments with that in mind.

It seems to me since it is brewing water, I assume it will be heated for the mash and then sent to the boil kettle to boil another 1 to 2 hours.

Wouldn't the boil kettle operation sterilize it?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2010, 01:27 PM   #9
ian-atx
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
austin
Posts: 135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Lots of extract brewers are limited to using the kitchen stove or a kettle that can't boil the entire 5-7 gallons of liquid needed for a full boil. So they do a partial boil, say 3 gallons, and then when cooled, top it off with water in the fermenter to reach target volume and gravity.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #10
FredC
Recipes 
 
Sep 2010
Kentucky
Posts: 10

That makes sense. Just shows how green I really am with home brewing. Thanks.

Fred

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Possible stupid question the_mox Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 01-29-2010 06:23 PM
Stupid Question LILJONNYWV Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-19-2010 02:34 AM
Stupid Noob with a Stupid Question asbd2c Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-26-2009 09:56 PM
Stupid question rbone Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-01-2008 02:06 AM
Stupid question. Stupid answers? sudsmonkey Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 25 12-09-2005 04:37 PM


Forum Jump