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View Poll Results: Do you boil the adding water?
I always boil water before adding to my wort 8 14.29%
I DON'T boil, I use tap water 25 44.64%
I DON'T boil, I use bottle water 11 19.64%
I boil for the main part, but use tap water to top up 3 5.36%
I boil for the main part, but use bottle water to top up 9 16.07%
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:16 PM   #1
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In one of my batches, after adding the boil-now-cool water to the wort, it was till at 4.3 gal mark. So I added tap water to make it 5.0 gal, it was too late at night to boil and cool the water. It however started fermenting within 15 minutes thank to the big starter I had made. The beer turn out fine, or at least looked like beer, smelled like beer and tasted like beer.
This make me wonder how is everyone else doing with the adding water.

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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I have yet to have a problem with tap water (I have a water softener and filtration system in house) The only precaution I take is spraying star-san on the faucett before using it.

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:11 PM   #3
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I have yet to have a problem with tap water (I have a water softener and filtration system in house) The only precaution I take is spraying star-san on the faucett before using it.

Please don't kid me! I always think that 100% of people out there boil their water, only lazy me having the idea of not boiling.
Are you serious? We can use tap water?

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:01 PM   #4
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I use bottled water. Sometimes the tap water tastes like chlorine. I rather not get off flavors from the chemicals and minerals in the tap water.

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:07 PM   #5
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I have added up to 3.5 gallons of tap water before. No problems with it. I have used bottled water the last couple batches but think ill go back to tap because ours is excellent here - no real benefit to using bottled except that I can put the jugs in the freezer so they are just above freezing after my boil. Good for cooling the wort quickly. I usually boil 2-2.5 gallons and add the rest with cooled water.
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:08 PM   #6
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If it's a little bit to top up to the 5 gallon mark I just draw it straight from the tap. Usually I try and make sure I've made extra wort than I need. Water is never completely sterile, sure, but as long as you've been careful with everything else it's never a problem IMO.

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:27 PM   #7
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Our tap water tastes fine, so I use straight tap water for my 2 gallons of top off water. No boiling.

 
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:32 PM   #8
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I have never boiled. In one apartment at college the water tasted terrible and used bottled water. Boiling and allowing it to cool seems like too much of a pain in the A$$. When brewing is a pain in the A$$ its time to evaluate your procedures.
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:13 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Beer Snob
I have never boiled. In one apartment at college the water tasted terrible and used bottled water. Boiling and allowing it to cool seems like too much of a pain in the A$$. When brewing is a pain in the A$$ its time to evaluate your procedures.
My first ever batch got some water from the tap while I was cooling down the wort, I boiled the wort again!
However I still am surprised on the result that vast amount of people don't boil!

 
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:19 PM   #10
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I won't drink tap water, so I'm not going to use it in my beer either. Spring water at Wally World is only like 68 cents a gallon. Granted, I use tap water to fill ice cube trays, but I may stop doing that too.

On a side note, I can water (soak) my vegetable gardens with a hose using tap water, and the plants just sit there. Then after it rains, the plants just shoot up and grow like crazy. Coincidence?

 
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