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Old 01-19-2011, 04:30 AM   #1
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I have always used distilled or spring water to brew my beer. Anyone using tap water? What are advantages/disadvantages you have found? Chlorine, PH etc...

Do you think i'm wasting money buying water for my gold?

I prefer to do a full boil because it seems like the beer is missing something when i use 3.5 gallons. Is this my imagination. Most kits recommend something like 3.5 gallon boil and adding the rest after chilling the wort. -Cheers

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:43 AM   #2
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Bottled water has fewer guidelines to follow than municpalities so as far as drinking tap is safer but if you boil then you pretty much kill everything in the water so as far as bacteria goes either is fine but I have always heard that if you like the taste of your tap water then you will like it in your beer

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:50 AM   #3
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Depends on your tap water, but packman's advice about liking to drink it is a good guideline. In NYC, I use the tap water. In my other hometown where we're on a nasty well, I buy bottled water.

Seems like full vs. partial boil is a popular theme this week. I think there are at least three or four other threads, so I'm not going to repeat everything here. The short answer, though, is that you should do what your recipe tells you, because the recipe designers made their calculations about hops and color assuming that you'd follow their instructions.

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I will have to search those related threads. Makes sense about following the kit instructions.

 
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:49 PM   #5
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I have used straight tap water, filtered tap water, well water and spring water. It seems that the more I move to the right in my first sentence the better my beers get! Of course, maybe I'm getting more careful and smarter as I go. Ok, so it's more the former than the latter!!

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:38 PM   #6
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It all depends on your tap water. Mine started smelling like bleach about a month ago and I switched to bottled water. I know I can boil to get the chlorine out but the sudden shift bothered me.

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:40 AM   #7
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It's possible that the bleach/chlorine smell is due to the increased amount of salt used on roadways. I use tap water for my brews and have been fine. When I can, I will fill my kettle 24 hrs in advance and give it a vigorous stirring to help get rid of chlorine.

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:41 AM   #8
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FWIW, I'm a newbie, and the way I look at it is that by using spring water instead of tap water, I'm eliminating a variable as I try a few different recipes to learn about how the different extracts and different hops produce different flavors.

Using store brand spring water bought in 2.5 gallon containers costs me about $5 per 5 gallon batch, so I consider that a negligible expense....

Hope this helps you.......

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:42 AM   #9
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I had my tap water tested by Ward Labs. It's cheap and fast.

Turns out I have fantastic tap water for brewing. I fill my HLT right from the hose And I think I make some mighty fine brews, if I do say so myself.

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #10
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I think the major advantage to using tap water is the O2 content. The aerator on the tap is a handy tool IMO.

 
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