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Old 07-22-2008, 01:02 AM   #1
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What kind of water does everyone use?

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Old 07-22-2008, 01:04 AM   #2
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Don't get people started on this one, but general rule of thumb: if its ok drink, its ok to brew beer with.

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Old 07-22-2008, 01:05 AM   #3
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I use port huron tap water! But +1 on what Parker said....on both counts...

*ducks outta here before the water debate begins.* actually name your fermenters????
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:05 AM   #4
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so spring water will be okay?

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Old 07-22-2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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Don't use distilled water (especially for AG).

Don't use JUST RO water (especially for AG).

If it tastes like crap, don't use it.

If it's got crap floating it it, don't use it.

Otherwise, it's probably OK.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:16 AM   #6
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Lots of different theories on this one, but I agree with what's been posted so far. I use tap water and am able to make some pretty good beer.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:18 AM   #7
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I use tap water for my 2 gal. boils and bottled spring water for the remaining 3 gallons. That being said, I have used unboiled, unfiltered tap water exclusively and it worked just fine.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:42 AM   #8
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depending on your water quality. If you use a carbon filter, run it as slow as you do your sparge. carbon is not a filter but an absorber. the slower the flow the more it absorbs. I set my flow to a trickle and leave it overnight before brewing, this assures a purer more consistent water for brewing. If I don't have time to filter correctly then I use drinking water from the water store( it has some sodium and other minerals that RO does not.)
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:09 AM   #9
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Spring water - but only because my tap water is not very good tasting.

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:25 AM   #10
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All of our water in this little town is softened. I always complained that it taste like CRAP.

Then my wife said = let's do a blind taste testing. She put filtered water and tap wated into the refrig for 1 hour. I scoffed and laughed under my breath.

Time came and I tasted both.

OH OH - no chlorine smell - both tasted the same! DAMN!!!

I was forced to buy her a 6 pack of Point Amber.

If you can drink it and it's not RO or distilled - go for it.
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