What kind of water to use for extact brewing, spring/distilled/filtered? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > What kind of water to use for extact brewing, spring/distilled/filtered?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-02-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
Chaddyb
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Minnesota
Posts: 175
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts



I'm wondering what water is best for extract brewing? I've gotten a strange taste out of two of my three batches ive made, and I am trying to eliminate possible causes of contamination, and or off flavors.

I am considering using botled spring or distilled water, because I have well water, and I dont know if that in itself can be a cause of something screwy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 02:11 AM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,214
Liked 7717 Times on 5420 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaddyb View Post
I'm wondering what water is best for extract brewing? I've gotten a strange taste out of two of my three batches ive made, and I am trying to eliminate possible causes of contamination, and or off flavors.

I am considering using botled spring or distilled water, because I have well water, and I dont know if that in itself can be a cause of something screwy.
Yes, the well water can be the cause of something "screwy". Where we live, the water has tons of iron, which causes terrible (blood) tasting beer! I never use well water to brew.

Spring water or distilled water is fine. Whichever is cheaper for you will work.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 02:22 AM   #3
RedHouse
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
NH
Posts: 189

My well water also has high iron...almost 2ppm. I have brewed two extract brews using softened water, and they taste great. I have three AG brews that I brewed using non-softened water. Hope they don't taste like blood!....the non-softened water tastes great though, and it's clear. It's actually the best drinking water we've had in any place we have lived.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 02:38 AM   #4
Johnny_Crunch
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Rosehill TX
Posts: 127
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I have used some really hard water with no problems. I'm pretty sure if it tastes good enough to drink it won't screw up your beer.
__________________
J Crunch

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 04:14 AM   #5
barrooze
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Pearland, TX
Posts: 2,438
Liked 124 Times on 102 Posts


Listen to the Brewstrong Water episodes. I'm sure they cover this.

Brew Strong: Why Adjust Your Water
Brew Strong: Water II - How to Adjust Your Water
Brew Strong: Water III - Adjusting Water to Styles
Brew Strong: Water IV - The Final Answers
__________________
Kegged: BOSON on Rhubarb, Dry-Hopped Sour Brown (ECY01), DIPA, Funky Belgian Table Beer, Breakfast Stout Primary: CYBI Obsidian Stout clone, Citra Dust APA, Hop Dust APA Souring: None On Deck: Oktoberfest-ish Lager On the Horizon: Epic Pale ale clone, Atrial Rubicite clone (ECY20) Updated: 2016/04/09
Untappd: barrooze

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 04:25 AM   #6
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,201
Liked 1658 Times on 1071 Posts


The only way I'd use well water is to run it through a multi-stage RO filter unit. If you rather buy water, I'd use 100% spring for darker beers and 50% spring, 50% distilled for lighter beers.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 11:27 PM   #7
Chaddyb
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Minnesota
Posts: 175
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


My water looks and tastes fine when I drink it, but I have never had it tested, so I dont know what may be lurking in the water. The one batch Ive gotten to turn out was a java stout, and that tastes delicious after a month in the bottle.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 03:18 AM   #8
RedHouse
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
NH
Posts: 189

I've had my water tested, and beside the high iron...it's clean. pH is 7.42, no bacteria, and fairly soft @ 84 mg/l. It's going to have to do for now, and I hope there is no funky off-tastes in my AG brews.

At some point in the future, I may look into adjusting it for brewing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 06:21 AM   #9
sunblock
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Benson NC
Posts: 110

When I was on crappy city water I always used spring water from wal-mart. worked well... I have well water now, it tastes great and makes great beer. Never had it tested but never thought I needed to. I usually throw a gallon of bleach in the well about once a year, just on the recommendation of other homeowners .. we must have a large well because even the day of adding the bleach, it is not detectable in the water.
__________________
Formulating : Below ground IPA
Fermenting: Riley red rye ale 10 gallons
Kegged : McGrittys scotch IPA, Bitter, Dumb Blonde

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 12:12 PM   #10
SteveM
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Philadelphia area
Posts: 1,573
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


I use spring water. The county water here (Delaware County) is perfectly safe but not very good tasting.
__________________
Black Diamond Brewery

Think global, drink local.

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deer Park Spring Water for Extract Brewing dgoldb1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-18-2013 12:20 PM
distilled or spring water? thebamaking Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-12-2009 09:23 PM
Brewing with distilled water? chrishart7 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 10-31-2008 04:58 PM
Filtered water or tap? bbriscoe Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 09-12-2007 01:31 AM
Filtered water oxford brewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-26-2006 03:16 PM


Forum Jump