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Old 06-09-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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I've heard that distilled water is bad for brewing. Is that true, and is it bad enough to ruin a batch?

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Old 06-09-2008, 11:32 PM   #2
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It's not really bad, it just doesn't have much in it. It doesn't really matter much for extract brewing- the extract has the minerals in it from when it was made. But for partial mash and all-grain brewing, it's not good at all. Reverse osmosis water is good, and is bottled spring water. I use my tap water.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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The general rule of thumb is, if your water tastes good, it's a good start to making good beer. Taste it - if it tastes OK to you, then use it. In my experience, distilled water tastes sort of flat so I avoid it.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
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I would personally use mineral water.

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