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Old 07-22-2008, 03:29 AM   #11
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I have a filter in my refrigerator, and get my water from great.

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:38 PM   #12
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i only ask cause my first brew day is thursday and around here with have stuff floating in the water...thanks for all the help

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:42 PM   #13
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I use tap water but only because we have great water up here. If you have stuff floating, I'd def go buy some bottled water.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:45 PM   #14
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I filter a few gallons of tap water for my boil, then top off with gallon jugs of "spring water" from the grocery store, whatever's on sale.

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:52 PM   #15
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There's a theory that RO and distilled water are actually BETTER for extract brewing than spring water or other less "pure" water. Since most of the mineral content from the original mash persists in the extract, it adds back whatever chemistry is missing from the RO/distilled water. I've never done a side-by-side comparison, but the logic seems sound. I do know that it's very possible to brew some great extract beers using RO water. That's how I brewed most of my extract batches a few years ago.

If you're going to accomplish a mash of ANY kind, avoid RO and distilled water unless you're prepared to get into water chemistry, brewing salts, and pH adjustments.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:57 PM   #16
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PUR filtered tap...
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:12 AM   #17
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Should I not use RO/DI water for an extract/specialty grain recipe? I'm about to brew a Hefe this weekend and was going to use RO/DI.

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Old 07-23-2008, 02:08 AM   #18
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M@ you are fine. you are just steeping the grain, right?
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:16 AM   #19
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I just go to Wal Mart or the local grocery store and get five 1 gallon jugs of spring water and its about 3.50 for all five, they work just fine.

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Old 07-23-2008, 02:23 AM   #20
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These may be dumb questions, but that never stopped me before:
1) Does RO stand for "Regular Old"?
2) And it seems every recommends against using RO and Distilled water for mashing. Does that mean I should use Spring Water?
3) Sorry for opening Pandora's Box with this one - How do I know that the Spring Water is of a better quality than my tap water (i.e. how do I know that it isn't tap water from another town?)

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