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Old 05-24-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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I am curious what people think about using bottled water as a quick way to finish up a partial boil. I have been boiling 3 gallons, letting cool, and then adding to my finished wort but it adds time to my process.

If you are using bottled water, what about distilled? What is the best to use and what method?
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:00 PM   #2
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I am curious what people think about using bottled water as a quick way to finish up a partial boil. I have been boiling 3 gallons, letting cool, and then adding to my finished wort but it adds time to my process.

If you are using bottled water, what about distilled? What is the best to use and what method?
I use bottled spring water from the store if I need to top off. You know, Kroger or Giant brand, $0.89/gal. For two reasons: first, no need to boil for sanitation, and second, since it's unboiled, it's got lots of oxygen still in it, meaning I don't need to aerate the wort as much. Once you boil the water, you've removed much of the oxygen. I wouldn't use distilled for that very same reason.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:45 PM   #3
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I even boil bottled water. Am I being paranoid? Maybe, but I have yet to have a spoiled batch.

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Old 05-25-2007, 12:01 AM   #4
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I take it out of the faucet through a PUR filter and place it in the freezer for 4-5 hours to cool my wort.

I only boil 1.5 gal batches. I never boil my top off water.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:29 AM   #5
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3 very different answers so far. I know that certain state laws allow the bottling of tap water for resale as "Bottled Water" This is virtually the same thing I am doing now. I would like to be able to verify the filter process somehow. A PUR filter is a good idea.
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #6
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I use grocery store spring water as well, for the partial boil and topping off as well.

AZ tap water is horrid.

 
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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When I did partial boils I would always top off with bottled spring water. I never had a problem that I attributed to the water.

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Old 05-25-2007, 04:28 PM   #8
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When I did partial boils I would always top off with bottled spring water. I never had a problem that I attributed to the water.

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Likewise.

I would also cool the top off water to just about freezing so I could use it to rapidly cool my wort.

 
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:32 PM   #9
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I use the tap for the partial boil, and chilled bottled spring water as well. I've heard that using distilled water will lead to a flat or bland tasting beers--you need some of those minerals for the goodness (though if you add gypsum that might make up for it).

 
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Old 05-25-2007, 06:17 PM   #10
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I use bottled water to top off without boiling (Monadnock Spring) and have not yet had any problems. My main reason for not boiling it is that I want to get as much dissolved O2 in there as possible.
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