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Old 05-06-2013, 05:01 AM   #1
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Hey hi,
I'd like to know what kind of water you use : tap water, bottled water or sap water?
And what would be the effect of using one or the other?


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Old 05-06-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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My tap water sux... local mkt sells arrowhead spring water $1 a gal with a coupon on the bottle for a $1 off if you buy 4 I buy 8-10 at a time so I've been doing that my last 5-6 brew sessions


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Old 05-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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I use RO and its made a huge difference to my beer
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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If I remember to start ahead, I use my own filtered water. If not, and that is usually because it takes 8 hours to get 2.5 gallons, I use "drinking water" from the grocery store.. It has some minerals added to it, that are usually good for beer. I find "spring water" sometimes is too pure, or void of minerals. I feel if it doesn't really taste great (too pure), it doesn't make the best beer either.
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I use RO water, available at a local grocery for $ 0.39 / gallon. It's cheap enough, and they have two machines in tandem (so I can fill two 5 gal. containers simultaneously in about 2 minutes). We live in a rural area, and our well water is far too high in dissolved iron and calcium to brew with. I investigated various types of RO equipment for the home, and concluded I didn't want to mess with it. The main problem is that most home RO equipment wastes quite a bit of water, actually more than it produces. I'm not prepared to put that kind of load on the well.

Well......since we're getting into water amendments, yeah, I started treating the RO water, for most beers with 1 tsp. CaCl2 and 1 tsp. gypsum per 5 gal. batch.
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I use various combinations of my very hard tap water (Carbon Filtered) and R.O. water from the store (.39/gallon cent refill). Depending on style I use various ratios of each and additions as determined by Bru'n water.

The reason is to control Mash pH when using different grains (More pale malts = more RO water, More roast malt = more tap water basically). The effect is better beer. Different folks will have different issues depending on their local water supply. My issue is very high bicarbonate levels that are ok for dark beers, but disaster for lighter beers, hoppy IPA's, etc.
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I've been using unfiltered tap water since day one without any issues.
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I've been going to Artisan Springs for local spring water @ 10c per gallon. Works great with everything from AE to PM.
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I use ro and build it using Kaiser's water calculator on brewer's friend to get the right pH and mineral content for the style I'm brewing. But I would suggest not adding anything to your beer until you know why you're adding it!
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I use half tap and half RO.


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