1st Homebrew - How to make it better?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by GoGators, Dec 22, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,567) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Wont simply boiling the water you are adding to the primary remove the chlorine?” Boiling will indeed remove chlorine. I am not a utility water expert but I think the majority of public water is using chloramine these days (since chloramine is more stable than chlorine).

    So, if the OP contacts his public water provider and finds out that his tap water contains chlorine then he has the option of the boiling method. He will need to boil his ‘top off’ water and let it cool down prior to adding it to the primary.

    A ‘benefit’ of the carbon block filtering method is that in addition to removing chlorine/chloramine it will also remove other aesthetic volatiles (if they are present).

  2. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (705) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Not sure whether it matters but i also have a water softener in which all my tap water runs through.
  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,567) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am not a water treatment expert but my understanding of water softeners is that they remove the ions that cause the water to be hard, in most cases calcium and magnesium ions.

    I very much doubt that the water softening process will have any impact on the aspects of chlorine/chloramine.

    Hopefully billandsuz will chime in on this thread; he is a water treatment expert.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.