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Old 02-23-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default So I need about 20+ gallons of water.

So I am brewing a couple of big batches of beer. I need about 20 gallons of water. Problem is that water is a lil bit expensive when buying spring water at 1.25 a bottle.

I do however have a 8 stage Reverse Osmosis / De-ionize water purifing filter. I make water at zero tds. I can produce 80 gallons per day of Very pure water. Is there something I can add to that water to reconstitute into "spring like water"?


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Old 02-23-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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What kind of beer are you making? You can just work up a water profile and add stuff as appropriate to get the profile you want.


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Old 02-23-2011, 09:11 PM   #3
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Is your tap water that bad?
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You might want to check out this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/bre...primer-198460/
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #5
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Get 1 or 2 5 gallon culligan bottles from wal-mart. The bottle is around 10, and the water is at $0.33 per gallon. Tastes great, but they suck to lug up 2 flights of stairs. And No, I wouldn't suggest trying them out as carboys.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #6
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I am brewing a blue moon clone. And a strawberry ale. Using 2 row and white wheat.

No I don't trust my water. I live in NOLA. So I am down river from the Mississippi. All your poop in the north comes down here.
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I buy the RO (reverse osmosis) water at the grocery store for 39 cents a gallon. Our home well water has a ton of dissolved iron and calcium, making it unsuitable for brewing. I won't own a RO unit of my own, because I won't waste the amount of water that is inherent in operating any RO unit. I tote it around in 5 gal. Coleman plastic containers. The Coleman is durable and has a handle that makes it easy to carry. I have been brewing 3 years, and have always had good luck with RO water. There's a certain amount of nonsensical opinion floating around the homebrew forums that states that RO water is unsuitable for brewing. It works fine for me, and if I'm doing a style that requires additions, e.g., Burton salts for an ESB, well, then, I just add it......
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I am brewing a blue moon clone. And a strawberry ale. Using 2 row and white wheat.

No I don't trust my water. I live in NOLA. So I am down river from the Mississippi. All your poop in the north comes down here.
Yeah, I probably wouldn't either.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:34 PM   #9
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I buy the RO (reverse osmosis) water at the grocery store for 39 cents a gallon. Our home well water has a ton of dissolved iron and calcium, making it unsuitable for brewing. I won't own a RO unit of my own, because I won't waste the amount of water that is inherent in operating any RO unit. I tote it around in 5 gal. Coleman plastic containers. The Coleman is durable and has a handle that makes it easy to carry. I have been brewing 3 years, and have always had good luck with RO water. There's a certain amount of nonsensical opinion floating around the homebrew forums that states that RO water is unsuitable for brewing. It works fine for me, and if I'm doing a style that requires additions, e.g., Burton salts for an ESB, well, then, I just add it......
Right. I heard that RO is not good for beers for there lack of minerals. I am thinking about just pulling off the RO unit and running it through the carbon. I can keep the lead and heavy metals out and minerals in.

Anyone rejects that?
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #10
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could try filtering it, a tap filter could come in handy...


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