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Old 06-26-2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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I am about to do my first extract batch but have a question about sanitation. I will be adding adding approximately 2 gallons of boiling wort to approx. 3 gallons of cold water in my primary. Do I need to boil the 3 gallons of tap water the night before? Is the water right out of the tap sanitary enough that any bacteria are negligible? Thanks all.


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Old 06-26-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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I did extract for years and never boiled the top of water. Some people do but I do not think it is really necessary.


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Old 06-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #3
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I don't boil my tap water, but I do filter.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
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I am about to do my first extract batch but have a question about sanitation. I will be adding adding approximately 2 gallons of boiling wort to approx. 3 gallons of cold water in my primary. Do I need to boil the 3 gallons of tap water the night before? Is the water right out of the tap sanitary enough that any bacteria are negligible? Thanks all.
I just use tap water, no boiling. I would not add boiling wort to anything though! Wait for it to cool.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:49 PM   #5
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Boiling wouldn't hurt to be safe. While not sanitation related, you'll want to consider doing something about the chlorine/chloramines in the tap water. When I did extract brews I just used bottled spring water from the grocery...3 gallons runs you about $3.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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I just use plain tap water and haven't had any issues.
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It's a matter of choice...I personally don't bother....But some people swear by it...
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I have suspected that it's fine. Boiling and cooling would sanitize and also strip more chlorine out.

Having said that: my last batch of Weizen was called Waterhose Weizen because I did everything with water straight from the garden hose. It worked out fine, so I got one of those potable-water RV hoses just to be lead-safe for my next batches.

I am pretty scrupulous with sanitization on everything else, so perhaps that protects me a bit from bugs introduced from the tap/hose.


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