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Old 10-29-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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I am an all grain brewer in the NW Indiana area. We have a fair amount of chlorine in our water so I have started using Campden Tablets to remove it. My question is when? Should I add it to the liquor, to the boil kettle, should I add it the night before? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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I'm not aware of Campden tablets being able to remove chlorine from water. I am pretty sure that a nice long boil will take care of it though.

I'll be watching this to see what others say!


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Old 10-29-2008, 03:28 PM   #3
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I live in Chicago and I'm not sure that the chlorine gets more potent than here. What I got to solve my problem was an RV filter:
Amazon.com: Culligan RV-500A Recreational Vehicle External Water Filter (Includes Standard Hose Fittings): Home Improvement
I just hook it up to my laundry tub faucet and connect a 4' piece of garden hose. The water coming out tastes great (as good as most store brand bottled water). No hints of chlorine.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:35 PM   #4
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Mr. Wizard at BYO indicates that it works pretty fast. BYO - Clearing Chloramine & Historical Hopping: Mr. Wizard

Also here is prior thread on the subject. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/do-c...e-water-59467/
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I was just reading up on this, this morning. If you have just chlorine boiling is fine and you do it before you use the water. If you have chloromines then you will need the campden tablets as they are a more stable compound and harder to drive off. Here is an article I came across this morning from BYO. Essentially what he recommends is dissolving the tab and then your water is good to go 2 minutes later.
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edit: DOH, too slow!
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I use Campden tablets to remove Chlorine and Chloramine. My first all grain tasted awful. The guys at my local brew club thought it was a chlorine taste and suggested using campden tablets. Next time around things tasted much better.

1 tablet supposedly treats 20 gallons. I cut mine in half. Put one half into the water while I heat it up for mashing. and the other half when I heat the water for the sparge.
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I add a crushed tablet to my liquor and then heat that. By time the water is to strike temp the chlorine/chloramines are converted.


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