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Old 06-14-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Spring Water vs Distilled Water

I'm brewing my first batch of beer (extract kit) this weekend and want to use either spring or distilled water. Are there any differences between the two when it comes to Home Brewing? If so, would you recommend using one over the other?
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:20 PM   #2
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Too be honest, I don't know of any differences, but I've been using spring water since I've started getting serious about brewing and have had no problems.
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FYI: Spring water is generally used for re-hydration, cooking, and beverage making. It may be more expensive than other forms of bottled water, but the taste of natural spring water is said to be superior to standard tap or drinking water, which may be distilled water enhanced with minerals. Spring water is rarely used in household applications such as steaming or sanitizing because the natural minerals are not removed during the bottling process. Spring water has simply been extracted from an underground source which has not reached the surface before bottling takes place.
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Dont use distilled water to brew, mineral content is your friend
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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Dont use distilled water to brew, mineral content is your friend
Yes, maybe so but with extract it really doesn't matter. If you don't have a good inexpensive source for spring water, then reverse osmosis water or distilled water would be fine.
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By brewing an Extract kit , you can use distilled water , since the Extract itself brings all the Minerals you need for brewing .

You can also use spring water , but you should take care of bicarbonates , since high levels of bicarbonates lead to

harsh after tastes in the Beer which is brewed with Extract .

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By brewing an Extract kit , you can use distilled water , since the Extract itself brings all the Minerals you need for brewing .
It's only really when you go all grain or partial mash that you need to worry about mineral content in the water, and usually as long as the water tastes good you're probably alright.
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I've used both with extract and mini mash and I prefer spring water.
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Spring water tastes a lot better than distilled water. Great for brewing purposes.
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I brew all-grain. With distilled water. It allows me to make my water whatever I want. Calcium is really the only mineral that isn't sufficiently present in the grain, so for almost all beers I add a bit of calcium chloride to the water, which I'd probably do for taste reasons anyways, and really costs next to nothing per batch.
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