Tap Water - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Tap Water

Thread Tools
Old 12-08-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
May 2010
Posts: 299
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

What is the general consensus on using tap vs bottled water. I know the preference seems to be spring vs distilled since spring still has some nutrients in it.

The water we have here works just fine for brewing and does not seem to have a heavy chlorine content so I was wondering if it would be acceptable to use. Thanks!

Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
Jan 2010
Posts: 1,034
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts

If the tap water tastes good, there's no reason you can't use it.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2010, 02:13 AM   #3
MeadWitch's Avatar
Jul 2010
Just South of Weird, Texas
Posts: 312
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

+1 I agree, all though I do live in a town that the water is disgusting. It leaves white junk on the glasses and cups, I have to use fabric softener or the clothes are rough. Now if I lived in Austin, I would hesitate to use the city water, except when the algae is in bloom (Austin uses river water that has been treated). If it works for brewing, I cannot see any reason not to use it in mead.
Primary: Cider House Rules Cider

Tertiary: Sweet Dried Cherry/Vanilla Mead, Prickly Pear Mead, Jalapeno-Peach Sweet Mead

Bottled: Huajillo Honey Mead - 4 bottles only, first ever mead, Light Draft Style Cider, Raspberry Mead, Hibiscus Mead, JAOM, Peach Melba Mead, Limoncello, Kahlua, Spiced Winter Cider, Orange/Vanilla Mead

Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2010, 12:46 AM   #4
fatbloke's Avatar
Dec 2006
UK - South Coast.
Posts: 2,698
Liked 182 Times on 167 Posts

Medsen and MeadWitch are spot on IMO.

Yes, spring water, like tap water, will have some nutrient still in it. But if you're relying on the retained nutrients to feed the yeast then you're gonna be waiting a long time.

As medsen said, if it tastes ok then go for it. At worst, you might obtain some reverse osmosis water or get a reverse osmosis filter (not cheap). Then the only nutrients the yeast will get are the ones you put in. So you have greater control over all, while the actual differences will probably be minimal.


"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.

Oh, and here's some blog stuff!

Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2010, 05:33 AM   #5
Sep 2010
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 1,171
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts

Whichever the water, there's always things you can add to adjust it to what you need/want. More or less calcium, ph, etc. It only comes down to which one needs the least adjusting to get to where you want. Tap water, depending on your town, would likely do pretty well. For instance, if I were MeadWitch, I'd probably just use large jugs of storebought water rather than mess with the water deposits. I don't think I'd want to use Austin water now either. Course, ours over in my area probably isn't that much different. From a river and treated with stuff. I know a person who gets a reaction to the water from this town, but is fine with the water in his town, so when I get more mead/beer practice and have a recipe I know I want to use, I'll use a bottled water so that he'd be able to drink it.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water it down? thataintchicken Mead Forum 8 05-15-2009 06:35 AM
Pre-boil the water? Mencken Mead Forum 11 04-23-2009 06:26 PM
can i add water? stinkiestbink Mead Forum 7 01-08-2008 01:37 PM
bad water / good water VermontFreedom Mead Forum 2 10-01-2006 08:58 PM
Amount of water Cregar Mead Forum 5 09-10-2006 09:11 PM

Forum Jump