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Is Bottled Water Steril?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by jbakajust1, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    The title says it all, is bottled water, Arrowhead, sterile?
  2. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Member

    Location:
    California
    in a way yes, But a good rule to live by with homebrewing is ALWAYS boil your water, one way or the other
  3. htomsirveaux

    htomsirveaux Member

    Location:
    Texas
    No, it isn't.

    Edit:
    Speaking of Arrowhead or any other typical bottled water you'd find at the grocery.
  4. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Member

    Location:
    California
    NO. If you want it sterile, autoclave it.
  5. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    I guess for more information, I need to make a second step for my starter. My plan was to boil up my starter wort tonight, put it into a boiled quart jar, seal, cool over night, then pitch into my flask in the morning. Problem is I only have 1 quart jar but need 2L of starter wort. Then my thought was do everything into 1 qt @ 1.080 strength, then dilute with bottled water. If bottled water is full of contaminants then I will be infecting my starter, but if it is "sterile" then I should be able to do this. No time to wait for wort to coll tonight before bed, no time in morning to mix, boil, chill, pitch.
  6. inchrisin

    inchrisin Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Go buy a 3 liter of Faygo. Drink it or dump it. It's a buck.
  7. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Can you pour boiling hot wort into a 2L PET bottle, cap, and refrigerate?
  8. inchrisin

    inchrisin Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Nope, but you should have a saucepan with a lid that you're using to boil your wort. Throw that into an ice bath in your sink. It takes 30-45 min.
  9. nozferatu46

    nozferatu46 Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    I've topped off regularly with bottled water for years. No issues from it.

    I wouldn't say bottled water is sterile... but its about as low risk of infection as you'll get.
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  10. geezerpk

    geezerpk Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    I think many equate "sterile" with "sanitized," they just aren't the sane thing. Sanitary is generally good enough for brewing I suspect. Does anyone really think commercial brewing operations produce beer under operating room-like conditions?
  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Wow, I use tap water post boil all the time and have never had issues with infections. I guess my water treatment plant does a fine job.
  12. VikeMan

    VikeMan Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Sterile? No
    Sanitary? Probably.
    Would I boil anyway? Yep.
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  13. inchrisin

    inchrisin Member

    Location:
    Indiana

    You can probably thank the chloramines that they use. I don't condone for 8 gal of brew water, but you proably don't have issues if it's a quart here or there.
  14. mattsander

    mattsander Member

    Location:
    Alberta (Canada)
    Definitely not sterile, probably (Sanitary) fine to use though.
  15. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Member

    Location:
    Mexico
    Same results here. I use it to top off regularly and never had a problem.
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  16. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Member

    Location:
    Nevada
    Starters...especially step up/dregs are a little different than anything else, but the cholera in the bottled water shouldn't be a problem : )

    I have used bottled water instead of boiled for rehydrating all my dry yeast over the last several years and have had absolutely no problems
  17. MRsojourner

    MRsojourner Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I echo this. never had a problem using it
  18. kscaldef

    kscaldef Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    I go with distilled water for top ups. 20c more per gallon seems reasonable for more peace of mind
  19. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Member

    Location:
    Nevada
    Distilled water usually is bottled.
  20. kscaldef

    kscaldef Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Yes, but the process of distillation should sanitize it. As opposed to many other bottled waters which are essentially the tap water of the bottling plant.
  21. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Member

    Location:
    Nevada
    Tap water that has the chlorine removed and probably been uv sanitized for packaging...just like the distilled.

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