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Old 10-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #61
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Rockland County NY
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I use Salt to treat my water. I believe Palmer says to avoid water that's softened this way.

Does anyone have experience with this topic.

Its not that I dont believe Palmer (I do) I just wanted to know what the big deal is :P

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Old 10-13-2008, 12:03 PM   #62
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Milford, CT
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I'm an extract/PM brewer and use all tap water. My water is low in minerals.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:36 PM   #63
Oct 2008
Bridgeport MI.
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i started my first batch on friday, i used spring water. i make wine also i have found (well my head thinks, that spring water makes it turn out better than tap water) maybe from the chlorine and the other crap they put in the water?

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Old 10-13-2008, 01:44 PM   #64
Sep 2008
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I use store bought culligan water, 33 cents per gallon if you refill your own bottles.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #65
Sep 2008
London, UK
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i use london tap water, which if you read the rumours has apparently travelled through on average 7 people before you drink it, beer still tastes good!

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Old 10-13-2008, 02:11 PM   #66
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Waynesville, MO
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i use tap water for my darker beers and add what I think are the minerals for the style. There is lots of info out there, some conflicting.

When I brew lighter beers I use RO water and add minerals back in to get the profile I want.

I cant say I notice the difference, because I have never done a side by side.

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Old 10-13-2008, 02:30 PM   #67
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I was using bottled spring water, but only because our water had a funny taste. Now that they have changed the piping near my house, I am not the last on the run. I think that I should be good, but I still prefer the taste of the spring water, which is bottled just down the road anyway (but not on our municipal supply).

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