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Old 11-13-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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If I use Bottled Spring Water from Costco ... Do I still need to boil it before topping Carboy off with it during Brewing?



 
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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I never boiled my top-off water when I was doing extract.



 
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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No need to really. However, you may want to do some research and find what the mineral content is for the spring water. Bottled water is mostly a completely unregulated industry so for all you know it could just be tap water in those bottles and your money would be better spent using distilled water. Also, depending on the style you're brewing you want to know the mineral content of the water you are using anyway.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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Distilled water?

I have read this is not good to use???

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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I think you shouldn't use distilled water to brew with. (all the minerals have been removed.) As for top up water, I believe it should be fine.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:40 PM   #6
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distilled water - no minerals so can be problematic for all grain mashing.
is ok for top up but. sterilized distilled water is even better as all the bugs have been killed - or you could boil it to kill any contamination.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:06 PM   #7
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I ALWAYS use poland springs.. and never boil my top-off water (I do 2 gallonisg boils)...
neve and issue.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:51 PM   #8
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Um yeah... I should have added that with distilled you would need to test the PH and also add mineral content to achieve the content you need for the style you want to recreate. With distilled you have a clean palate to create the water you want. With bottled "spring" unless you do the research you don't really know what you have, and it may njot be what you need. But that's just my opinion.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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Some of the European bottled spring waters I've seen will list the mineral content on the labels. Not sure if they're accurate but at least something to start with.



 
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