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Old 05-24-2008, 05:41 AM   #1
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I was just reading the "Brewing Classic Styles", Zainasheff/Palmer book and they have a paragraph in there about using Campden tablets to clear your water of chlorine. I had never heard of this and wonder if any of you have heard of it and are doing it? If so, are you getting good results?

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Yep, works great. One tablet will treat about 20 gals of water. It removes both free chlorine and chloramine.

Just be sure to crush it up good and stir well to get it mixed in.


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So you are actually using this, I think I'll give it a try on my next brew. Thanks.
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I've never done it personally but know some great brewers who do with good results. I say go for it, I will if I have the need to this summer.
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Our local water is high in chloramines. I've never tried this, but I did it for the first time on last night's brew. I'll let you know if I can tell a difference.
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Our homebrew store doesn't sell Campden Tablets but it does sell something called "Sterilant" which is sodium metabisulfite powder. Same stuff as in a Campden Tab so if you can't find them, use this. less than a tsp will treat your brew water for the day.

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Our homebrew store doesn't sell Campden Tablets but it does sell something called "Sterilant" which is sodium metabisulfite powder. Same stuff as in a Campden Tab so if you can't find them, use this. less than a tsp will treat your brew water for the day.

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I have been using campton to treat my chlorimine water for years. Works a charm.

I would prefer to use potassium metabisulfite over sodium to reduce the amount of salt in my brew.

You can always order them on line if you can't get them locally.
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Would a water filter (PUR) do the same thing? Will using water that has been filtered through a charcole filter affect the minnerals and salts needed for the mash?
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If you can get the powder form, its easier to use for this purpose than the actual tablets, and potassium metabisulfite is a good alternative, depending on sodium levels in your water supply. Also, it's safe up to 8 times (or more) the necessary amount, and boils off.

Carbon filtration works, but Chloramine requires a lot more carbon/surface area/exposure time to remove, so reverse osmosis is good, and larger filter systems are good, but the smaller/quick and dirty ones may not suffice. SMS or PMS are the ticket in most situations.

I've only recently learned of my water supply's chloramine content, so my first three brews treated with campden/SMS are still fermenting.
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I use potassium metabisulfate as well to remove chlorine/chloramines. I have a charcoal filter in line before but I can still smell the chlorine, I probably run it through the filter way too fast.

Generally the carbon filter is not going to have an affect on the ions in the water (minerals). it should remove chlorine if you run it through very slowly.


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