What's your reasoning behind brewing with distilled? Personally, I use either spring water from the supermarket, or water from my refrigerator dispenser that has an inline filter. But I just don't understand why, if you're going through the trouble to buy gallons of water at the store, you'd choose distilled, considering that it's roughly twice as expensive---at least at my local stores it is.gabe said:I have used distilled water in all my brews, whats this I hear about it not being good to brew with? I thought malt grain has all the minerals I need to convert.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegasdavid_42 said:A couple breweries in the Las Vegas area process their water extensively. It's good enoughfor people to drink, but the county won't let them brew with it.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that. It may have been sterile when it was collected, but it sits for a while, usually, before it's purchased and/or used, which is plenty of time for stuff to get into it.glibbidy said:Distlilled water is definitley Sterile. i.e., there ain't nothing alive in it.
And not to be additionally pedantic, odds are the container it was put in wasn't sterile -- merely sanitary.bikebryan said:I wouldn't go so far as to say that. It may have been sterile when it was collected, but it sits for a while, usually, before it's purchased and/or used, which is plenty of time for stuff to get into it.
I would agree that it is free of minerals and pollutants.
Actually the containers may be sterile. I've seen milk jugs made which I would think is similar to the process of making the galon water bottles. They use a "blow mold" machine. Plastic pellets are heated to melting, the jug is formed, and the milk is dispensed into it while the plastic is still hot. The whole process takes less than a minute! However I suppose that there may very well be mictobes in the air space in the bottle.kornkob said:And not to be additionally pedantic, odds are the container it was put in wasn't sterile -- merely sanitary.
Actually it is ok to do extract brewing with distilled water but when doing AG you need the minerals. So if using distilled water to do AG then add the correct minerals needed to brew the style you are brewing.david_42 said:If you are doing all grain, then distilled water is probably ok. I would not use it without yeast nutrient, myself.