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Old 01-20-2011, 07:37 PM   #11
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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.
How do you figure? As soon as you boil the water, all the dissolved O2 gets driven off.


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Old 01-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #12
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How do you figure? As soon as you boil the water, all the dissolved O2 gets driven off.
This confused me as well. Unless you are using the tap water for top-up water?


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Old 01-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #13
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This confused me as well. Unless you are using the tap water for top-up water?
Precisely. I only do a partial boil, and add tap water to bring the volume up. I don't have to worry about flat bottled water, and have never had an issue with infection.
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Precisely. I only do a partial boil, and add tap water to bring the volume up. I don't have to worry about flat bottled water, and have never had an issue with infection.
Ah, gotcha. But that depends on your water supply. I live half the time in New York City (where I don't bother to boil tap water) and half the time in Kathmandu (where the water has cholera in it). Not that most water supplies are that bad, but I've definitely lived in places in the US too where I wouldn't assume the water to be usable without boiling.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:38 PM   #15
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It all depends on your tap water.
This. I can't stand my tap water (won't drink it without putting it through a Brita filter since it smells like a swimming pool). Rather than filtering 6 gallons of tap water, I find it easier to spend 5 bucks on spring water at the grocery store.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:18 PM   #16
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My beer was extremely astringent until I switched to spring water. 5 dollars a batch is well worth it.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:45 PM   #17
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If you can drink and like your tap water it is more than fine.

I prefer to use gallon jugs of spring water for a number of reasons including those posted.

Distilled water is not a good choice as it has absolutely no minerals in it and is, therefore, essentially tasteless. Water being 90+ percent (or more, guessing) of your brew, distilled water would cause a significant loss of taste, body, etc. I believe I've read this somewhere.

You'd not want this for an IPA for instance, unless you are doing your own water chemistry. Using distilled, you can start from scratch and add in specific amounts of minerals to match the water qualities of specific regions. The Burton on Trent area (Bass, etc.) has a high mineral content and thus, Burton Salts can be added.

Just an opinion.

EDIT: I am curious to hear how Connman's distilled water brews came out.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:15 AM   #18
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Distilled water is fine unless you are doing all grain. I do see your point about hop utilization but you can always alter distilled water to your liking with salts.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:56 AM   #19
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It's awesome to hear everyones opinions, theory and facts
You know us California people drink bottled water I actually filter all my water before drinking it. My coconut porter was pretty dam good and never had a bad batch yet!

My next batch is an IPA so i might try using tap or spring water as woodstone suggests. My porter was great but tasted a tad thin. I followed the directions to the Tee, maybe it was due to topping off the wort with the 1.5 gallons? Maybe it was the distilled water?
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:40 PM   #20
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Bottled when I'm in the city (current location). When I lived on well water, I used that. Last year I used city water from the tap and all my beers were poor. Not entirely blaming the water, but it couldn't have helped. Kyle


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