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Old 07-12-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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First of all, I have well water, and for my first batch I boiled 3 gallons early in the day and then cooled and poured it into the primary for later (when I added 2 more gallons of extract/water) was boiling it necessary?

Also I don't have an auto siphon and the instructions say to fill my tubing with water and let it drain into the bottling bucket to start the siphon, do I need to boil that water also or should I not worry about it since it's such a small amount? Or perhaps just spend the money on an auto siphon or make the t-siphon shown in another post?

 
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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Typically, if the water is good for drinking it's good for brewing. Boiling definitely doesn't hurt, but it's not completely necessary.

As for the siphon, before I got an autosiphon I would swish a shot of vodka around my mouth, then just suck start the siphon.

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Old 07-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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Another quick question I thought of was this, if I transfer to the secondary (after about 4-5 days and almost no signs of fermentations) will it reduce the time necessary in the bottle for conditioning, or is it still 2-3 weeks in the bottle either way?

 
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Still a minimum of three weeks no matter what. Bottle conditioning is for carbonating the beer as well as aging for improved flavor. The secondary is more for letting the beer clear.
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