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Old 04-11-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default How important is water for good beer? on a scale....

On a scale of one to ten
Ten being must be perfect
one being eff it....

Ok with me being a new all grain brewer I don't get all the water hype...
I live in a condo so I brew every where but home.... so I obviously can't have water reports for all the towns I brew in.....

What are some of the ill effects of water around 7.0ph.
(Honestly Idk if the higher the # means more acidic or less)

I have done 4 ag batches and drank 2 so far
I achieved my OG with in a few points each time

Are there any other experienced brewers out there that just go with the flow. Just add water and mash?


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Just for the record I have never measured pH or acquired a water report for my area and I have never had any problems with any of my beers (extract or all grain)... except for the one that sat in a leaky keg for three months in the basement. That one tasted like cardboard and found the bottom of a drain rather quickly. Cheers.


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Old 04-12-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
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On a scale of one to ten
Ten being must be perfect
one being eff it....

Ok with me being a new all grain brewer I don't get all the water hype...
I live in a condo so I brew every where but home.... so I obviously can't have water reports for all the towns I brew in.....

What are some of the ill effects of water around 7.0ph.
(Honestly Idk if the higher the # means more acidic or less)

I have done 4 ag batches and drank 2 so far
I achieved my OG with in a few points each time

Are there any other experienced brewers out there that just go with the flow. Just add water and mash?
The issue with the stuff out of the tap is mainly chloramine and chlorine. It can seriously affect the taste of the beer.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:11 AM   #5
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The issue with the stuff out of the tap is mainly chloramine and chlorine. It can seriously affect the taste of the beer.
So is there some thing that could just take care of that issue?
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Just for the record I have never measured pH or acquired a water report for my area and I have never had any problems with any of my beers (extract or all grain)... except for the one that sat in a leaky keg for three months in the basement. That one tasted like cardboard and found the bottom of a drain rather quickly. Cheers.
So that would be a 1. Eff it
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If your water tastes good brew with it, just be aware of the chlorine content of the water. Mine still sucks when it's filtered and I've moved to using RO with salts.
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If your water tastes good brew with it, just be aware of the chlorine content of the water. Mine still sucks when it's filtered and I've moved to using RO with salts.
I would agree with this unlesss you shooting for something with a specific water profile. One easy thing you can do if using tap water Is to let your water sit for a day or two before using. This will at least let the chlorine dissapate, although I don't think chloramine will. Probably better than using right out of tap.
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So is there some thing that could just take care of that issue?
Use bottled.. I think there are tablets you can use though.
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I would agree with this unlesss you shooting for something with a specific water profile. One easy thing you can do if using tap water Is to let your water sit for a day or two before using. This will at least let the chlorine dissapate, although I don't think chloramine will. Probably better than using right out of tap.
You need to filter or hit it with campden tablets to get rid of chloramine.


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