Absopure Spring Water for Mash?

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reshp1

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Anyone use Absopure Natural Spring Water for AG? I'm planning on using this on my first batch this weekend. (They come in 3 gal plastic jugs that look like better bottles, which I'll be using as carboys for smaller batches since I can't boil more than 5 gals yet). I can't find a water report on their website, and I'm set up to do PH measurements/adjustments yet. Anyone know off hand if this water will give acceptable results? I'll be doing a coriander wheat, grain bill:

7lbs Domestic 2-row
6lbs Wheat Malt
8oz Carapils 10L
(couple handful of rice hulls)

Should I put some 5.2 in there just to be safe?
 

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Any water will mash differently depending on the grain bill. Spring water should have a balanced and relatively low mineral content and should mash well for most light, pale, or amber colored beers. I think you'll be OK. If you're all set to measure pH, then you'll know when you mash I suppose. Do you have acids, etc. on hand to adjust if needed?
 

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To confirm whether or not they are better bottle type plastic bottles look on the bottom at the recycle symbol it should have a 1 inside or near it. And or it will say PETE or PET.
 
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clayof2day said:
If you're all set to measure pH, then you'll know when you mash I suppose. Do you have acids, etc. on hand to adjust if needed?
Actually I don't have PH test equipment yet either. I'll probably get the water chemistry additives at the same time. I did get a bottle of 5.2 with my order though, how well does that stuff work?
 

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It works well 99% of the time. With spring water it should be great. Only in extreme situations (off the charts water, or extreme, extreme [usually dark] beers) will it fail. Understanding water is one of the last things people recommend getting into. Make sure your processes are done first, but I think its kind of fun, and from practicle experience, it helped me undserstand why all my stouts tasted like an ash tray. Chapter 15 really helps.
 
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abracadabra said:
To confirm whether or not they are better bottle type plastic bottles look on the bottom at the recycle symbol it should have a 1 inside or near it. And or it will say PETE or PET.
I went and got them today, they say both 1 inside the recycle symbol and PETE under it. The downside is they have a significant blue tint to them, but other than that they should work fine for fermenting.
 

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reshp1 said:
Should I put some 5.2 in there just to be safe?
Since you have it go ahead and use it. I also agree with clayof2day that you should focus on your process first.
 
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