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Old 03-14-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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This is a pretty basic questions but does everyone boil their brew water? Of course the wort water is boiled but does everyone brew the other few gallons that go in the carboy? I have been using bottled water.

Did I miss something pretty basic here?

 
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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I don't, I have a well and like my water so I use it as is. Then again I have it tested every other year for bad stuff.

 
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:50 PM   #3
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When I did extract brewing, I never boiled my top off water. But I have very good city water without much chlorine and no chloramines. Boiling does drive off chlorine, as well as other possible bacteria and nasties. I never felt it was necessary, though.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:25 PM   #4
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I've been using filtered tap water for years...no boiling...
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:22 PM   #5
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its a good idea to boil, because then you KNOW its sanitary.

usually bottled water is good to go, and really using tap water is a reasonably safe thing to do. it does increase risk of infection, but its by no means a guarantee to screw up your beer.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:08 PM   #6
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I use reverse Osmosis water that I make at home. I then add a small amount of sea salt to the water to balance out the minerals. remember the better the water the better the beer
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:32 PM   #7
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I've been using distilled water. Should I be adding salts to it? I keep African Ciclids(fish that require hard high ph water) so I have lots of gh and kh buffers that i could add. Suggestions?

 
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:36 PM   #8
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if it's bottled, it's fine. if it's tapwater and it's top-off (read:. not boiled w/ wort) I'll boil it first.
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:31 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew
When I did extract brewing, I never boiled my top off water. But I have very good city water without much chlorine and no chloramines. Boiling does drive off chlorine, as well as other possible bacteria and nasties. I never felt it was necessary, though.

+1. Staight out of the tap. But I have a well.
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:43 AM   #10
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First I always used bottled water for everything, then realized cost sucked... So I went to Tap water, w/o boiling top off water. Then I had this same question so my last batch I boiled my top off water...

But since I don't use a chiller this was a hastle, so until I get a chiller, I plan on boiling the top off water the night before a brew, stick it in the fridge with th top on and use my other big pot to do my brew. But I will have a chiller withing the next brew or two. So I think I will continue to boil the top off, just to insure everything okay.
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