KCullison86

Purified Water VS Tap Water

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So I tried my first kit (Apple Brown Beery) using city tap water and it soured. I may have jumped the gun and instead of brewing another kit, I am trying my hand at an all grain brew. This time I used water from a well. (I’m getting ready to bottle this week). 

My biggest question is what is the best water to use???  I’ve read thru the forums and even more online and I’m still confused!!!

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Our water is like liquid rock it is so hard, so we have an RO/DI unit for our aquarium water.  I just run it through the RO, takes out most everything, leaves soft water and so far seems to be good for brewing.  No difference with what you get out of those machines in the store except I know when my filters were last changed and exactly what the hardness of the water is.  My total investment was maybe a hundred bucks and about 30-60 bucks a year in filters.

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Is your ABB "sour" or is it tart?  If you were looking for a sweeter result, this one's not it as it's a tart product.  I like it that way, but my wife not so much.  So if she wants one I put about 1/4 cup of apple juice in her glass before pouring the ABB.  That cuts the tartness quite a bit.

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I use 1 gallon jugs of spring water from the grocery store.  When it comes to tap water, its not the source water that concerns me as it has to meet certain standards.  Its all the piping from the source to my tap.  Who knows whats in them.  Bottled water is cheap insurance of a good water.

 

Put the water jugs in the fridge, if I forget to fridge them, 90 minutes in the freezer does the trick.

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