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Old 12-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #21
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Yous know dere sport, Natty BOH used to be brewed up dere in Bawlmer, and it was beers from da land of plesant living...its can't be dat bad dere now?
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:34 AM   #22
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Here is a link to the Baltimore City DPW. You can find maps and information that will help you determine where your water is supplied from and where it is processed (needed to find info on water report). Note, that Baltimore provides water to some of the surrounding counties.

Here is a link to what appears to be the most current water report and one for Howard County. This link provides you with the information most relevant to brewing water chemistry, but is a bit dated.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:19 PM   #23
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that's cool dude
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:22 PM   #24
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Yous know dere sport, Natty BOH used to be brewed up dere in Bawlmer, and it was beers from da land of plesant living...its can't be dat bad dere now?
Natty Boh? *cringe* (although, that was the cheap beer of choice at my college, lol!)

It's funny to see so many people from Baltimore with a sense of humor about the city- it's funny, because it's all true

For what it's worth, I live fairly close to Baltimore (Carroll County,) and I used bottled water for my first two batches. I have a batch in bottles now that I topped off with straight tap water, and one fermenting now that I made with PUR filtered water. We'll see how they go. My water is pretty good, but has a bit of sediment in it sometimes.

 
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:38 PM   #25
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I love the BOH's...drink it as my cheap beer....goes great with brats too!
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:07 PM   #26
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I love the BOH's...drink it as my cheap beer....goes great with brats too!
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I'm definitely on board with that. As far as cheap beers I'd drink Natty Boh over all the other commercialized suds out there.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:43 AM   #27
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We use city tap water but filter it first. Baltimore uses chloramine, but I haven't noticed any off flavors from it. I know one of the more beloved Baltimore micros also uses city water.
This may have been true in 2007, but as of February 2013, Baltimore City is using free chlorine as a water disinfectant. This information was provided to me by the drinking water department on the telephone, and it is also stated in the city's water quality report.

 
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #28
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Baltimore City water is great for brewing. They do use chlorine/chloramine so you have to make sure you use camden tablets (potassium metabisulfate). I generally use half a tab crushed up in my 8-10 gallon collected volume of water for my typically all grain batch. I have noticed an improvement in my beer once I started using a filter, but I think that would be experienced from any water source.

The water is slightly soft, so it is great for IPA, Pale Ales, Blondes etc. I have noticed my stouts and malty beers are good but have a slightly 'watery' taste. But I wouldn't consider it an off flavor. My next malty beer I am going to experience with adjusting the water to make it a bit more hard.

Conclusions - 'eff all the naysayers' on balto water. It is consistently ranks as one of the best municipal water sources in the country and it is very good for brewing, slightly soft. And its not crack in the water its the HAIR'RON -- thats what keeps us baltimorians so laid back.

 
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #29
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I'm definitely on board with that. As far as cheap beers I'd drink Natty Boh over all the other commercialized suds out there.
Sorry to break your hearts but BOH hasn't been brewed in Baltimore in decades. I think its brewed in Milwaukee now. Although, because of the regional market I think there has been discussion of reopening a baltimore brewery for boh.

 
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