Filter water before brewing?

Customer_QuestionCustomer_Question Member Posts: 26
edited October 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions
Hi, I am now the proud owner of one of your micro-brewery kits and can’t wait to get going. However, I have one question before I begin. When we make a cup of tea or have a glass of water, we use a Britta water filter jug first to reduce limescale etc (we live in Oxford and the water is a bit on the hard side!). I wondered if I should really be filtering all the water that I use in making the beer, or if this is a pointless step? Obviously it would be rather time consuming to filter 40 pints of water!

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  • HBO_StaffHBO_Staff Administrator Posts: 2,038
    edited July 2012
    Thanks for your order. Regarding different water in different regions affecting the taste of beer. It can do slightly but there’s nowhere in the UK now that has water unsuitable for home brewing, in the 70’s and 80’s there were some areas where fluoride and other additives were put in the water in large quantities which affected the taste too much.

    It is sometimes recommended with home brew wines to use bottled spring water for the best possible results. Using filtered water would only improve your beer as the chlorine and impurities that the filter will remove should help the quality of the beer but as a general rule it isn’t really necessary. Good luck with the brewing.

    A good tip and compromise is to fill your fermenting vessel with water and leave overnight. This will allow the chlorine to evaporate, improving the water.
  • stanleybagpussstanleybagpuss Member Posts: 1
    I was wondering about this I want to use my Britta water filter But do I need to sterilise the jug before or is it fine as it is (it gets used ever day and filter changed regularly anyway)
  • HBO_StaffHBO_Staff Administrator Posts: 2,038
    Hi Stanleybagpuss, it may be a good idea to give the jug a clean with a good cleaner such as VWP from time to time, it will just ensure it is free from any contaminants. Perhaps not the filter itself though, changing it as recommended by the manufacturers is best for that.
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